It's been 3 years... I'll spare you the details of the circumstances that led to my long absence. Suffice it to say I was going through a rough time and I had to cut off from social media to focus on more important issues. I also stopped drawing altogether, so I wouldn't have anything to post here anyway. Recently things have taken a turn for the better, though, and since I have plenty of free time now I have started drawing again.
Anyway, it's great to see most of you guys are still around! I'm looking forward to be active on DA again.
Here's a brief update on the various projects I'm currently working on:Old sketches and drawings:
Recently, as I was getting rid of old and unnecessary stuff, I realized that I have pages upon pages full of sketches and drawings, some dating all the way back to 2009 and beyond, which I had somehow managed to forget. There are hundreds of designs of varying quality and completeness, most of which I've never shared with anyone, spanning subjects such as speculative biology, paleoart, science fiction, fantasy and surrealism. In order preserve them in some way, I’ve been sorting them out, picking the most interesting ones so that I can retouch or completely redraw them. I’ll upload the first batch of drawings tomorrow, and hopefully I can publish the rest on a regular basis. If this sparks some interest, I could eventually create an artbook including these and some of the pictures I’ve already posted on DA.
The Allocene Project:
I’m unsure about its future. My main goal from the beginning was to come up with a speculative yet scientifically rigorous vision of the world in the future, making room for creativity while keeping 'hand-waving' to a minimum: a gargantuan task, and one that requires a fine understanding of geodynamics, climatology, evolution and ecology, among other fields. I first started working on it when I was around 14 (almost 10 years ago!) and my grasp of these things was basic to say the least. Consequently, the foundations of the project were already riddled with flawed decision-making a poorly done research.
Right now I’m having a hard time trying to justify the very setting of the project - the climatic conditions and arrangement of the continents - as well as the existence of certain groups and assemblages of organisms, and that's something I can’t just gloss over. If it were to be modified for the sake of accuracy, the project would probably have to undergo a comprehensive overhaul. Besides, I see that the group's activity has practically stalled while I was absent, so it might be best to discontinue it until I can find a way to sort things out.
I'm infinitely grateful to everyone who has contributed to the Allocene, it is a world that I hold dear and I’m impressed of what we’ve managed to create together all over the years.
That said, I still came up with a bunch of new ideas during these last three years and I'll probably share them here.Fatum Aeternum:
Some of you might remember this
. It all started a long time ago as a simple idea: 'a scientific outpost on an alien planet faces a mysterious threat that had long lain hidden in plain sight'. The story pieced itself together over time, and became something much more complex and almost mythological in scope. My current plan is to make it into a two-part series of novels. Worldbuilding, main characters and themes are already well-established, and I'm starting to construct a fleshed-out outline of events. Now the main obstacle is actually writing it out. It may be a little overambitious to set about tackling a task of this magnitude with so little experience in writing, yes, but the world of Fatum Aeternum has become deeply ingrained in my soul and it's eagerly waiting to come forth.Other stuff:
I have plenty of ideas for standalone illustrations, especially paleoart-related, so keep your eyes peeled.
I'm also intermittently working on a series of H. P. Lovecraft-inspired 'weird fiction' stories.