Featured Creature, the Wolpertinger (Al-mi’raj)
The Easter season began and Grandmama was selling off our belongings. Our sleepy Iowa town sold corn and gossip by the bushel but didn’t have a lot of room for old jazz musicians like Grandmama was. It was the 1950’s.
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Apsara, in Indian religion and mythology, one of the celestial singers and dancers who, together with the gandharvas, or celestial musicians, inhabit the heaven of the god Indra, the lord of the heavens. According to Wikipedia, in Hinduism, the Gandharvas are male nature spirits, husbands of the Apsaras. Some are part animal, usually a bird or horse. They have superb musical skills. They guard the Soma and make beautiful music for the gods in their palaces. Gandharvas are frequently depicted as singers in the court of the gods. Gandharvas act as messengers between the gods and humans. In Hindu law, a gandharva marriage is one contracted by mutual consent and without formal rituals.
Creature Concept Design for Writers- Comparing the process of developing concept art and writing believable Sci-Fi characters
I am a big fan of the Syfy channel’s show FACEOFF, and it got me thinking about the specifics of brainstorming characters and how creating and 3D design relates to our craft as writers. We too must master the art of creature concept design on paper. In an interview with Jerad S. Marantz.
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