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L. Shelby - Artwork - Landscapes

A Writer's Sketchbook - Landscapes and Spacescapes

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Yellowstone

Since one of my favorite thing to do as a writer is to create worlds, it probably isn't that surprising that one of the types of artwork I end up creating is pictures of those worlds. Many of these pictures end up being views from out in space. It's just about the only way to get the whole picture

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Racciman

For space pictures particularly I like using 3D computer graphics. One of the neat things about creating a world as a three dimensional object is that you can then takea picture of it spinning about.

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Four Arm Spiral Galaxy

It's pretty rare for me to do landscapes that are just landscapes. Usually if I'm going to put a lot of work into showing the sweeping sky and a the distant mountains, and so on, it's because I'm illustrating an actual scene from one of my stories. Not that I don't have a vast appreciation for the beauties of nature. But combining those great sweeping vistas with some actual action has always seemed like a better deal.

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Antelope at Sunset
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Mountain Lake
Writing Quote
 
'I know professional writers who outline, who don't outline, who start at the beginning, in the middle, at the end, who start with characters, with plot, with setting, with theme, with idea, who develop whatever bits they're missing in every order imaginable. And they all write books that sell, and many of them win awards.'
 
-- Patricia C. Wrede
 
 
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