I’m also a webcomics writer and illustrator, with a focus on science fiction, character and creature design, and world building techniques. Occasionally, I’ll be posting insights into the creative process as I prepare for the 2016 debut of my webcomic, Embers of Sozon. This post has also been cross-posted on LinkedIn and on Medium.
What’s the most out-of-place thing you’ve seen lately? For me, it was the surprise of seeing a fully-decorated, discarded, brown Christmas tree laying on the sidewalk curb.
Ignoring the clear fire hazard — and the oddity that someone in my neighborhood displayed a dead Christmas tree in their apartment for 10 months — the experience of seeing the dead tree was akin to being offered a pumpkin spice latte in April. It threw my whole sense of time into momentary turmoil.
However, the image of the tree, branches, and shiny foil stuck with me when an opportunity arose to finish a concept for one of the characters in my webcomic, Plesq.