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About Digital Art / Professional Seth PritchardMale/United States Groups :iconrealspaceshipdesigns: RealSpaceshipDesigns
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Sedna by SMPritchard Sedna :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 9 1 Orcus and Vanth by SMPritchard Orcus and Vanth :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 10 1 Haumea by SMPritchard Haumea :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 68 9 Niobe by SMPritchard Niobe :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 20 2 TSC Electric Magnolia Spec Sheet by SMPritchard TSC Electric Magnolia Spec Sheet :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 50 1 Electric Magnolia by SMPritchard Electric Magnolia :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 70 5 Runs More Smoothly When Lubricated by SMPritchard Runs More Smoothly When Lubricated :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 47 17 Horizon Station by SMPritchard Horizon Station :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 18 2 Lunar Mass Driver - Aerial View by SMPritchard Lunar Mass Driver - Aerial View :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 20 5 Lunar Mass Driver by SMPritchard Lunar Mass Driver :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 43 5 Titan Stripmine by SMPritchard Titan Stripmine :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 8 8 Dizhou Station by SMPritchard Dizhou Station :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 14 2 Brown Dwarf Transit by SMPritchard Brown Dwarf Transit :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 12 4 Light of the Giant by SMPritchard Light of the Giant :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 6 0 Phobos by SMPritchard Phobos :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 33 5 Lunar Freighter by SMPritchard Lunar Freighter :iconsmpritchard:SMPritchard 66 9


View of Pluto by GuilleBot View of Pluto :iconguillebot:GuilleBot 77 8 Acriphagea by Kezrek
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Acriphagea :iconkezrek:Kezrek 148 14
Intercept by Ergrassa Intercept :iconergrassa:Ergrassa 43 7 Ring Plane by JustV23 Ring Plane :iconjustv23:JustV23 258 19 VORTEX by edlo VORTEX :iconedlo:edlo 2,228 141 Sky of a ringed planet by JustV23 Sky of a ringed planet :iconjustv23:JustV23 497 48 HOPE-VASIMIR by GrahamTG HOPE-VASIMIR :icongrahamtg:GrahamTG 139 9 The business end by GrahamTG The business end :icongrahamtg:GrahamTG 201 11 Project Daedalus by GrahamTG Project Daedalus :icongrahamtg:GrahamTG 242 16 Faunus 9 by Ergrassa Faunus 9 :iconergrassa:Ergrassa 95 15 Meeting in the Banana by bagtaggar Meeting in the Banana :iconbagtaggar:bagtaggar 14 0 Pogonia by Hyrotrioskjan Pogonia :iconhyrotrioskjan:Hyrotrioskjan 265 74 This Can Be Done by Marrekie This Can Be Done :iconmarrekie:Marrekie 158 52 Daphnis by JustV23 Daphnis :iconjustv23:JustV23 200 15 The Martian : Sunset on mars by Mushstone The Martian : Sunset on mars :iconmushstone:Mushstone 757 90 Gas Core Rocket New Radiation Simulation by William-Black Gas Core Rocket New Radiation Simulation :iconwilliam-black:William-Black 17 2




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Seth Pritchard
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
United States
I'm a physics student and aspiring sci-fi writer. I like to make pretty spaceships in my spare time.

If you're interested in contacting me for a commission, you can reach me at I'm currently open, as its the summer and my schedule is a bit freer. My rates are as follows:

$0.75 per in^2 + $15/hr

$15.00/hr modeling/texturing/rendering/compositing

$20.00/hr modeling/texturing/keyframing/baking/rendering/compositing


One of the furthest Kuiper Belt objects known, distant Sedna is currently 86 AU away from the Sun. Sedna's orbit is one of the most elongated known for an object of its size, having a perihelion of 76 AU and an aphelion all the way out at 937 AU, near the edge of the inner Oort Cloud. This extremely eccentric orbit takes 11,400 years to complete. A number of different hypotheses have been proposed to explain this strange orbit, including perturbations from a passing star or stars within the Sun's birth cluster, the effects of a distant, unseen planet (such as the infamous "Planet 9"), or even that Sedna was captured by the Sun from a passing extrasolar planetary system. Regardless, Sedna may hold keys to understanding fundamental aspects of our Solar System's past.

