I only took about a week off before I started working on a new one, yay. The random number generator indicated that the Fountain would be next, so I spent some time tweaking the design of it.
This all is what I call the “doodly” stage. I’m mostly working out what I want to include, and where. It’s also a good time to make sure the anatomy isn’t going to be too funky, because I’ve learned the hard way that if the anatomy ends up funky, once you fix it, the people will not fit in where you wanted them to. : P
I’m a little worried this is too close compositionally to the Stargazer. I might experiment with flipping it left to right next time I work on it and see if it still holds together. That would differentiate it somewhat.
And that is wisteria flowering in the trees, and yes I know damn well what I’m getting myself into, but I can’t help it. I always do this to myself. : /
The Visionary is the part of us that creates grand designs and tries to execute them– that wants to change the world and believes that it can be done. Unlike the Stargazer, the Visionary’s plans come from within; but both frequently result in lifelong quests and obsessions. Out of all the aspects, the Visionary is the most likely to create something which will stand the test of time; but in exchange it is also an engine of perpetual dissatisfaction with the way things are.
Waugh, this one was epic. It edged out the Empress for most hours of work time (30 exactly). As suspected, the colors were challenging but not hair-pulling-out frustrating like they were for the Gate and others. I had a pretty good idea of the unifying scheme, what with all the metals on a background of blue. The planets were honestly the hardest part, and I had to redo them a few times to find a variety of colors that would pop and draw attention without being garishly disharmonious with everything else.
I missed cleaning up a couple of places and there are still a few tweaks I want to do, but this is where the Visionary is at right now. The line art is basically done and I am going to start in on the color next.
I did not ultimately have to scrap as many things as I feared, but I definitely had to pitch/redo more things than I was hoping. This is actually somewhat simplified (gods help me) from the height of its convoluted-ness. But I think I finally have it in a state where it is not just a jumbled complicated mess, but you can still see plenty of intricacies. The Visionary’s machine should be intricate after all, in ways that only make sense to its engineer.