Archive for the ‘speculative fiction’ tag
The cover for the 19 Nocturne Boulevard episode SNAFU. SNAFU is a claustrophobic military story in the tradition of ALIENS. It’s nice to get a good solid science fiction story to illustrate occasionally. The spaceship corridor was constructed and rendered in Blender 2.5. I was a little tight for time on this one, so I didn’t get much of a chance to give the soldier some more futuristic gear, but it visually sells the story.
The cover for the 19 Nocturne Boulevard episode CHEMO: The Town of Golden Woods. Julie asked for an abstract cover, and that’s what happened. The story centres around a hive mind, so to express that I used a hexagonal honeycomb pattern (Bees being quite symbolic of collective behavior), that was constructed and rendered in Blender 2.5. I’ve gone for eyes again, and mouths, because they’re such powerful images, it’s how we typically connect with others, it’s where we look when we’re talking to someone. I’d love to see this animated with blinking eyes looking around, and mouths speaking simultaneously.
My own eye and mouth is in that lot somewhere. The (lengthy) attributions follow …
The cover artwork for Warp’d Space episode 5 Peace Day. This artwork was heavily inspired by the beautiful speculative and fantastic images of space travel found in the Terran Trade Authority Handbooks. In particular, the rendering of a space scene in very light colours, away from the traditional blue/blacks. I started out with yellows which became a lovely peach. This is my favourite cover of the series so far. The Drake was rendered in the new Blender 2.5 beta, which I’m starting to get to grips with.
I really need to find some time to re-create the 3D model of The Drake — it was good for my level of expertise at the time, and turned out quite well, but it is really lacking in texture and detail. This will be a project for the remainder of the year, neatly dovetailing with my goal to improve my Blender3D skills.
The cover artwork for Warp’d Space episode 4, the second part of the story “For the Record”. The photograph of the actor was supplied to me, however I had to conceal a rather stylish hat, and replace his suit with something a little more functional and utilitarian to make it look like he belonged on a space ship — a digitally altered set of fireman’s clothes!
The cover design for the new Warp’d Stories range of dramatised short stories. This will be a general cover, and won’t change (aside from the text) from release to release. I initially was under the impression the stories would be all set in the Warp’d Space universe, which is main reason The Drake is an “illustration” in the book. I learned later that the stories would be general science-fiction tales (the first is drawn from the brilliant Project Gutenberg), but the illustration fits anway — saves me making a whole new space-ship illustration! The first episode will be released via the Warp’d Space site.
I’m really happy about the way this came together, and the look of it.
The 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
Made the first move in my attempt to start a “Speculative Fiction Writers Group” in Albany. I’d been thinking about the idea some time before we left on holiday, but shied away from doing anything as leaving the district for a month would kill any momentum stone dead. So, yesterday I printed up some notices with my contact email, and have arranged to be in The Dome on Saturday 30th of May to meet anyone who might be interested.
Nothing may come of it — my brother is a member of the KSP Writers’ Centre Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers, and he tells me that despite being in the general metropolitan area, it struggles for membership and interest. However, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”, and I have hopes.