Sedna was discovered in 2003, and is thought to have a diameter of 995 km. As it has no known moon, no reliable constraints can be put on its mass. Sedna also lacks any detectable atmosphere, but since Nitrogen ice has been detected on its surface, the possibility exists that it may develop an extremely tenuous, seasonal atmosphere. Remarkably, Sedna is almost as red as Mars, despite being made primarily of ice. Instead of iron oxide dust, Sedna's redness is probably due to radiation-altered organics called tholins which coat the icy crust in a thick, dark sludge.
I started a new art series called The Minor Planet Series! Each week, I'll try to post a new rendering of at least one Kuiper Belt object or Centaur, excluding any that have already been imaged by spacecraft (basically just Pluto, Ceres, and Vesta). Since there are quite a lot of them, I've chosen to narrow the list to just a select few. For the KBOs, I am thinking of featuring Eris, Quaoar, Sedna, Makemake, Salacia, Ixion, Varda, Varuna, 2007 OR10, and 2002 MS4. I will also probably feature at least 3 Centaurs; the famous ringed minor planets Chariklo and Chiron, as well as Nessus, a world featured in the video game Destiny 2 that is sadly significantly less awesome in real life, but still pretty scientifically interesting.
Orcus and Vanth
Next up in my series of dwarf planet renders. This is Orcus and its large moon Vanth. Like Pluto and Charon, Orcus and Vanth may be tidally locked to one another, but since an accurate measurement of its rotation has yet to be made, that remains to be seen. Discovered in 2004, Orcus' orbit is very similar to that of Pluto's, coming in as close as 30 AU and moving out to over 49 AU. It even shares Pluto's 2:3 orbital resonance with Neptune. However, the aphelion and perihelion points of Orcus and Pluto are out of phase by nearly 180 degrees; when Pluto is at aphelion, Orcus is at perihelion and vice versa. Because of these quirks, Orcus is sometimes called the "anti-Pluto".
My interpretation of Haumea, with its 2 moons Namaka and Hi'iaka, and newly-discovered ring, announced just yesterday (October 11, 2017) in the journal Nature. This recent observation also refined the size estimates of this distant dwarf planet; its longest axis is 2,322 km long, about the same size as Pluto. Haumea is a very strange world. Discovered in 2004, it rotates so quickly (once every 4 hours) that it is distorted into a triaxial ellipsoid (kind of like an American football). It's thought that this very rapid rotation is the result of a massive ancient impact that also broke off several large chunks of dwarf planet that became independent Kuiper Belt objects. These objects, together with Haumea itself, form the Haumea Collisional Family. At its closest, Haumea comes as close as 35 AU to the Sun, while at its furthest it goes all the way out to 51 AU, far beyond Pluto. That red patch is real; there is some large region on its surface which is covered in a red material; likely radiation-altered organics left behind or cast up from some massive impact, perhaps the same one responsible for its fast rotation in the first place. The rest of Haumea is an icy white-grey, since its surface is mostly made of water. These rings, too, are likely made of water-ice.

Niobe Settlement, one of the oldest floating "cloud-cities" on Venus, in the early 2250's. The modular design of Venusian sky-cities allows for rapid expansion and reconfiguration to match changes in population or resource limits. In the dense, CO2-rich atmosphere of Venus, Terran air (primarily Nitrogen and Oxygen) is a lifting gas with 60% the lifting power of Helium on Earth. Primary lift for inhabitated structures is provided by huge canopies filled with air, allowing for vast livable spaces often filled with vegetation. A coating of Teflon and other corrosion-resistant chemicals protects the balloon envelopes and structural facades from the sulfuric acid clouds.

Travel between disconnected parts of the settlement is typically done by airship, while travel to orbit is via two-stage "lightcraft" hybrid rockets (The first stage is driven by using a powerful laser to superheat the air under the craft, propelling it upwards by deflecting the resultant plume of ionized air, while the second stage uses more traditional rocket motors to reach and return from orbit).

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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KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017
Happy Birthday! :D
Centurion030 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017
Happy birthday!!!!!!!!!!!
Emilion-3 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2017  Hobbyist Writer
Happy birthday. Your stuff is depression b-gone.
KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2016
Happy Birthday! :D
Here's your gift:… ;)
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!
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