Sunday, April 17, 2016

Updates: 'Circa Sixty Years Dead' Cover Illustration; Plans for an Atompunk Blog

Graffiti art of robots hauling scrap metal
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I didn't get much done with the cover illustration for "Circa Sixty Years Dead" this week. I've been working at my day job everyday and have been in the process of taking on a new freelance assignment. I've also come to the conclusion that I need to refocus my newest blog, The Super Freek. In fact, I just posted about it there. In the process of planning the refocusing of The Super Freek, I decided to make a new additional blog that I will dedicate to atompunk topics. You can read about it there.

I'll have updates on the progress of "Circa Sixty Years Dead" and the cover illustration next time.

Until then . . .

Saturday, April 9, 2016

My Book Cover Illustration for 'Circa' So Far

Book Cover Art for My Upcoming Horror Short Story

I wanted to have the full outline of my book cover illustration for “Circa Sixty Years Dead” done knowing that I wasn’t going to get it painted by today. But an uncle of mine asked if I could help him clean out my grandfather’s house that he’s been renovating and, being family, I didn’t want to turn him down. I mostly cleaned out the house’s dungeon and took several things to Good Will which both put me back in the illustration a bit. The dungeon? Yeah, right! you say. Actually, it’s the nickname we give to the cellar, although sometimes I’ll call it the catacombs even though nobody’s buried down there (at least nobody we know of).

As you’ll see below, a little under half of the outline to the book cover illustration is done, but it won’t take me long to finish it and then start painting (with coloured pencil) by the end of the week. It's very light, so if you want you can look at the concept sketch to it. So I can’t say the whole thing will be completed by next weekend, but I’ll show you a photo of the progress that I will have made.

An incomplete sketch of a six arm feminine statue.
Photo and Art Credit: The blogger

Kim Stanley Robinson to Appear at Sacramento Author Festival

As I said last time,  Kim Stanley Robinson will be speaking in Sacramento at the Central Library in downtown tomorrow at noon and I’ll be attending. If you’re in the area, and you’re interested in hearing him speak about his new book, Green Earth (The Science in the Capital), you have to register ahead of time which you may still be able to do at the library’s website . If not, you can probably catch him at the Local Authors’ Festival there at the library which starts at 1. There will be authors from the Sacramento area of various genres, both fiction and non-fiction. You don’t have to register for the festival itself and it’s free like the talk before it. So check it out, and say hi if you see me there. If I don’t see you there then . . .

Until next time . . .

Here’s a set of music videos by a far out sci fi band from the 70s that I was listening to while working on my book cover art. They’re called the Rockets. They sound a lot like today’s electronica (though that term covers a very diverse area of music) and so can be said to be a band before their time, even though you’ll hear a lot of funkedelic elements in their music. You might want to check them out.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Kim Stanley Robinson to Speak at Sacramento Library

Planet Earth
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As global warming continues to rise like the very oceans it causes to, today's science fiction reflects the issue more than ever. It attempts to anticipate what could happen if we don't reduce global warming and its causes. One of the authors who are most known for doing this is Kim Stanley Robinson. Best known for his award-winning Mars Trilogy of novels, his latest work that directly addresses the global warming issue is Green Earth which is a trilogy of earlier novels combined into one.

I had the pleasure of hearing Mr. Robinson speak at UC Davis's Whole Earth Festival back in 2013 when he read from his novel, Shaman. I spoke about it in an article in my "Life, the Earth and the Universe" post back then. He is giving another presentation, this time on his Green Earth, Sunday the 10th of April from noon to 1 at the Sacramento Central Library, in Sacramento California. If you're in the area and plan to attend, you must register at the library's website, something I didn't find out until just earlier today (Saturday). So I'm registered and will be there next week. If you attend and see me, feel free to say hi! (Unlike in my profile photo, I'll have a beard.)