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Future of Human Aging - Popular Science Magazine by juliedillon Future of Human Aging - Popular Science Magazine by juliedillon

This is an illustration I did for the August 2014 issue of Popular Science Magazine. The assignment was to show a scifi take on human aging in the future. I wanted to do something relatively positive, so I drew a lady whose life has been been prolonged through cybernetic enhancements and augmentation, which enables her to spend time with her great-great-great-great grandchildren. 

Thanks to AD Michelle Mruk!

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WhiteShadow2293 Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015  Student Digital Artist
You put my thoughts on paper ;> We are getting closer to the reality on the pic. But I come out with the conclusion that life of a human being cant last forever. If somehow we can cheat nature we cant cheat ourself. Everyday we live on a different world. I think that if we let 'us' (brain) live to long your minds will grow up to leave this 'dimension'. Hah, you may find it deep or stupid but my minds are far away. In MY opinion this pic is to real, to close and if we think of that as our future then we are wrong. U cant imagine future bc you haven't seen it :]
Btw. great drawing, so jealous of skills ;p masterpiece
merkmuds Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2015
You can imagine the future, i'm doing it right now.
Another-Person Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2015
Wonderful. And I do believe this is our future - if we last that long.
the-astronaut-369 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student General Artist
This one just took my breath away. Somehow, This one might even come true, in my opinion. Which is awesome, because I can almost feel myself inside that reality. <3

Not only this art is great in so many ways as it brings us inside it, specially with that incredible mood!
Lindblut Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Brilliant lighting and palette! I love how you make so many characters on a picture work!
Also your attention to detail is superb!
NKOSI-Publishing Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014  Professional Artist
Bored-Chick Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:love: Awwww
yo24man Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
so cool!!!:D (Big Grin) 
Calypsoeclipse Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Very creative and beautiful. 
Thanathan Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
So will she still die of old age? I like the postive feeling! Many artists show that augmentations on the human body are evil, that's why I like that you show the opposite side of this. Do you think this kind of enhancements are expensive in your imagined world?
Alistairpc Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
so wonderful and beautiful it gives you a warm and peaceful feeling :)
Brogan-is-amazing Featured By Owner Aug 4, 2014  Student General Artist
Amazing! I remember seeing this in the magazine. I never would have thought that someone on deviant art would have created this. I always love all of the drawings that are featured in the popular science. This one i really liked because of the idea of people generations apart still being able to meet each other. Truly amazing.
Tamuril2 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist
Interesting. I think you succeeded in making it positive. 
Koogleblitz Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
beautiful concept
MemorialComics Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Professional General Artist
ncei job i love the back ground and coloring 
IBlackcrossI Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014  Professional General Artist
Nice love the coloring and background. It looks amazing!
sweetsirin22 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
Interesting and really well done. An unusual take, admirable!
Flane-kanja Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love the concept here. Really original and captivating.
Saiyaness28 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
This is very lovely. Her face is so beautiful and expressive. Her smile reminded me of my Great-grandmother who just recently passed away at 97. Gorgeous! Bravo! :clap:
vagepaul Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
FedesMM Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014
Woow, i love it :)
Koru-Xypress Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
You colors are so vibrant, I honestly think that if I eat you, I'd shit rainbows for the next few days. :eager:
Jacob-Cross Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Nice ^u^
Greenhatman Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
What a wonderful idea!  This is definitely something we could use right now, especially with ailing grandparents who's bodies have failed them.
DreamCrosser Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Writer
Wow! Kind of adorable in a strange weird way :)
DreamingBudgie Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
My Nana would live to have some upgrades like this!
DaBrandonSphere Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so cute!
agentsharde Featured By Owner Edited Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Similtaneously awesome and really eerie...
beautiful work!
GrnAce Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm adoring this concept with ease, and the piece just makes it all better.
Magnificent piece, :nod:
TheGroundedAviator Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Amazing, although I'd never do it myself if it is possible this is possible.

