Getting Closer

Well, I do seem to have a novel coming out soon! The illustrations are done, the format is formatted, the proofs are being corrected, the launch party is being planned! To Give a Rose should come out sometimes this month! With so much to do, my next australopithecine post is lagging somewhat, but it will get there.

In other creative news-from-Caroline–

Lately, I’ve been busy making oil paintings based on the illustrations I’ve done for Rose. I’ll post images when they’re done and I can get them scanned, but I’m doing them all simultaneously, so you’ll have to wait until they’re all done.

It’s an interesting process. I jumped in with both feet before realizing that these are the most complex images I’ve ever attempted–that may or may not be obvious when you look at them, since they’re not VISUALLY complicated, they’re not “busy,” just technically difficult. There are a lot of different colors and textures, I’m working without any reference images, and there are a few details I’ve never attempted before.

For example, Rose is mostly about australopithecines, who almost certainly had dark brown or black skin, as do chimpanzees, gorillas, and all but a few humans (baby chimpanzees also have pink skin, and it is the babies we see used in entertainment). But, since I am one of the aberrant pink humans, and because I live in a culture where the media is dominated by pink humans, pink faces are the kind I learned how to paint; basically, do a big swipe of pink and then add shadows, eyebrows, and other details in darker colors. Do that on a brown or black face, though, and you get an undifferentiated oval, dark on dark. So I need to learn to paint faces all over again.

It’s an adventure.


About Caroline Ailanthus

I am a creative science writer. That is, most of my writing is creative rather than technical, but my topic is usually science. I enjoy explaining things and exploring ideas. I have one published novel and another on the way. I have a master's degree in Conservation Biology and I work full-time as a writer.
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