Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Object to Concept

Often I draw inspiration for settings, vessels, and other features in my SF novels from real life objects. Here's a slice of shell I'm using as the foundation for an alien domestic structure in my final StarDoc novel, Dream Called Time:

I need to work out the details for this setting, but I can't exactly fit the shell into my journal. I also can't sketch very well, so this is when my camera comes in very handy:

Drawing on the photo of the shell allows me to play with the image, flesh out some ideas and alter it without messing up the original. The final result was very helpful, and also made a nice entry into my journal today:

(My lovely journal was handmade by artist Maria-Thérèse Andersson of Afiori.)

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