Sci-Fi Art Feature — Joakim Ericsson

Hey there SciFi fans!

Although he was originally a classically trained painter, Joakim Ericsson has now found his calling as a concept artist. Known for his incredibly detailed pieces, his work also stands out because of his expert use of color, and mastery of perspective. He is based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Ericsson is a fantastic world-builder, which he and I have discussed in the context of Singularity’s Children; It’s quite an immense feat to think up an alternate reality, and I have a lot of respect for the kid of detailed drawings that he’s able to produce on the heel of that imagination.

Here are a few of his awe-inspiring visuals:

If you’re interested in seeing more, here’s a link to his ArtStation site!

Fossils found on Mars?

Small features have been found on the surface of Mars which are strikingly similar to Earth fossils of ancient worm- and mollusk-like creatures from 500 million years ago.

They may have formed as sediment filled animal burrows with fine particles. On Earth the matrix compressed inside the tunnel mineralizes into rock over millions of years. The ancient burrow casts, usually less than 5mm long, are later (hundreds of millions of years, later) sometimes exposed as the softer rock around them weathers away. They look like tiny squeezes of toothpaste.

“They look remarkably similar to Ordovician trace fossils I have studied and photographed here on Earth.”

“If not trace fossils, what other geological explanations will NASA come up with?”

Stunning to think that Mars might have had oceans swarming with life…

…even more mind-blowing that by extension billions of planets around stars in our galaxy probably still do…

Image via Concept aliens by Ken Barthelmey

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