Past Renderings By Tom Hames

A small sample of over 2,000 renderings
done by Tom Hames in the past 42 years. None
of these works are digital in any aspect. At the
end of this page is a biography of Tom Hames.
Please Note: All of these works are the copyright of Tom Hames.
The images depicted on this site belong to the owner of this web
site and consists of images from the personal collection of Tom
Hames of which Mr. Hames
has kindly donated the archive of
his work, on slide
film, to the owner of this site. I have scanned
and removed
minute foreign artifacts from the images where

Tom Hames is available to do custom renderings in the medium
of  acrylic or oil on stretched canvas and also wall murals.


Passing Through

Two Moons
Acrylic on stretched canvas.
Current Location: Turkey.

Solar Sail

Horsehead Nebula

Lost Moon
48" x 96" (122cm x 244cm)

Over Mars
36"x60" (91cm x 122cm)
Current Location: Kyoto, Japan.

24" x 36" (61cm x 92cm)
Oil & Acrylic
Current Location: Athens, Greece


Event Horizon

24" x 48" (61cm x 122cm)
Oil & acrylic


Red Spot Of Jupiter
8" x 10" Done In Oil

On Edge
Current Location: California

M31 Galaxy in Andromeda

Comet and Clusters

Big Red

Five Moons
Current Location: S.A.G.E. Planetarium, Palmdale, Ca., U.S.A.


By Night
36" x 48" (92cm x 122cm)
Current Location: Athens, Greece

Solar Sail Above Earth
This rendering also appears on page 278 of
The Smithsonian Book of Flight
Walter J. Boyne, Author

Comet Over Valley
Current Location: S.A.G.E. Planetarium, Palmdale, Ca., U.S.A.




Mars Viking

Mt. Palomar Observatory
24" x 30" (61cm x 76cm)
Current Location: Athens, Greece

Farm Visitor
Acrylic on stretched canvas-16" (41cm) x 20" (51cm)
Current Location: Athens, Greece

Big Sky

48" x 96" (122cm x 244cm)

48" x 72" (122cm x 244cm)

8" x 10" (20cm x 25cm)

Saturn from Titan
Acrylic on stretched canvas
24" x 48" (121cm x 60cm)
Current Location: Kyoto, Japan.

Desert Dusk

Current Location: S.A.G.E. Planetarium, Palmdale, Ca., U.S.A.

New Moon

Two Suns


Edge On
24"x36" Located in California


Four Suns Of Blue

Galaxy M33

20"x24" done on illustration board


20"x24" done on illustration board


Done on illustration board


Space History
48" x 72" (122cm x 183cm)

Saturn V Liftoff

On The Moon

Early Earth

Cone Nebula
16"x20" done on canvas board


Done on masonite.





Done on illustration board



Edge On


Space Guitar
Done for the music group "The Eagles" in the 1970's.


Done only with art knife
This rendering has since been painted over by the artist



Biography of Mr. Tom Hames

Tom Hames, born 1951, in Lakewood, California. His initial introduction to a paintbrush was at the early age
of ten. He started out by doing pencil sketches, portraits and science fiction art. At the age of twelve he
discovered a passion for astronomy that he has kept up with ever since. At the age of sixteen he built his first
telescope. It was a 12.5-inch reflecting telescope, with the optics ground, figured and polished by himself. Tom
has also mastered the art of optical telescope making. The largest optical system that he has ground, polished,
and figured was a 20” (50.8cm) mirror.

 Tom has received formal training at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design, Long Beach Art Institute,
Westmore Academy of Cosmetic Arts and Dick Smith’s “The Advanced Professional Makeup Course”.

 From the 1960’s up to the early 1980’s Tom attended many of the science fiction conventions hosted in
the southern California area, displaying and selling his renderings. Tom is now spending his full time painting
astronomical renderings. Tom’s ideas for his renderings come form many sources. He receives inspiration
for his renderings at the eyepiece of a telescope. His active interest in Science Fiction has also played
a key role in his fabrication of conceptual designs for his work. Tom is an avid listener of Classical and
“Space” Music while working on his renderings. He receives a certain amount of inspiration from the music.

 During these years he also worked at Griffith Observatory, in Los Angeles, as a graphics and display artist.
Tom also had the opportunity to work at Hanna Barbera Studios. There his talents were put to use in
backgrounds and airbrush special effects.

 His artwork has also appeared in Science Digest Anniversary Edition ‘86, World Space Foundation, and
The Smithsonian Book of Flight. Collectors in various foreign countries also own his art... Australia,
France, Germany, Greece, Japan and Turkey. One of his renderings is still in the office of the late
Carl Sagan of Cornell University. The bulk of his artwork resides in California. Tom
 has rendered just over
2,000 original paintings, in the medium of oil and acrylic, in the last 48 years.

His works have ranged in size from 5”(13cm) x7”(18cm) to 120”(3m) x1,296”(32.6m). 

None of his works are digital in any aspect.


Mr. Tom Hames

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