John Sentovic

Bonestell’s space is candy-coloured, richly textured and evokes nostalgia. McCall’s is lush and exciting. Space is a busy place where people get things done. Gjerston’s world is warm and inviting, full of energy and pop-art colour.

In contrast to all of these is the work of Convair illustrator John Sentovic. Sentovic’s work is austere and almost brutal in his depiction of space. His palettes are cold. Space is depressingly empty and un-inviting. It’s not somewhere you feel you’d like to be. Perhaps, it’s also why I find his work so compelling. Beyond the year and place of his birth – 1924, South Dakota – I know nothing about the man. His paintings however, are timeless.

Image credit: Convair

Image source: SDASM Archives

Vehicle Comparison

EMPIRE at Astronautix

Kraft Ehricke at Astronautix

Image credit: Convair

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Convair Lunar Lander

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Kraft Ehricke at Astronautix

Image credit: Convair

Image source: Paul Carsola

Surface Operations

EMPIRE at Astronautix

Kraft Ehricke at Astronautix

Image credit: Convair

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Outpost III

Convair Outpost at Astronautix

Image credit: Convair

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Convair’s Helios

Krafft Ehricke at Astronautix

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I Can Get Us There by 1966

This glorious painting by John Sentovic depicts a solar-powered ship in lunar orbit, as envisioned by Krafft A. Ehricke.

Krafft Ehricke at Astronautix

Image credit: Convair

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Outpost

Convair Outpost at Astronautix

Image credit: Convair

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