Okay, I’m still buried (no pun intended) in my sculpting. The unnamed friend that I’m building for the Art Garage competition has eaten around 14 lbs. of poly-fill, and I’m not done sewing him all together yet. *laments and tears my hair*
Toss into the mix that I’m still building the other sculpture (tree stump-ish creature), and my hands really, really hurt.
One day, I will have a sewing machine that doesn’t hate me so that I can do some of my sewing on it. <–Okay, that really wouldn’t work with the way my critters are built, but I can dream, can’t I?
So, I promised some out loud thinking about ecology and world building as it relates to my conceptual process.
Be prepared. It isn’t fully developed yet. Mostly because it was a typical-for-me shower revelation. <–My best ideas either come out of taking a shower or insomnia. When I can get them to work together? Pure magic.
I’ve always know that I was building creatures and habitats that exist in the same sort of world, but I’ve started to suss out where they exactly fit into that world building.
The taxonomy series really come out as the insectoid creatures of the world–which makes sense since, in my head, taxonomic structures are connected to insect collections.
I had one when I was a kid. In a cigar box. Grasshoppers were the hardest to catch.
The chimera series are almost like the old gods of the world. Giant, eyeless, removed from the rest of the inhabitants of the the world, and totally without compassion for the other creatures that live there–which probably explains why a lot of the references in this series are dependent upon popular culture, fairy tales, and archetypes.
The scrump series would be the algae of the world. Especially, since the amorphous ubiquity of the scrump comes from the mass in Tenchi Muyo, although the name and grotesque nature of the scrump comes from Lilo and Stitch.
The habitat series are the places that some of these creatures live (mostly the taxonomy insects).
It’s not eloquent or complete, but it was nice to have some of this world building situated more firmly in my head.
And, now, I must be away to sew more on the Sculpture That Will Not End.