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.


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.

spock star trek final frontier fascinating pencil drawing

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:



Beam Me Up Scotty!

Star Trek TOS ACEO Project

Artist trading cards of the crew of the original Enterprise

Montgomery "Scotty" Scotty - Star Trek TOS ACEO Project

Pencil portrait of Montgomery Scott (Scotty), played by James Doohan in Star Trek TOS

Scotty is the second piece of my Star Trek artist trading card project. Further pencil portraits are coming soon: Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Chapel, Chekov, Sulu, Janice Rand.
The collection is limited to only 20 set. Prints will be made with professional printer on high quality paper, signed and numbered by me. Each set will also come with Certificate of Authenticity.
The originals are 10 x 15 cm and the prints’ size will be the regular ACEO size (2,5 x 3,5 inch) Feel free to contact me if you are interested of the set.

Poster print available here

“James Doohan was cast as the Enterprise engineer for the second Star Trek pilot, “Where No Man Has Gone Before” (1966) on the recommendation of that episode’s director, James Goldstone, who had worked with him before. The character almost didn’t make it to the show after series creator Gene Roddenberry sent Doohan a letter informing him, “We don’t think we need an engineer in the series”; only the intervention of Doohan’s agent meant that the character could remain. He tried a variety of accents for the part, and decided to use a Scottish accent on the basis that he thought Scottish people make the best engineers.”

Source: Wikipedia