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Sense of Wonder in a Can: The Amazing Beauty of Spraypainted Science Fiction Art

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Is there anything more wondrous than art showing interstellar phenomena and dolphins — together? It's like a whole universe of awesome, all in one place. Brandon McConnell's spray-painted art is full of pyramids, galaxies, sunsets, true love and dirt bikes.

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Including some paintings he put together in under a minute! Check out some of his amazing images, plus a couple instructional videos, below.

You totally have to love the work of Brandon McConnell, who clearly has a vivid eye as well as a process for creating pyramids and planets in a freakin hurry. Not all of his paintings are speed paintings, but some of the coolest apparently are. He posts his work over at SpacePaintings.com — and has some paintings for sale. Check out some of our favorites below!

Here's one of his best instructional videos via Youtube. Note how he puts together a pyramid with just some folded up magazine pages and a handy spray-can. It's actually pretty amazing to see the process at work.

Here's another one of his total classics, "Stairway to Oblivion." Featuring space cities and a staircase — this one takes a few minutes. And it's freakin sweet! He hasn't posted any videos since January 2009, so hopefully he's still out there doing this.

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Here's another one of his paintings called "Critical Mass"

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"Rough Rider"

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"Final Eclipse"

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"Reunited"

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"God of Giants"

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"Texas Evening"

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"Red Peak"

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"Cradle"

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"Blink"

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"Fiero"

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"Resist"

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"Tracker"

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"Fence"

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"Tanzia"

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"Daytona"

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"Wind and Sea"

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"Space Art"

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"Stardust"

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"Remedy"

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"Rubyesk"

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"Sunder"

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DISCUSSION

Very nice work, quite enjoyable.

Except for the errors of placement and opacity. In several of the examples displayed here there are stars shining through the shaded side of planets. That defies logic.

or are they not stars, but some kind of space disk hovering in front of the planet? There's nothing to lead the viewer to that conclusion.

in Red Peak is the small planet closer to the viewer, or further away and shining through it? What is the light source of each planet? One is lit from the lower left, the other from the upper right. How does that happen? That's an eighth grade art class mistake.

Pretty stuff, Brandon, and it stirs the imagination. Please take a little more care, though, so that the illusion is not broken by small faults.