A Phrase with Diana Gabaldon and George R. R. Martin

Final weekend, my writing sisters and I attended a enjoyable occasion sponsored by our metropolis library and an area bookstore. A Phrase with Writers consists of a candid dialog between two acclaimed authors who share experiences and anecdotes about their writing. The inaugural lecture featured none apart from the beloved Diana Gabaldon, the creator of the Outlander collection, and George R. R. Martin, the brains behind the profitable Recreation of Thrones. They each had quite a bit to say about what impressed their work and what their writings processes are like. Listed here are a few of the night’s highlights.
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About their backgrounds and what impressed their books:

Gabaldon’s background may be very attention-grabbing as a result of she’s a scientist with levels in zoology, marine biology and ecology. She blames her father for this copious quantity of finding out since when she was younger, he had informed her that she was a “poor decide of character” and would most likely marry badly. To keep away from a life or poverty, he advisable that she turned a self-reliant skilled. Gabaldon obediently bought her PhD.
In her mid-thirties, Gabaldon determined to write down a novel, extra as follow than something (she didn’t intend for anybody to learn her work). Since she was so good at doing analysis and he or she preferred historical past, she determined it might be a historic novel. Now the one query was the place/when ought to she set it? The reply got here to her whereas she was watching an episode of Dr. Who and noticed a person in a kilt. She was so taken by this man that she determined to write down a few Scotsman. Being {that a} novel requires battle (to her personal admission, this was all she knew about novel-writing) she settled on the Scottish wars towards England throughout the 1700s. After all, she wanted a lady to create some sexual stress with this stunning man. Claire got here to Gabaldon by a picture of a lady in a cave stuffed with males. She was English and really totally different from different 18th century ladies. When Claire opened her mouth, she recited her full identify. There was nothing Gabaldon might do to tame her fashionable spirit. She fought together with her all through the novel, however ultimately gave up and informed her: “Go forward and be fashionable, I’ll work out why later.”  In that sense, she confesses, the time-traveling aspect in Outlander was an accident.
In distinction, Ser George had all the time been a author and a reader. He was a Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror fan—which was once the identical style—and as a baby, he wrote and bought horror tales to different children. He ultimately earned a grasp’s diploma in journalism. For a few years, he labored in Hollywood as a TV author in exhibits corresponding to The Twilight Zone and The Magnificence and the Beast, however there got here a time the place he needed to work on his personal tales, and so he turned to novel writing. When requested about his inspiration, he talked about Tolkien as a giant affect.

About their writing processes:

Martin provided an attention-grabbing analogy for writers. He stated there are two sorts of novelists: gardeners and designers. An architect designs a blueprint, plans how he’s going to develop it after which does it. A gardener digs a gap within the floor, throws seeds and water, and hopes one thing will develop. Martin admits he’s a gardener. When he began A Music of Ice and Hearth, he didn’t have a transparent thought of the place he was going with the story. All he had was the primary scene and characters who saved telling him what they needed. However characters could be treacherous, he says, and like a gardener he typically has to tug out weeds—which could clarify why he kills so a lot of them!

Following the identical analogy, Gabaldon additionally calls herself a gardener. Nonetheless, her course of just isn’t linear, like Martin’s, however “natural.” She will get a picture in her head and fleshes it out right into a scene. As soon as she has a number of chunks, or scenes, she stitches them collectively right into a narrative. She admits that when she began she didn’t know something about writing novels (she had, nonetheless, written a 400-page dissertation). So she set two guidelines for herself: a) she wouldn’t cease, it doesn’t matter what, and b) she would do the perfect she might.

Earlier than she was achieved with the primary Outlander e-book, she discovered an agent who was so taken together with her story he signed her on straight away and bought her e-book in 4 days. She didn’t initially plan to write down so many sequels, she simply knew that “there was extra.” Her agent initially bought her a three-book deal, however the novels saved coming.  Her writing is so unintended that her subsequent collection following the adventures of Lord John, a secondary character within the Outlander collection, took place as a result of she was invited to take part in an anthology of brief tales. Since she didn’t need to intrude with Outlander’s fundamental characters and plot, she considered Lord John—who then took a lifetime of his personal.

Martin agreed with Gabaldon in that he didn’t plan to write down such a protracted collection both, however he was joyful to do it since readers these days like to comply with characters for 10-15 years. He says his complete collection is one steady story informed in a number of books.



