For years, Sms has been asking SF editors
to give him stories with spacemen, girls in
alien planets or aliens. The
editors, on the other hand, have tended to get him to illo ‘Proper
SF’ which is all very nice and flattering but it can be a bit
awkward when your art show consists of pictures of blank
people staring at kitchens.
decided he’d just paint a series of something he’d been doodling
using as ‘Autograph’ style sketches for years: Babes in
tight fitting spacesuits.
It’s a happy coincidence that the moons of
Uranus are all named, either after the heroines of Shakespeare’s
plays*, or after the (Female) Sprites of Pope’s ‘Rape of the
Sms has a
fascination for Uranus (No, please, let’s be serious here for a
second), which has all the plusses of any Solar gas giant, but is
just a little more subtle about it than the others. It also has a wacky
angle of rotation, which is great for Composition.