And I guess this is a classic utopia a bit like the 1927 film Metropolis? For some reason it reminds me of it.
Sagittarius-A-star Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Wow, very nice painting!! :) A cyborg great-great-great-great grandmother is a really cool interpretation of the concept of life extension... and showing her spending time with her great-great-great-great grandchildren gives this a very human feel.  Perhaps someday this kind of generation-spanning family ties will become possible.  When you think of ideas like this, the idea sometimes proposed that technology is somehow "de-humanizing" becomes utterly ridiculous...
utriv Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Wow, this is amazing! 
Creativegreenbeans Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I recognized this as soon as I saw it on deviantArt's front page! I absolutely love this piece! Great job!
Dark0Childe Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014   Digital Artist
I'm loving this representation of afrofuturism. For some reason, many scifi artist don't think of all people of earth moving forward into the future together. I also love the general good vibe your message about prolonging life for deeper longer family bonds. Beautiful!
LordPetrol Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Because cultures usually don't progress together, or not at all at the same rate.

India, for example, has sent a probe to Mars and yet vast swaths of it have a development index beneath Sub-Saharan Africa.  Add this to the troubled and cannibalistic political violence that seems from an individual author's scale like an eternity in its roots and it's not at all hard to imagine why futurists play conservative predictions of Africa still being a shithole relative to the rest of the planet's advancing societies.

Maybe this is taking place in Botswana.
Finickii Featured By Owner Edited Aug 16, 2014  Student Filmographer
juliedillon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Oh wow, I hadn't even noticed this guy trolling through the other comments, too; I'd only seen the reply notification on my comment. 

Yuck, indeed. 
Dark0Childe Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014   Digital Artist
While what you say is true, it doesn't negate the fact that many scifi artists ingnore the idea of darker skinned peoples of all kinds existing in many places. There are black Britons, Australians, Puerto Ricans, Brazilians, (which the children in the background of this piece remind me of as they have many different skin tones and hair textures) New Zealanders, Irish, as well as Africans. It's as if they presume that the majority must be what is depicted in the media rather than exploring the histories and cultures of their reference for the setting of their art. There is much more to the world than what is presented to us. By expressing this in our art we bring relativity to anyone who veiws the art. By not accepting the idea of the beings of Earth as 'we' instead of 'us', these artist create an au of everything in their work where they reflect only themselves and leave a mass of disconnected veiwers out of their vision.
KeybladeKnight99 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student Writer
Love it. Its always refreshing to see a far future technology concept that is so optimistic.
EvilScarrlett Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful :)
AlexGhost Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Awesome. :3
Mevrona Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014   General Artist
So cool! I'm glad you put a positive spin on the idea. I haven't seen anyone do that yet. 
juliedillon Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
It's just... I thought about my grandparents, and how they're dealing with their aging and their peers aging, and how they probably wouldn't want to see something overly ghoulish when it comes to appraising how people might deal with aging in the future. X) It made it a little trickier to figure out how to get the concept of aging across in a single image, but I think it turned out okay. 
Desertlizard Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Student General Artist
Why did you used an african theme for this? 
juliedillon Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Because black people will most likely exist in the future? And have families?  I think a better question is why you feel there needs to be a reason or explanation. 
LordPetrol Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
There needs to be a reason or an explanation because it's an unusual choice to go with and that naturally provokes curiosity.  It doesn't have to be a deep or complex answer, but that doesn't invalidate the question or infer bigotry on behalf of an inquiring mind.
juliedillon Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
There doesn't NEED to be a reason. White isn't the default, and there doesn't have to be an explanation for painting a family that isn't white. If "why are they black?" is the only thing someone feels the need to say, that does come off poorly. 
LordPetrol Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2014
Of course there's a reason.  Need doesn't factor into it; there simply is one even it requires some introspection to derive.  If simply sitting down and having African settings immediately pop into your head is one, it's there and there's nothing wrong with that, but it's still a reason behind a conscious human design.  I've been asked before why I made one my characters black and the answer is that when thinking of his personality I kept unconsciously going back to Heimdall as portrayed in the recent Thor films and wanting to design a character with Songhai style wardrobe.

De facto, white usually is the default for futurist paintings or if not northern Caucasoid, then Mongoloid drawn in a way that's often indistinguishable from white.  Given this fact, asking why a person feels the need to question comes off more poorly and presumptuous than whatever invented implications are in the question itself.
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