Monday, 11 October 2010

Starzoids and Moon Ticks

There are plenty of weird and wondeful space creatures in the BLIP universe. I've already given you a glimpse of several Space Lice, those bio-mechanoid Limpets, and the Great Cosmic Jellyfish they like to interact with. Today, however, I thought I'd introduce you to two more species who put in a wee guest appearance in our first story.


First up, we have the Starzoids. These are the equivalent of galactic starfish. You'll find them everywhere, from Adromeda to Centaurus A. There are many-legged variants, and they come in all sorts of rainbow colours, but they all share a fondness for liquid methane. Look for them in the shallows, or basking in the rising heat of a Red Dwarf, until it all gets too much for them. Then we get to witness the spectacle of their mass exodus to a new home. It's a naturalist's delight...


And we'll follow up with an example of a Moon Tick. They're parasitic beetles, and they're quite harmless, unless provoked. You'll find them on every barren moon going. They'll scuttle out of their craters to scavenge on - well - whatever's in reach, they're not at all picky....

Sunday, 10 October 2010

The Big Bang Theory

I want to end my little interstellar encounter with a bang. So I've just come up with this. It's only a quick scan, sans adjustments and colour, straight off the desk, but you can get the feel of the thing. Right now I'm not a hundred percent sure of its placement. It could come a page before or after the big climactic panel I've already put together - I've got some flexibility. I need to sit with the artwork a little longer and see how it all flows. And as for that climactic page itself, well, I've completed and coloured that one, and personally, I love it to bits. But I'm not going to reveal it here.... Show and tell, and all that...

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Show and tell

How much of your work should you show in advance? - That's the Big Question I'm faced with right now. I've finished drawing parts one and two of my interstellar encounter and am now knee deep in Photoshop layers as I make the final adjustments to each page. It's a horrendously time-consuming process, with far too much internal debating going on, but there's a little skip of joy to be had as I eventually click and save those final TIFF files, in turn, knowing that I'm one page nearer my goal and counting down to some sort of publication. Now I want to share them with the world as they appear, but I reckon I have to hold back a bit, and wait until I can give everyone a fully-fledged, all-singing, all-dancing preview to get their teeth into. Well, okay, by "everyone" I mean the seven folks who have kindly subscribed to this stop-start blog. But as I've said here before, the fact that anyone at all is interested in my cosmic endeavour gives me a fuzzy feeling inside. I am most truly grateful. And so's my li'l alien buddy. He wouldn't have got this far without you...