Archive for May, 2011

Longsword time

Posted in Art with tags on May 12, 2011 by davidnm2009

A little bit more 3d:

I couldn’t quite get the shadows to behave, so I had to do the render in two goes. Hence the slightly odd, washed out shadows down there.

(Full-res version over here, as ever.)

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The Old FTL Problem

Posted in SF, Speculation with tags , , , on May 10, 2011 by davidnm2009

One of the big draws of SF as a genre is the whole ‘exotic places’ thing. You know, pretty double stars, masses of moons, deep-blue Rayleigh-scattering gas giants, that sort of thing. There’s a lot to be said for escapism, particularly given that the real world now seems to be getting more depressing rather than less (certainly here in Britain, anyway, where we now have clear empirical evidence that change for the better is apparently unpopular and politically-impossible).

But there’s a small problem, and that’s the distance one. Basically with regards to space travel, there’s a slight problem in that space is, umm, rather large. Even just the Earth-Moon system – a reasonably-compact arrangement, as these things go – is arranged so that the separation between the two bodies is such that you could line up 30-ish Earths, side-to-side, between here and the Moon. (Note that I need to check my maths on this … I don’t think that figure’s exactly right, but it’s on that order of magnitude…) Continue reading

Dystopian Fiction

Posted in SF with tags , on May 5, 2011 by davidnm2009

It’s election day in the UK, so now is probably as apt a time as any to write about dystopian fiction.

So, here goes…

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Getting A Head

Posted in Art with tags on May 5, 2011 by davidnm2009

New painting:

It definitely looks like there’s a story here. I’m not so sure what that story is, though! (A much larger version here, as usual.)

I’m still working on this lighting/shadows business. Oh, and faces too. I definitely still have a lot of work to do on them…