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My name is Brett Coulstock. I’m a writer and designer from Western Australia

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Artwork – Warp'd Space Episode 2

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Artwork - Warp'd Space Episode 2The cover for Episode 2 of Warp’d Space, showing “The Drake” in trouble in warp space.

Episode 2 of Warp’d Space is due to be released 1st December, 2009.

Licencing and Attribution

I used a number of Creative Commons licenced photograpic elements, sourced from Flickr and here’s the attributions:

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October 28th, 2009 at 6:09 am

Tasmania Fun – Roundup

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I’ve been getting behind on posting what I’ve been up to for the last few weeks, so here’s a quick summary:

Ben Lomond

We hiked up Ben Lomond (named after the Scottish mountain). There’s skiing up there in colder months, and we were delighted to find there was still some snow there. We walked from the car-park up into the saddle, where we found a long plateau of rocks, shrubs and pools of water with melting snow. Then down again to the ski village, and a trek back to the car along the roads (including a rather dizzying zig-zag). Lovely to find some snow, and there wasn’t any bitter coldness to go with it!

The plateau of Ben Lomond

The plateau of Ben Lomond

Snow blind! :-)

Snow blind! :-)

It's steeper than it looks!

It's steeper than it looks!

I was able to acquire more excellent ginger beer here. Yay!

Wynyard Tulip Festival

We did a weekend trip to Wynyard for their Tulip Festival. There was food, bands, jugglers, animals, carnival rides and constant helicopter fly-overs. We visited a brilliant photographic exhibition and chatted with the photographers, increasing our determination to get ourselves a better camera. Also took in the art exhibition which had some nice pieces.

Drinking my Favourite Ginger Beer!

Drinking my Favourite Ginger Beer!

Crowds at the Wynyard Tulip Festival

Crowds at the Wynyard Tulip Festival

Tulip Fields on Table Cape

Tulip Fields on Table Cape

We stayed overnight and then the next day went on to visit …

Stanley

Stanley is a quiet town with historic ruins and “the nut”, a large flat-top feature.

The Nut - Stanley

The Nut - Stanley

Historic Ruins at Stanley

Historic Ruins at Stanley

The Nut - Descending on the Chairlift

The Nut - Descending on the Chairlift

Fun activities

Last weekend we had a go at some archery, cable hang-gliding and went on a walk to Badger Head (mistakenly wound up at Bakers Beach due to an error in the guidebook, but we encountered a large number of wombats and played with our new camera so we didn’t feel it wasted).

Brett at Archery

Brett at Archery

Brett Hang Gliding

Brett Hang Gliding

Coming into land ...

Coming into land ...

Tasmanian Wombat

Tasmanian Wombat

We’re really liking our new camera!

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October 26th, 2009 at 6:38 am

Road Trip

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Road to the HorizonWe’ve been in Tasmania about three four weeks now, and it’s about time I bought this up to date, and posted a few notes and photographs about the journey. We drove more than 3,000 kilometers in 5 days, to cross from Western Australia through to Victoria via South Australia. From there we caught the ferry across to Tasmania. The drive was largely uneventful (all in all, a good thing).

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October 22nd, 2009 at 5:25 am

Artwork – Warp'd Space Episode 1

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CD Cover - Warp'd Space Episode 1Early this year I decided to keep track of “Professional Development” properly. Not just do whatever I wanted, when I wanted, but to do some projects and keep track of completing them.

One of these projects was to do some CD covers, and I’ve been steadily doing these for 19 Nocturne Boulevard ever since. Julie who runs 19NB asked me if I’d consider doing a logo for a friend of hers — Kimberley — who was writing another audio drama: Warp’d Space which is in the tradition of thoughtful character based science-fiction/space-opera such as Star Trek.

Earlier this year I’d decided I wanted to model a spaceship in the style of Chris Foss, Peter Elson, Angus McKie etc. using Blender 3D, so I decided to combine the two goals and said “yes” when asked to do the covers.

Kimberly described the ship “The Drake” as being like a “jumping jack”, so the first cover I did had most of the right elements on, but I grabbed a jumping jack image from the internet as a placeholder to see what it would look like. Then I began re-learning how to use Blender, and we went through several iterations of the design and arrived with the above. The ship isn’t “finished” as such — there’s quite a few flaws and things I’m not happy with … but they’re the final 10% of things, and relate more to my goals and my inexperience with the software, and not to the immediate suitability of the artwork. Something that is 90% done and definitely looks okay, is ready to be used in my opinion.

There’s a precedent after all — Over the years, the Enterprise model/effects shots became progressively more detailed. I’m just following the model of stepwise refinement. :-)

I really like doing work for other people, especially where it aligns with my own interests. I never would have thought to do a space-ship of this shape, but it’s turned out really well.

Warped Space: Episode 1 “Milk Run” is scheduled to be released October 1st, 2009.

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October 1st, 2009 at 10:16 am

Artwork – Drawer 23

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CD Cover - Drawer 23Another in the series of covers for 19 Nocturne Boulevard, and the story is Drawer 23. The summary is:

Tim might expect to see corpses, working graveyard in the morgue, but never expected one that can talk…

I have to say a big thank you to jim.rocco for relicencing his photograph of morgue drawers to allow me to freely use it for this composition.

Originally I was just going to add the number to the drawer, and light it in eldritch blue light, but then I got carried away and added light and smoke streaming out. I don’t know where the idea to put fridge-magnets on the drawer came from, but I suspect that I have a pretty black sense of humour sometimes. It just seemed appropriate to add a lighter note to the cover. I made my own pizza menu! Sue gave me the name of the restaurant: “The Nice Slice” (alas, it is obscured on the actual cover). It gives you an idea of some of the detail I put on these covers.

Interesting fact: the photograph of the drawers has names on — all Harry Potter characters. The drawer shown is Dumbledoor’s drawer :-)

Julie suggested the fridge-magnet letters should say “Skidoo” after the phrase 23 Skidoo. The letters were “modelled” in the Blender 3D software package, something I’ve been getting a lot of practice in lately for another project.

Licencing and Attribution

I used a number of Creative Commons licenced photograpic elements, sourced from Flickr and here’s the attributions:

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October 1st, 2009 at 9:52 am