The Machine of the World, by Phenderson Djèlí Clark

Phenderson Djèlí Clark’s flash fiction, The Machine of the World, is one of the stories that will be coming on Season 2 of The Kaleidocast, and I’m honored to have had the opportunity to make my observations as it emerged into Meta-Brooklyn, recorded here in my sketchbook.

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Cimmeria, From the Journal of Imaginary Anthropology

I am deeply honored that the Kaleidocast podcast has invited me to illustrate some of their upcoming stories for Season 2. I’ll show you another one shortly, but I’m just so happy with this one, I had to show it first.

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The Paddlefish Has a Real Weird Face.

I’ve been having a great time following Paleoart Twitter for the last few years. You might like it, too!

Of particular interest to me is Darren Naish (you can help fund his amazing work over here) of the Scientific American blog, Tetrapod Zoölogy. Last week, he published a drawing of the Paddlefish, a kind of sturgeon, that, while not closely related to sharks, has a similar cartilaginous skeleton. But what’s most wonderful about it to me is its weird-ass face.

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The Crown of Fingers, Itself

The Crown of Fingers. I wouldn’t really want to look in there directly. I mean, sure, it’ll make you mighty, but I’m not sure might is all that worth it.

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The Face of Ashu

The face of Ashu, worn by Umet, high priestess of the People of the River Ashug in the central temple of the City of Ku.

When you put on a mask, do you act like yourself? Or do you act like what the mask represents?
Or does that mask act like you?

Want to know what she looks like at her best? You should definitely read Adabi and the Crown of Fingers!

You should also check out The Fifth World, an optimistic, Solarpunk, post-civilization shared world setting with an RPG, fiction, and art!

The only Solarpunk RPG I've ever seen.

Adabi

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Every Spacer Poops: an Interview with Concept Artist Jeff Zugale

Jeff Zugale is a concept artist best known for his work on video games like BioShock: The Collection and Evolve. He draws spaceships for a living, and I thought maybe we could talk about that. I figured you probably think that’s as cool as I do.

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Ashu, the Ibis of Dawn, Healer of the Sun

Ashu, the Ibis of Dawn, lives in the marshes beside the river Shugal. Each morning, her wings embrace the sunrise that she might guide it across the sky, for the strong right eye of the river Shugal is blind, and may only open with her aid; if she is absent, the strong right eye will close and cast the city and its farms into darkness. Continue reading “Ashu, the Ibis of Dawn, Healer of the Sun”

Iridescence: Evolution’s Love Letter to Color

Iridescence has evolved on Earth several times, as in the nacre of mollusc shells, the feathers of birds, and the shells of insects like beetles.

They all share a common structure: nanoscale molecules that refract different wavelengths of light depending on the angle that the light reflects.

It is very hard to draw.

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Girraffatitanic Butt

Work continues on my Girraffatitan project! I’m getting close to having to make one of these as a sculpture.

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