Simon Stålenhag’s Tales from the Loop

If you, like me, love the art of No Man’s Sky then there is a good chance you’ll also like the work of artist Simon Stålenhag. I’d first seen some images of his on various web sites, most likely Pinterest or similar some time ago. Then one day I found out about a kickstarter project to produce a book of his artwork. That project was Simon Stålenhag’s Tales from the Loop and I was onboard immediately.

Simon Stalenhag

Simon’s vision of an alternate reality is compelling and beautiful. It’s well worth looking him up, and you can check out some of his work on his website here. In fact you should buy his books, they are magnificent art books. I believe only one is available at the moment but a second is in production thanks to the succesful Kickstarter.

simon stalenhag tales from the loop

His style really calls to the classic sci-fi artists and his creatures, machines and buildings feel like they’ve been ripped out of No Man’s Sky though I’m sure it’s actually been the other way around! In fact they have no doubt helped inform the art of the game. My wife actually asked if these were images from the game, or if he’d worked on No Man’s Sky. Turns out it’s a bit of both as some of the concept art for No Man’s Sky was actually done by Simon. The beautiful image below is available exclusivly as a print from the iam8bit No Man’s Sky store.

NMS Concept Art

Here’s another gratuitous image of Simon’s the style is a perfect match.

Simon Stalenhag

When someone is as talented as this guy I want to see them thrive and succeed. It makes me happy that these works exist in our world. Thanks Simon.

Artworks copyright Simon Stålenhag and Hello Games

Terran Trade Authority anyone?

When I was young I was given a book called Spacewreck. It’s the second book in a series of Terran Trade Authority books, these big format hardback art books are full of amazing science fiction artwork by the likes of Chris Foss and Peter Elson amongst others. The imagery from these books has always stayed with me, and I have collected a few more over the years.

When I first saw No man’s Sky, without knowing of the influences for Sean and the team at Hello games, I was instantly struck by the feeling that this game was set in a universe I understood and knew. The screenshots I saw and the videos posted brought memories flooding back and made me incredibly excited.

This screen shot in particular…


the colours and the ship felt familiar, as if I’d seen it before, from another angle perhaps. I imagined a skeleton in the cockpit, a smashed windshield. perhaps it felt like this painting from Spacewreck…

510This is why I’ve fallen in love with the vision of No Man’s Sky. Finally it feels like the Terran Trade Authority universe may come to life in a way I never dreamed possible as a kid.