Turn an idea into sci-fi art
Recalls a melancholic maxim and visualises it as a retro sci-fi scene
Zezhou Chen visualises a melancholic maxim.
he idea for this image and its title – S/MK 7.61 – came to me a long time ago. The title is the reverse of 16.7km/s, which is the third cosmic velocity: the minimum speed needed to escape the gravity of the sun and leave our solar system. It’s a metaphor, you could say.
For myself there’s another hidden meaning: leave my world, forget about me, go find a better place and a better future. And that’s the original idea of the image. It actually had a very tragic feeling, and I didn’t really want to touch it. So the
TChristmas 2014 concept was put aside until recently. I was about to paint something with a retro theme, as part of a project that I worked on with The SENSE, an artist group. That’s when I recalled my old idea.
I decided to combine the original concept and the retro theme by simply replacing the design with the retro science fiction elements. This, in turn, resulted in the final image you see here. It features bright colours, which is a huge departure from my early ideas. And it’s no longer a tragic scene. When I look at it, I feel a sense of hope.