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Mosquito by SMPritchard
A solar-powered resource mining spacecraft, gathering minerals and volatiles from the regolith of an asteroid. The payload of raw ore will then be delivered to a near-by orbital processing station for separation and refinement.
Plutonian Pits by SMPritchard
Plutonian Pits
One of the many strange features the New Horizons spacecraft imaged as it flew by Pluto were large plains covered in strange deep depressions and pits. After examining the images, researchers determined that the likeliest explanation for the pits is that they are pockmarks left behind by the rapid sublimation of surface ices when they are exposed to sunlight. These pits measure anywhere from a few hundred meters to several kilometers wide, and several meters deep. While sublimation is one of the leading explanations for their cause, there could still be some other unknown geological process driving their formation. This is my interpretation of what these strange pits might look like to explorers on the surface.
Stanford Torus by SMPritchard
Stanford Torus
The Stanford Torus has long been a staple in many hard sci-fi stories, as has the more general idea of a rotating wheel space station. Not only do they look really cool spinning slowly in the blackness of space, but they provide a cheap and reliable form of artificial gravity which doesn't rely on magic. Although smaller than the 1.8 km diameter ring proposed by Stanford University, this 500 meter variant in Lunar orbit still offers all the amenities one can expect from from more extravagant orbitals closer to Earth and in the Lagrange Constellations.
Baltia Habitat by SMPritchard
Baltia Habitat
Baltia is a paired O'neill Cylinder orbiting Saturn. It is a member state of the larger Saturn League, which is mainly composed of orbital habitats and a handful of stations and facilities scattered over the various moons.
In the Rings by SMPritchard
In the Rings
 Here we are embedded in the plane of the B ring, as a passing moonlet drags ring particles up and out in wave-like patterns.


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Seth Pritchard
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
I'm a physics student at UTSA, with a strong interest in planetary science, astrophysics, and cosmology. I have an intense passion for science, and I'm a vigorous supporter of manned space exploration and settlement. After finishing my physics degree, I plan on starting a PhD in astrophysics, and then maybe going back and getting a degree in aerospace engineering.

Eventually, I want to apply to NASA to become part of the Astronaut corps. My ultimate goal is to one day walk on Mars, and maybe even help to establish the first permanent human presence there.

If you're interested in contacting me for a commission, you can reach me at
Hello, followers.

Several months ago, I was contacted by the leader of a start-up game company to produce 3D assets for their space-based RTS game "Asteroid Ventures". Over the past few months, I've been creating test models and recently working hard on rendering animations for our cinematic announcement trailer, which was uploaded on YouTube on June 30th for Asteroid Day. You can watch the announcement trailer here.

Asteroid Ventures is a game about expanding into the solar system and using its resources to explore, expand, and survive. Start as a small private spaceflight company on Earth, relocate and mine small NEOs to build profit and experience, and then go on to build bases on the Moon, cis-Lunar space, and beyond. Colonize Mars, monopolize the Asteroid Belt, and press out into the dark, mysterious realm of the Outer Planets. How far can you go? 

The game is still very much in development. It'll be a while before we have anything playable to test, and there's still some things I'm not allowed to discuss yet.

I'm very excited about this project, and I'm proud to present this trailer to all of you! I hope you enjoy it. :)

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Plioart Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave. :) (Smile)
garryts Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey thanks for the fave! :-)

BTW, hats off to you for the great stuff you're dong in Blender - tried several times, but just can't scale the learning curve!
dammtemm Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015
Hey dude, I think your artwork is really amazing! Could you tell me what softwares and instruments do you use and what tutorials I could see to get a good start?
SMPritchard Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I use Blender. It's an awesome open-source (and free!) 3D modeling/animation software. It has a rather steep learning curve, but once you get the hang of it, it's amazingly powerful.

As for tutorials, two of the best resources I know of are the BlenderArtists forum and the Noob to Pro Wikibook.
AnataraKentara Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy birthday, and thanks for the fave!
SMPritchard Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you! And you're welcome!
KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2015
Happy Birthday! :D
Here's your gift:… ;)
SMPritchard Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! The perfect propulsion system!
KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2015
Of course, use the best when you can!;) 
MrWonderWorks Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Happy Birthday Seth.
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