Inking this probably took about 20-30 minutes all up. Getting faster! Total, knocked this one out in about an hour. From a sketch of Taymah and Fawz. I realise now they both look a bit paler than I intend them to be…
The version I put up on my fb page doesn’t have the text, but I had always intended some kind of bold text packing onto the canvas. The title at the bottom isn’t a name for anything, except that my mock-Central+East Asian fantasy world I’ve been playing around with occasionally goes by the name the Shommöqe (shommo-ke). There is a system to the pronunciation of this word, but that’s for another time (i.e. not making a post before going to work!)
Fancily dressed Oasis Tribes people, Üsmiqimö. (I’m beginning to think this is the South-of-the-mountain-ranges style of Oasis tribe garb). I know this pic has waaay too much stuff packed in, busy busy busy with no clear point of focus, but what evs. I regret nothing. Was going for an overwhelming look.
Totally absent from online stuff these past few days. Just not feeling the need to go online. Plus, time. When I’m not working, I’m either socialising or reading history. And world creating. Piddling around with fixing my word list of naming languages, making a map, figuring out naming conventions, making names… And in this process of making a world, all these peoples and dilemmas are popping up. It’s a fun process. (The above photo is of my unconventional work space for today. Melbourne actually had nice weather today, so it was writing in the park, until the table was swearing with ants for reasons unknown.)
Not sure how long this ‘world creating’ is going to take, but it feels like I’ve passed a kind of hurdle. It almost has bones and meat enough that more substantial visual stuff can be done.
Took a break from over the top aristocratic and wealthy Üsmiqimö dress design, and went for something less poncy. The earlier design for these two are a bit more rural, and much more basic (at least the girl, Taymah’s garb). Which is fine, but the world they inhabit is oddly modern in some respects, so I wanted to design a more contemporary variation of their garb.
Made Fawz’s dress more Turkic overall (this will be explained eventually), and gave the left one in particular a very contemporary cut. Maybe the right one is more ‘traditional’ and worn for special meetings, while the left one is ‘everyday’ in the city type thing. Hmm. Taymah looks traditional all around, except for the balloon skirt. I love balloon skirts.
For those of you who are curious, this is one of the first things I do when mocking up a language. I work out the language’s vowel and consonant inventory. There’s a pretty intense field of human sound science (Phonetics), and above is an example of how a consonant inventory can be organised. This mock-language has a modest consonant inventory. One the consonants and vowels are figured out, I can make up some rules about syllable structure, and then make up some words following the sound rules and syllable structure.
How nerdy is this. I love it. (I now notice I’m missing the ‘r’ in this photo. This mock-lan does have a ‘r’ sound.)
Just made my pledge! I love this kind of philosophy.