Psyche Inspired

A Familiar Sight

Danitza Govea

January 30th, 2023

Major: Graphic Design

Genre/Medium: Digital Art, Photobashing made in Photoshop

About the work: A Familiar Sight is a representation of humanity’s dedication to the Psyche mission. It shows that through years of hard work, humanity will finally have that leap forward and be able to record data once the Psyche spacecraft reaches the asteroid.

This digital piece was inspired by concept art created by collecting photographs, then cutting and merging them into a composition with a technique called photobashing. Once this step was completed, I edited the colors of the objects and subject, then edited the exposure to match the background. Next, I drew on some of the images to create texture, shadows and highlights to blend into the environment.

By using the asteroid as a source to emit light onto the astronaut and environment, it invites you to explore the surroundings from background to foreground. To conclude the photobashing piece, I added the two black stripes that concept artists often use to showcase their work.

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Psyche Inspired Overview

Psyche Inspired is a program that brings undergraduate students from any discipline or major together to share the excitement, innovation, and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public in new ways through artistic and creative works. These works are posted in the gallery above and highlighted on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. View the full resolution images in the image gallery. This year’s Psyche Inspired cohort is known as the Silver Class.

Read a feature about Psyche Inspired in Eos.

Psyche Inspired was piloted at ASU during the 2017-2018 academic year. The following academic year, Psyche Inspired expanded nationally! The works from each Psyche Inspired cohort are collected in individual downloadable books that tell the story of Psyche through musical scores, sculptures, painting, 3-D models, photography, acrylic art, needlepoint, stop-motion films, mixed media, and more.

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Current Student Collaborations Participants

View a list of the students, faculty, staff, and mentors currently involved in Psyche Student Collaborations.

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Student Collaborations Participants