The Nautilus Coil

 

Well, I have managed to make a small amount of progress on the second seahorse.  I have almost completed the tail and recently began playing with the lower body, most notably bringing more orange color in and connecting the fin spines to the body.  I like how they look in the real image, so I am trying to reproduce that.  When I finish this guy, I am going to come back with a better with a better background even though the seahorse itself will be cut and pasted into the project it was made for.

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Space is Overwhelming but Neat

 

I am currently reading “Persepolis Rising” and I have been hit with two thoughts. I wonder how much the authors have ever thought of them. If you follow my blog, you know I am constantly thinking and coming up with creative ideas, some in the form of stories and artwork, some in the form of unique analysis of other’s work.

The first idea stems from the series as a whole. Early on in the series, there were a lot of references to crossing into different territories like Mars’ space. However, how do you denote territory in a multi-planet/moon society?  Much of our concepts of boundaries come from our life here on earth where we think in two dimensions and relatively fixed features.  As we move out into the solar system with its vast expanses of space, we will need to seriously update our ideas of borders.  If we stuck to the old mindset for borders, then the orbit of Mars’ would define their space within a certain range nearer and further from the sun.  Earth’s boundaries would be similarly defined and would be totally encompassed by Mars’ borders.  In addition, certain distances above and below the planets orbit need to be claimed as well.  The problem for Mars is that their territory would be inconceivably large to administer.  Even Earth’s much smaller territory would be a challenge.

Now on the other hand, you chose to make the territory boundaries connected to the physical planet, then you have to deal with orbital mechanics.  There will be times in a planets orbit where the physical boundary space defined for their territory would have no bearing at all on the trade of a competing planet with respect to the same trading partners.  For example, if Mars was on the opposite side of the sun from Earth and Ganymede then their sovereignty would come into play between these two points.  How do you enforce tariffs?  What I am saying is that some of the concepts for territories mentioned in the Expanse series may be incorrect or at the very least need much more definition than I noted in the stories.  The only factor that I have left out that may come into play yet is orbital mechanics in space flight, but that does not fully negate my argument.   Just something to think about as you read the series.

The second thought I had pertains to the appearance of the sphere on board “The Heart of the Tempest” toward the end of  “Persepolis Rising”.  Their was much emphasis placed on the fact that as the ship moved, the sphere stayed exactly where it was relative to the inside of the ship.  My earth bound thinking said “wow, how could the aliens manage to keep the effect in should precise control from presumably a great distance”?  I was thinking of it as aiming some physical manifestation onto a ship in rough seas and managing to keep it precisely placed from all the walls, floor, and ceiling.  I felt it was nothing like doing the same on dry land.

Then I thought again.  The challenge of aiming and placing a manifestation on or in a planet would be the same if you step back to the scale of a solar system and beyond.  A planet is really nothing more than a giant spaceship.  Again, I was seeing that I needed to change my frame of reference when thinking about the implications brought about by the authors.  This is what science fiction does best.  It makes you think beyond the normal realms of life into the vast unknown.  Let me know what you think.

Lost Opportunities

I have mentioned before that my life has been full of struggle, especially when it comes to art. My family has not been supportive for the most part. My mother actively diswayed my growth in art by telling me it should be nothing more than a hobby. My father finds it easier to be awesome by anybody else’s art than anything I do.

What I find sad about my mother; however, is that she could have been an artist. I have a memory of a color pencil drawing she did of a nude female. It was good. Of course, being a young boy, I was interested in the image for more than artistic reasons. Looking back though, I remember that it was good, better than any person I had or have done.

The saddest part was that I never saw her draw anything else. She dabbled in all kinds of crafts but never more artwork. Given our family, I am not surprised, but I wonder how much that cost her inside. For me, their is no quitting.

Swimming in Circles

Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  Work was crazy the last two weeks and my computer has been fighting me making Gimp unusable for a week with my pen pad getting bogged down.  This seems to happen periodically, frustrating the hell out of me.  Anyway, I have been working my way up the tale and am happy with how the tip looks further back now as it should be.  Took some time off the tail to work on shaping and improving the fin, again I am happy with the results.  I had a heck of a time thinning out a haze layer behind the spikes enough so that you get a subtle hint of the webbing in between instead of a cartoon fin.

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish …

You know how the story goes; however, I am pretty sure I do not have a blue seahorse in the works.  Here is a progress update on the second seahorse I am painting for the major project I am working on.  I am having lots of fun with these paintings and hope you are enjoying them too.  This shows more work on the snout an end of the tail, two ends of the spectrum eh!

In the Final Stretch …

Coming around the final bend it’s Seabiscuit followed closely by Fishtail.  I am in the home stretch with the green dwarf seahorse painting and I am very pleased with the lower portion of the animal.  The tone and effects are close to the picture with only small adjustments necessary.  I am really hoping to finish before the year is out.