Mark A. Garlick is a freelance illustrator and author
specializing in space, earth sciences, science fiction and technology.
He came into the space art business with a scientific background
— a doctorate in astrophysics — in late 1996.
After he finished his Ph.D., Mark spent three years
researching close cataclysmic binary stars at Sussex Unversity in
England. He then decided to change careers and has since written and
illustrated five of his own books, including the Atlas of the Universe,
his "passport to the cosmos." His images have also appeared in many
other books and publications. For information about his books, go to MarkGarlick.com
Mark used traditional paints when he began doing space
scenes but made the leap to digital graphics and insists it is no less
"The computer has no say in what the final image looks
like," he explains. "It comes from my imagination, and the computer
merely helps me to translate my idea into an image.
"If that's not art, perhaps I should go about chopping up cows or
assembling piles of bricks in posh art galleries."
images are the property of Mark A. Garlick and used with his
permission. Any unauthorized use is strictly forbidden.
cataclysmic binary star
system is seen from a cave on a hypothetical watery and rocky planet.
Admittedly, such a situation is highly unlikely to exist in reality,
given the violent nature of these stars.
Proxima is the
nearest star to the Sun. It is a dim red
dwarf seen here from a hypothetical orbiting planet. To the right you
can also make out Alpha Centauri, which is a binary star with two
Sun-like components. This piece appeared on the cover Asimov's Science
Fiction in May 2003.
876 is a star with a
planetary system around it, one of well over a hundred now known. Both
of the two known planets, which are giants, orbit the central star more
closely than Mercury orbits our Sun. This cover image for Sky &
Telescope magazine shows the innermost planet passing close to the star
from beyond the outermost planet.
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