Visualizing what you’re reading.
I love reading sci-fi. Something about those fantastic, new worlds where anything can exist just makes my day. After reading so much of it, though, I notice that it’s hard to surprise me anymore. One of the best ways to keep my imagination engaged is to feed me a little information without overdoing the details. You know it’s a good sci-fi story when the characters development is strong enough to carry the reader along without a full description. I noticed this in Dan Simmon’s Hyperion/Endymion books and even to some degree in Frank Herbert’s Dune novels.
Even the best writers can leave you wanting though, and I desperately want to know what the aliens look like in John Scalzi’s “Old Man’s War” series of books. Specifically, what the hell do the Obin look like?!
I finally gave up trying to find a detailed description or image online and just made my own. This is how I picture the Obin when I read Scalzi’s books, which are really great.
They’re described in the books only as a cross between a hermaphroditic spider and a giraffe, but they often send the human characters into a fearful tizzy. Picture these guys speaking in humorless monotones, fearless, but with hearts of gold. Kind of…
Posted on November 23, 2014, in Practice Pieces, Sketchbook and tagged alien, aliens, art, drawing, future, illustration, John Scalzi, Obin, Old Man's War, Sam Garland, sci-fi, science fiction, sketch, space. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.