A couple weeks ago I posted some concept drawings for an alien species I have in my novel-in-progress. I thought I would share a little bit more of that universe tonight. I wrote a series of short character sketches where I threw the characters together in various situations. It helped me sketch out their history and relationships (and they were great fun to write).
I’ve been building a universe to support a sketchy plot I have. The main star is a human, but the co-star is an alien and when I started profiling him, I found I needed a much clearer picture in my head as to what he might look like. So I got out my sketchbook and did some concept sketching.
Eucalypt bark is rather unique. Some species (and there are hundreds of them) have bark of many colours. The Snow Gum that lives on the very top of our higher mountains literally has bark in a rainbow of colours, subtle but distinct in its own way. Another, the Lemon-scented Gum, has pink bark that almost looks like skin and wrinkles like that at the joins of branches. The Ironbark has almost black bark, the silver green of its leaves and pale pink of its flowers contrasting quite remarkably.
I’ve mentioned a few times along the way that I used to write. Most of the writing I did was purely recreational, but some was aimed towards developing the four universes stored in my brain into something productive. So I thought I would share some of my snippets from time to time as my writing is as much an arty part of me as anything else and it needs its share of the spotlight.
I think when you are free of constraints and out travelling, you see the world from a different perspective. Too much of our time is spent rushing there, dashing here, closetting ourselves at whatever workstation gives us money, and we don’t have the time to stop and look, really look at the world around us.
I’ve known for a long time that I don’t see the world quite the same way as most people. I’ve been known to be weird, odd, out of step, Aquarian, or just plain strange. I’m good at getting the wrong end of the stick in a conversation, and in group learning, my answers are always off centre of the norm. But it is my way of viewing the world that makes me the artist I am. So here I am going to blatantly share some of my points of inspiration, some of those personal moments that just spark for me and make me want to create. And perhaps I can share that spark, too.
Creative Tuesday‘s challenge this week was ‘curtains’. And the first curtains that came to my mind were these: Blue Curtains, graphite and watercolour pencil on cartridge paper, approx. 250 x 200 mm. I am really happy with this piece. It is simple, but I think it does communicate what I wanted it to communicate. It […]