Above are two illustrations from Viktor Koen, an illustration professor at Parsons– where he’s been teaching for 15 years. He grew up in Greece, started his education in Jerusalem and finished his education in New York. In an interview, Viktor says “growing up I made a valiant attempt to be an architect, and failed miserably. So I just decided to be an artist.” It’s reassuring that someone so obviously talented can arrive at their second-choice career path and excel. You may have seen his work already and not even have known: he’s illustrated for the New York Times, Esquire, Newsweek, and other publications that you may not care for as much, like Forbes or Money. If you’re like me, you don’t want to spend your free time feeling poor.
Viktor doesn’t always, or even usually, work with space imagery. But Viktor has been so prolific that it wasn’t hard to find two great illustrations with space suits. The upper image wasn’t found with an article about traveling to the moon and Mars, but I’m sure it originally appeared with an article about something similar. The lower image was found along with 2005 article in PopSci about rich people paying $100 Million dollars to travel to the moon with Russian cosmonauts “by 2010.” The author worries about “how billionaires will fare flying 500,000 miles in coach” and suddenly I can empathize with people who probably read Forbes or Money.