COLLABORATION WITH TIM FRENCH
The image above is the first step in a collaboration with Tim French. We are each starting pencil drawings on white paper not using anything darker than a 4B. I will give this to Tim today and he can add or erase ANYTHING he wants.
Background information about image for Tim. You know about the hoodie. The man above has just pulled the pin from a grenade. That was drawn using this picture that I took from my web cam.
I am leaving the butterfly without its markings in case you want to change the species or do something else. The butterfly is perched on the grenade pin.
I used the image of Marlon Brando below as reference for the face. That picture came from the set of Apocalypse Now while shooting the final scene.
My first traditional painting since surgery (acrylic on paper), on exhibit at East Carolina University Faculty Exhibition. Over 6 months of painting and 200+ hours. Now that the herniated disk nerve damage to drawing hand is fixed I have carpal tunnel. I just can’t figure out why.
MY STUDIO WALL
Sam Phillips: Bring… bring it home? All right, let’s bring it home. If you was hit by a truck and you was lying out there in that gutter dying, and you had time to sing *one* song. Huh? One song that people would remember before you’re dirt. One song that would let God know how you felt about your time here on Earth. One song that would sum you up. You tellin’ me that’s the song you’d sing? That same Jimmy Davis tune we hear on the radio all day, about your peace within, and how it’s real, and how you’re gonna shout it? Or… would you sing somethin’ different. Somethin’ real. Somethin’ *you* felt. Cause I’m telling you right now, that’s the kind of song people want to hear. That’s the kind of song that truly saves people. It ain’t got nothin to do with believin’ in God, Mr. Cash. It has to do with believin’ in yourself.
The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction
By Jeff VanderMeer
I have been included in an amazing writing guide that uses hundreds of images by artists and illustrators as inspiration for creative writing.
I have 4 artworks used as illustration on seven pages, an interview and even a full page picture of my studio shelves.
Jeff VanderMeer, award-winning author of The Steampunk Bible, has taken a completely new and wholly original approach to the writing guide, and created a manual that not only utilizes invaluable written information, but also teaches via scores of helpful and stimulating illustrations. Through an accessible, example-rich approach that emphasizes the importance of playfulness as well as pragmatism, Wonderbook energizes and motivates while also providing practical, nuts-and-bolts advice about how to improve as a writer. The book is filled with more than 200 images and pictorial exercises that will expand the reader’s creativity. These imaginative and influential illustrations are sure to inspire the next generation of aspiring fantasy writers.
VanderMeer’s instructions touch upon many aspects of creative writing that will improve the reader’s skills, such as plotting, structure, worldbuilding, creating scenes, and narrative design. Wonderbook features an impressive array of helpful tactics and essays from some of the biggest names in fantasy and sci-fi today, including:
• George R. R. Martin
• Lev Grossman
• Neil Gaiman
• Junot Díaz
• Karen Joy Fowler
• Charles Yu
About the Author
Jeff VanderMeer is the author of more than twenty books and a two-time winner of the World Fantasy Award. His books have made the year’s-best lists of Publishers Weekly, LA Weekly, the Washington Post, Amazon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and many more. He is the cofounder and codirector of Shared Worlds, a unique writing camp for teenagers, and has taught at Clarion, the world’s premiere fantasy/sci-fi workshop for adults. VanderMeer is based in Tallahassee, Florida.