Philately is probably meaningless in the 34th century, but I couldn’t resist to design a stamp featuring the almighty David Braben

Philately is probably meaningless in the 34th century, but I couldn’t resist to design a stamp featuring the almighty David Braben

“It’s DANGEROUS to go alone. Join him and find your place among the flying ELITE”

As an enthusiastic stamp collector I couldn’t resist to make a stamp version of my recent retro style sci-fi poster featuring the creator of Elite series, inspired by the old Soviet cosmonaut stamps.

Elite: Dangerous Stamp feat. David Braben

The illustration is vector-based, so it can be enlarged infinitely. The text, denomination and perforation was made with Photoshop. You can download the original, extra high resolution poster here: On popular demand I made a matching pair with an illustration of his certain coffee mug.
“Braben blend. The newest rare good. Prized for its rich aroma and body. Only grown in Sol.” – by Cmdr handsomeAniki

Short story of the stamps

Although I just wanted to express how I admire him, I was very afraid – thanks to my constant doubtfulness, which is typical of an artist like me – that David finds it disrespecful. So firstly I published the original retro poster on Twitter a bit fearfully, but the reaction was totally overhelmig: the official E:D immediately retweeted it, which encouraged me to make this stamp version of the poster. I wanted to create a really unique piece to connect two of my passions, stamp collecting and Elite: Dangerous with a little humor. Finally I was ready to post it on a more populous and critical social platform: on Reddit. Due to the global outcry of the Horizon’s pricing I expected a lot of anger against me and my “model” from the community, but I was pleasantly surprised. Everybody was nice and enthusiastic, there was no sign of haters at all. My concern about David would feel discomfort for my creation has been completely vanished when I discovered that the community team featured the stamps in the Comms Chatter and then in the weekly Newsletter. It was really great honour!

My intent was not to be in spotlight, only to express him how his fans – proud to be myself among them – love him for fulfilling our childhood’s dreams. And it is also heartwarming to see how this lovely person truly grateful for each and every compliment and praise what he gets for it.

And why almighty? He created the whole Galaxy with 400 billion star systems for us to explore. Who else would deserve this title?

Screenshot taken by Cmdr Mahddogg during the beta test

Cmdr Araen (me) and the guys from Sons of Seven Lords are gathering for a selfie.

Cmdr Araen (me in the Eagle) and the guys from Sons of Seven Lords are gathering for a selfie.

Exploring the galaxy with Cmdr Lord Titus

Exploring the galaxy with Cmdr Lord Titus

Cmdr Duvi was the first who put his ship down to our newly occupied outpost

Links for Elite: Dangerous


Elite Dangerous Web Page
Frontier Developments Forums
Frontier Developments Web Site


Elite Dangerous Twitter
Frontier Developments Official Twitter


Elite Dangerous Official Facebook Page
Frontier Developments Official Facebook Page


Frontier Developments YouTube Page

Screenshots and other artworks were created using assets and imagery from Elite: Dangerous, with the permission of Frontier Developments plc, for non-commercial purposes. It is not endorsed by nor reflects the views or opinions of Frontier Developments and no employee of Frontier Developments was involved in the making of it. Assets borrowed from Elite: Dangerous, with permission of Frontier Developments plc.


Ben Cumberbatch portrait is sketched!

It was quick. As soon as I got home I started to draw Benedict’s portrait. It’s just a sketch with mechanical pencil, so the lines and shading is rather light. This is the base of the drawing,the next step is to deepen the shading and working out more details with 2B (and later more softer) pencils. Many-many layers are coming, along with the chances of mistake.

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Spock – Fascinating

Graphite pencil portrait of Spock from The Original Series

Summer vacation is coming, and it seems I’ll have some spare time to pull up my pencils. I can’t tell how much time elapsed since I’ve worked on a drawing. This was my latest creation, and every time I take a look on it, I eager to draw again.

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Spock is my favorite character of all time. As Henry Jenkins, humanities professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says:

“Spock is sexy for a large number of people, male and female. Many of the female fans I studied really are attracted to the emotional depths of this character. Like many men, Spock represses outward signs of emotion. He’s a character who tries to hold it all in, but who seems to be sensitive, sensuous at certain times.”

(full article)

This article is the greatest summary what I’ve ever seen of this character’s mysticism. I’m afraid this won’t be my last portrait of him.

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My next victim will be:



Invitation Design Challenge

Zazzle has an exciting opportunity to design invitations: the Show Off Your Skills Design Challenge! It’s a great possibility to win $500 plus a home page feature, so I decided to make and send an entry to the challenge.


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If you’d like to show off your designer skills, you can register a Zazzle account here: Shop & Create on Zazzle

Their site’s designer tool is very simple, anybody can use it with no practice. Check out a little more information about this challenge here:

 The challenge will be on-going until June 30th.

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More invitation entries from fellow Zazzlers

Here are some examples which have been selected by Zazzle to show off: varios cut-off shapes, for regular (baby shower, birthday, sweet 16th, barbecue party, wedding, etc.) or extraordinary (divorce party, dadchelor party, poker night, 4th of July barbecue, retro vinyl disco, housewarming party, bachelorette party, etc.) occasions. Each one is really unique, both the papers and the printing are the highest quality.

Vintage Stripe 4th of July Party Personalized Invites by invitationstop Check out 4th of july Invitations online at zazzle

Click for more invitations

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