Friday, April 15, 2011

Parallel Earth: Creature & Monster Creations



So what do you do when you have to create and populate an entire world? You just have to let go and allow the ideas come to you. What dictates the formation of any particular creature? Environment -- the vary same thing that determines a persons cosmology which informs their system of belief. If you believe in evolution (Also mysteriously known as CHANGE or ADAPTATION), you begin to understand the forms of any creature, of nature, of life, are the end result of years of trial and error. In art we call them Happy Accidents-- you know, like when a blob of paint winds up on the canvas in a random or haphazard fashion and it forces you to see the image anew or adapt to the situation. Think of nature in this way, there are billions, zillions of countless Happy Accidents that occur every instant of everyday, so it is with my writing, so it is with my art.

So what are we to do with Happy Accidents? Trust in them. Trust in your own intuition to make sense out of that for which there existed no previous rational for. These creatures, beasts, monsters, Daemons, must all be rooted to some form which we can relate to in this life, this reality. We can only create variations of what we have alternately experienced, not just in life, but within our Dreams. Our experience must convey the deeper message of the image we are trying to communicate through our ability to render any given being into form, be it through sculpture, paint, or Digital media.

Also, when creating these unseen beings, we must revert back to the basics of form, of what makes a living being function within int's environment. Where is it in the Web of Life. Is it at the top? The bottom? How far does it's physical form go back historically? And last but not least, what is the purpose of the creature within the construct of the story or world you have created? All of these things and more should provide a ruff bearing for how you create your new beings.

I have created many Creature's, some might call them monsters, for my world of Parallel Earth. But how do you live in an alternate world without having alternate beings? My answer...you don't. There are many more creatures that shall grace the Pages of Parallel Earth, but for now, allow me to introduce you to a few. For Copyright purposes I will not reveal the specifics of each particular creature or their part in the total scheme of things. But fortunately for me, I am an artist. I do trust my own bearing. And I'm lucky enough to possess the talent to see certain aspects of my project realized that few authors have the ability to achieve. The unfortunate thing-- I don't have as much time as I would like to flesh out every aspect of the world visually. I believe it is a great strength to understand my weaknesses, for which there are many. But I also find it an equal strength to know the limits of my ability and to trust in myself. So with this being said, enjoy the images. Most are quick (not to quick) mock-up images that helped me understand the world I was creating as well as laying down visual cues for the future of Parallel Earth.

Enjoy, thanks for checking in.

Scott Clark

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Parallel Earth: Life Intervenes

So it's been a while since I posted anything here at Parallel Earth Central. Why? Well... life intervened. And sometimes when life checks in, or ups the ante, it reeks havoc on my creative MOJO. Just in case you all didn't know, I have two little girls, a wife, am very busy around my community, all while trying to complete my epic, "Parallel Earth: Advent of Evil."

A Good Time to Write
Just to let you all know where I'm at on this, I'm currently on chapter 38 of 40. Yes, I'm almost done with the rewrite. If all goes well and the planets align, I should finish in the next three weeks. Wow! Amazing right? Yeah, sorta. But, I still have to finish the edit, for which I am only up to chapter 20. What does this mean? It means I probably won't complete the edit until mid-summer some time.

Odds of reaching this goal? I'm not sure. You know when it's all crappy outside, and it's cold, and the nights are long, it's very easy to stay inside and write, rewrite, edit and all of those other brilliant inspiring things. But when it's spring and it's time to garden, and you've been cooped up for damn near five months, it's really hard to stay inside and write, edit, and all other such inspiring things.

Time Passes
I'm going to do my best to stay on task while my girls are out for the summer. I know I have to get as much editing done before they get out, because I know when they do, I would much rather be outside catching fire-flies with them or taking the time to enjoy the evening with my wife outside along the creek. Of coarse gardening is always a distraction. Actually, anything outside is a distraction for me. I love being outside and working around the property; it's my form of meditation, of giving back to the land, the earth, and everyone else around me. It also helps create lasting magical memories for my two little girls (They're only little once, right?) I'll post some cool photos of the garden soon, as well as the surrounding property. I think you'll all dig it.

Glorious Spring - a Good time for Delinquency
Just to let you all know, I should be full-steam-ahead again come Sunday evening. Wish me luck. Leave a comment. Happy spring to all of you in the Northern Hemisphere, and to those of you in the south, well, I hope you're enjoying fall.

Thanks for checking in, stay inspired,

Scott Clark