Story and rambling time.
I picked up Grigori Medvedev’s The Truth About Chernobyl a little while ago and because I’ve been really stressed out lately and that particular topic is always engaging enough to my brain to distract me from my anxieties, it was time to look at it. Weird but true. Stuff about Chernobyl just gets me asking so many questions and needing the answers and so I dig and dig and dig and dig and… Oddly, I start feeling better in the process. So I finally started reading said book after having it sit on my shelf for months.
And then I promptly ate my way through it.
And now here I am again with my imagination running around nearly 30 years into the past on the other side of the world. This piece of history is just like a black hole that sucks me in sometimes. It’s fascinating, and horrible, and amazing, and the drama and the heroics and the magnitude of it all… God. There’s just so much to know and see and find. And it’s important and even relevant to the modern day and augh.
So I ended up drawing some of these guys again: Valery Khodemchuk, Volodymyr Shashenok, and Leonid Toptunov this time. It was helpful. I’ve been itching for months to draw from photographs, but I have a discipline problem in that my attention span for drawing something is either 0 or 100 and nothing in between. If I’m not already engaged in a subject, I get distracted by everything around me instead of what I’m supposed to be drawing. A scrap of tinfoil on the ground will suddenly be more intriguing if I’m not feeling it when I start and then the pencils get abandoned for two weeks.
But fortunately, I’m a really visual person (which surprises absolutely no one) so I’ve ended up accumulating a ton of photos, diagrams, and blueprints on my hard drive to help me picture who is where and doing what while I’m reading the books I pick up. I think by now you could probably teleport me just about anywhere in Unit 3 (not 4; I’m not that brave) and I could find my way to the exit without a map or a guide. Maybe. I don’t want to test it, but it sure feels like it.
So I just picked through a couple of those photos and used them for practice. My attention span was actually at 100 on something I had photos for. Huzzah!
And on a nearly final note in all this rambling, if anyone out there is curious, that was a neat book and I do recommend it. It was similar to Ablaze by Piers Paul Read, which I read a few years ago, in that it covered the history of nuclear power, then the accident, then the clean-up and the future… but it was all from a slightly different perspective. Piers Paul Read was a novelist from outside the Soviet Union who came in to study the accident. Grigori Medvedev, however, is a nuclear engineer from the Soviet Union who worked at Chernobyl and personally knew a bunch of the people involved. Really interesting, although it’s got a lot of technical talk, which taught me a ton about RBMK reactors, certainly, but I had Google at my fingertips a lot to keep up with it all. The author also does have a bias about certain people and certain events, so take it with a grain of salt.
Then again, take all of it with a grain of salt. No account is perfect. This is why I keep asking questions, after all. Some stuff I’ll never know for sure, I think, unless I get my hands on a TARDIS. Don’t ever let me have one.
All right, and so I am a terrible little nerd, and if you read through all of that blather you probably deserve a cookie and my thanks.
To end off, with the final final note: I feel terrible that I’ve had almost no energy for art outside the comic for weeks, and then I wind up coming back and doing this instead… So I want to mention that I do still have the color scheme challenge requests in my inbox and if all goes well I can get on to those again soon. I haven’t forgotten. I just really needed to get this out of my system first. Whims of the muse and all. O_<
Those requests are beginning to weigh on me, so SOON. Soon.
I hope I was making sense here. I’ve been pretty tired and dumb.
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Oh goodie, another crowd is forming in Oros. Are they going to stay calm this time?
New page of Prophecy of the Circle for you. Let’s find out. =P
For the last couple of updates I’ve been occasionally doing extra doodles in the comments section, too. XP Just for fun if an idea comes to me.
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Oh man that felt good. Just sat down and filled a page with doodles. Felt like concentrating on some of my favourite lady characters from stories by zoe1718 and me. Mostly the former. I’m a bit of a fangirl. =P
From warrior mom Kalinka in the top right, to Martha, bottom right, also known as the sweetest vampire ever who is also the only person to successfully tell the demon scourge on her world to just button it for the next few centuries, if you please. Then bottom left, Aeza, who I can’t wait to bring back into Prophecy of the Circle. Argh, why do I only have time for one page a week? Boo. :<
The only dudes are baby Treven and then Elian, up at the top left, who I think just wanted to hang out. Can’t say I blame him.
Help me fund my dream of becoming an active Twitch streamer and an active member of the community!
And, on a slightly different note…
One of my co-workers has a Kickstarter he just started up. I’m all for supporting people who want to start their dreams out on the right foot - after all, four years ago, that was me, scrounging for paints and good pens - so take a look, and toss a buck in! I’ll be doing the same as soon as I can. :)
I promise I’m alive! Things got a bit quiet over here, but hopefully that’ll change soon. Between work being insane for a solid week and re-doing the layout for Prophecy of the Circle’s homepage immediately afterwards, I haven’t had too much time to do drawing for fun. I burned out a bit.
I took time this weekend to go visit my parents in the country and recharge, though, and now I’m itching to get back to routine. I just have to get caught up on a few things this week.
Then the first order of business is going to be getting back to the colour scheme challenge. I have a couple of requests in the backlog that looked like fun. :)