Alan Bean: The Original Starman (Print)
Portrait print in memory of Apollo 12 Astronaut Alan Bean. This piece in colored pencil depicts NASA Astronaut Alan Bean in his EVA suit orbiting the Moon in his gold and black 1969 Corvette Stingray, also known as an “Astrovette.” The orbital trail of gold and silver stardust pays homage to a detail from the original Apollo 12 mission patch. The concept of this portrait was inspired by the SpaceX Starman (a mannequin in a SpaceX flight suit riding in Elon Musk’s cherry red Tesla Roadster on its way to Mars) launched on the Falcon Heavy maiden flight. I was present for that launch and it was one of the most thrilling moments of my life. Alan Bean was a huge inspiration for me both as an astronaut and as an artist. I wanted to create a portrait in honor of him and “Alan Bean: The Original Starman” came to mind, giving birth to this piece. A signed and numbered print (1/50) was presented to his daughter as a gift at Spacefest IX. This piece is very special to me personally.