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Every skin is different, and has slightly different qualities. They also bear different scars and scratches from the deer's life. So I try to pick a piece that will fit well with the art I have in mind. I'm basically drawing with a really hot pen.
Like any skin, when the deer hide is burned it shrivels, and this allows me to create a 3-Dimensional surface. It takes some careful planning, but it's fun, and the results can be quite striking. The next step, which is optional and depends on the art piece, is painting. Sometimes, when there are large areas to paint, I use my fingers. And when really small details are needed, I might work with a feather quill. Once the image is finished, the last part of the creative process is figuring out presentation.
This usually means selecting the right color combination of matting for it. The matting makes it easy for most people to frame and hang on a wall like any normal picture.
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But sometimes I feel another form of presentation is better, such as nailing the piece to wood, or hanging it from something such as a bow, or large bone. What inspires you in regards to your creations? Books, TV, movies, comics It's important to me to develop relationships with other artists based on mutual respect and collaboration.
I'm often inspired by art I see while walking down Artist Alley at a convention, and I've made quite a few new friends collaborating in that way.
Please tell us about your current collection, favorite pieces, stories behind a favorite piece. It's a pretty eclectic collection. Since I'm a fan of so many things fantasy and sci-fi, I enjoy creating pieces inspired by many different subjects.
Currently, I have various characters from Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Lord of the Rings, quite a few recreations of classic comic book covers those are a lot of fun to do! Both took many hours to make and create the displays for, and they are both milestones in my work as an artist, in their own way.
What's new for ? But I also want to create a lot of new things, like maps of Skyrim, Krynn, Hogwarts Marauder's mapand a few others. There are also a lot of comic covers I still haven't gotten to, and I've had an Alien project in my head for a while now.
I'm also planning on doing quite a few new cons. I'll be at the Philadelphia Tattoo Convention in February, for example, and that will be a new experience. Ask and then answer a question about your product or designs that I haven't asked. Many people are squeamish when they hear about the materials you work with skin, bone, eyeballs Actually, I am continuously surprised at how overwhelmingly positive the vast majority of the response to my work has been.
People seem taken by surprise when they hear about how it's made especially the eye-ball juice partbut I think they then realize that the materials were used to create something beautiful and unique. Every once in a while I get a person who will walk away from my table because they are vegetarian or vegan, but they're few and far between.
Clarkesworld has a marvelous podcast, read by the amazing Kate Baker, and I listen to it while riding the train home from Chicago in the evening. If you're a writer looking to get inspired, novels are a fine choice. But I find that nothing really churns the mind like great short fiction. There's so much out there today, and so many ways to consume it. If you haven't tried, you're really missing out. The other thing I read is newspapers.
Real journalism, not just bloggers and Facebook. I think I'm the only person in my train compartment every morning that still carries a physical copy of The New York Times with me downtown. Pretty old school, I admit.
I needed to tell the story of how the rise of independent machines had changed the entire world, not just the United States. That was a hugely positive change to the book, and I think it comes directly from exposure to so many in-depth resources on global affairs. Describe The Robots of Gotham in characters or less. A Canadian businessman in an occupied Chicago uncovers a machine conspiracy to destroy all life and teams with humans and robots to stop it.
Tell us something about The Robots of Gotham that is not found in the book description. I worked with the great folks at John Joseph Adams Books to craft what I thought was pretty serviceable jacket copy for the novel. But it wasn't until all those terrific blurbs from other writers starting coming in that I realized that there were much better ways to describe the book than just a straight-ahead plot synopsis.
But she's absolutely right. With Americans in his hotel, with foreigners who are part of the peacekeeping force, and with machines of all kinds, including some who are part of the occupying army. Those friendships become crucial when he stumbles on a machine conspiracy to destroy all life on the continent with a horrific plague. Barry Simcoe and his new friends set out to stop it, and when they do they make two more startling discoveries: A secret that America's machine conquerors are desperate to keep hidden.
If I had to describe the book today, I'd do it a little differently than I did when I wrote that jacket copy. I'd want to find a way to boil down what the book is all about.
To say that the antidote to all this skullduggery and mistrust is friendship.
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The outsider Barry Simcoe is able to make friendships in a very dangerous place, with parties who are intensely hostile to each other, and those friendships spread. Can something as simple as friendship successfully undermine a global conspiracy? Can man truly be friends with something as alien as a sentient machine? Those are the questions I had so much fun exploring in my novel. What inspired you to write The Robots of Gotham?
What appeals to you about writing Science Fiction? The Robots of Gotham is a standalone book, and it tells a complete tale, but it's also part of a series of stories that use the same setting. I was inspired to write it because of my love for the science fiction and fantasy series that have captivated me over the years, from The Lord of the Rings to Star Trek to Harry Potter.
Neil Gaiman once said he didn't truly understand serial fiction until he realized that the key is giving readers time to live with the characters between installments. That the magic of his Sandman comic wasn't always magnified by collecting the monthly issues into graphic novels so readers could digest them all at once.
That good serial fiction has more impact when it has room to live, for readers to daydream and imagine their own stories between chapters.
I think that's a powerful insight, and it's part of what fascinates me about writing a series. What sort of research did you do for The Robots of Gotham? How much of the science in the novel is more fact than fiction?
I work for a machine learning company in Chicago, and one of the great surprises of my life was how much the real world caught up with the world of Chicago I imagined, just in the three years between when I began writing the book and when it was published.
The advances in machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence over the last three years alone have been staggering. If I had it to do all over again, I might have moved my time line up by 30 years, to And even that might not be enough!
We are plunging into a future world of robots and Thought Machines far faster than I had imagined. Much of what I conjectured in the book is fact already. That's both exciting and a little terrifying. Please tell us about the cover for The Robots of Gotham. I'd be delighted to! The cover was designed by Mark R.
Robinson at Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and it depicts a scene from the novel. It shows a massive fireball over Lake Michigan, a scant 15 miles offshore, created when an unknown group of machines create a controlled magma vent -- basically a volcano -- in the middle of the lake.
That's just one of the mysteries Barry Simcoe is faced with when he arrives in the city, and sees this happening from his hotel room. I'm absolutely thrilled with the cover. Covers are enormously important, and I think doubly so for debut authors.
There's not a lot of reason for a casual browser to pick us up in the bookstore. If the cover doesn't catch your eye, we're sunk. And Mark's cover is certainly eye-catching! In The Robots of Gotham who was the easiest character to write and why?
The hardest and why? The easiest character to writer was the first robot introduced, Nineteen Black Winter, a diplomat from the robotic kingdom of Manhattan. He and Barry are both injured in the attack on their hotel in the first chapter. While Barry quickly recovers, Black Winter is dying, and no one can help him.
Barry has to make a crucial decision about how much he's willing to risk to try and save a machine he just met a few hours ago. Black Winter was easy to write because, like Barry, he's an outsider. He's just trying to make his way in a city that hates and mistrusts machines. He doesn't understand the politics any better than anyone else. But his connections and knowledge prove to be invaluable to the fledgling team when the crisis hits.
I think the hardest character to write was the villain, who's also a machine.