The Solar System And Almost Everything In It
January 1, 2021 9:54 AM   Subscribe

The Solar System And Almost Everything In It
The Solar System And Almost Everything In It is a hand painted book showing the solar system and almost everything in it, all drawn to two slightly different scales, so that the planets are all scaled to the size of the sun, and the distances are all scaled to the distance of the earth from the sun, and both these are then the exact width of a page.

I would like to have drawn everything to one single scale, but if I’d stuck with the first, the book would have had to have been 5000 pages long, while if I’d stuck to the second, the sun would have been 2.5 mm wide, and everything else invisible to the human eye. So instead you’ll just have to accept that either the sun and the planets are a 100 times too big, or that the space between them is 100 times too small.

(Also please not that some of the smaller planets and probably all of moons are slightly oversized, due to the unfortunate blobbing of paint as I applied it inexpertly to the page, and the asteroids are so oversized that there’s no real excuse for their appearance, except that I love the asteroid belt, and all the asteroids who linger there)
Role: writer, illustrator
posted by dng (3 comments total) 4 users marked this as a favorite

This is amazing, and I would buy that book. I think I would have flipped through it a million times as a kid - it does a really nice job of conveying the mystery of space.
posted by trig at 10:08 AM on January 1, 2021 [1 favorite]

I hope you publish this. It's beautiful and would make a lovely gift.
posted by amtho at 8:01 PM on January 2, 2021 [1 favorite]

I saw this a couple days ago and can't stop thinking about it. Fantastic work.
posted by Literaryhero at 4:34 AM on January 14, 2021 [1 favorite]

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