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Diana Gabaldon and George R. R. Martin signing autographs

About their use of language:

Since Martin’s novels are set in a “quasi medieval world” he needed to discover a stability between fashionable syntax (so the viewers wouldn’t be misplaced) and flavoring his textual content with archaic phrases to present the novel a correct context and keep away from anachronisms. He referred to as this the “frequent tongue of all fantasy novels.” He initially overused phrases like “mayhaps” or “forsooth,” however his editor objected. They reached a compromise by having the older characters use these phrases and the youthful ones using a extra fashionable language—because it tends to occur in actual life.
Martin didn’t invent languages the way in which Tolkien did (he joked that Tolkien wrote The Lord of the Rings simply so he might use his languages) however he made up 5 phrases of Excessive Valyrian, and can make up a sixth if mandatory. For the present, nonetheless, complete languages needed to be invented since you may’t simply say, “She stated in Excessive Valyrian.” Now when he writes a scene, he has to name HBO to ask how a personality may say one thing in no matter language. The present hires folks whose passion is to invent languages with correct syntax and grammar to develop Dothraki and Excessive Valyrian. As a humorous anecdote, Martin talked about {that a} fan as soon as requested a Excessive Valyrian dictionary.
Gabaldon talked about that she has a number of translators who assist her with Gaelic, and he or she loves the sound of it.

About their TV exhibits:

Gabaldon introduced that the Outlander collection is now in manufacturing. The producer, who had beforehand labored in Battlestar Galactica, took two days to speak to her concerning the present. They determined that as a prologue, they might present a scene of Claire in a navy hospital throughout WWII. Gabaldon had a blast contained in the “Outlander world.” She admitted that initially she didn’t like the actor chosen to play Jamie Fraser, however after seeing his audition she knew he could be completely excellent for the position (although he by accident stated “OK” throughout a scene the place Jamie was being pressured to marry Claire).
It took quite a bit longer to seek out Claire and poor Sam needed to undergo innumerable “chemistry assessments.” Finally, they discovered an actress who had the precise chemistry with Sam and would play the right Claire. When somebody requested Gabaldon if she wish to write for TV, she confessed she’s not a workforce participant and likes to maintain management of her writing.

Martin, however, talked about that he writes one script per season and would love to write down extra, however he has but to complete two 1500-page books. Yeah, you learn appropriately.
What’s attention-grabbing is that each exhibits will share actors. Apparently the BBC has churned out twenty or so actors, who take part in every part involving an English or Scottish accent. Each single one in every of them is in Recreation of Thrones, and, in keeping with Martin, will seem within the Outlander collection after they’re killed off from GoT. (Ha!)

Anecdotes and questions:

Martin was requested which a part of Westeros he’d select to reside in, if he might. He stated Dorn. “It is heat, the ladies are heat and the meals is spicy. It is New Mexico!”

Gabaldon talked about that in an interview with a German reporter, drained to maintain her tongue in test, she stated she cherished a person in a kilt as a result of “you already know he might have you ever up towards a wall in 30 seconds.”

When requested about their ideas on self-publishing, neither one in every of them advisable it. Martin stated writers are supposed to write down, not publish or market books. He commented how unhappy it was to see writers desperately making an attempt to promote their work in Bubonicon conferences and such, and the way folks typically keep away from them. Martin thinks that self-publishing is just a good suggestion for well-known authors whose names alone promote books.

They each acknowledged that it’s not straightforward to interrupt into publishing, however the one factor a author can do is hold writing.

In spite of the followers who needed hints about how each collection will finish, neither Gabaldon nor Martin stated a phrase. The one factor Gabaldon admitted to was having written the final scene ten years in the past. “How I’ll get there may be a completely totally different query,” she stated.

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立中式速繪 動態姿勢繪圖技巧 ポーズが描ければ 動きも描ける たてなか流クイックスケッチ


作者: 立中順平  
出版社:楓書坊 |譯者: 游若琪
出版日期:2020/09/30
ISBN:9789863776314
規格:平裝 / 217頁 / 19 x 25.7 x 1.08 cm / 普通級 / 部份全彩 / 初版
定價:420元|優惠價:79折332元
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●本書特色
  ◎從心態及觀念養成開始,1-5分鐘,新手也能立馬上手的「立中式速繪教學」。
  ◎58部插圖教學影片免費下載,新手可一步步反覆學習,書末更附有作品集供創作者參考。
  ◎3大章節、逾200張速繪圖,講解觀察人物技巧、速繪重點及提升風格的小撇步。
速繪人物的基礎三堂課:
  ➊ 建立正確的心態
  不要想畫「正確」,而是要「輕鬆地多畫一些」,
  所謂的觀察力,只是「知識」和「經驗」的累積,
  熟悉自然就會,真的畫不出來的時候,只觀察也行。
  因為#魅力十足的圖,和技巧或常識毫無關係。#
  藉由觀察獲得的經驗和記憶,會轉換成「現實感」並活在作品中。
  不斷畫速繪,就能培養出短時間內掌握特徵的能力。
 
  ➋ 練習簡單畫全身的速繪技巧▁▁火柴人練習
  ⑴ 將全身分成15個部位,
  用2D畫全身,
  「頭 部、胸部、骨盤」是橢圓形。
  「上臂、下臂、大腿、小腿、手、腳」是線條。
  用D字形畫胸廓、軀幹和髖部,塑造印象,
  部位和部位之間留下空白,
  就能輕鬆畫出姿勢。
 
  ⑵ 注意基本結構,不要注意輪廓和細節
  看全身:那個人在做什麼?你有什麼感覺?
  看部位:位置和傾斜度?有什麼功用?
  簡單大膽地畫,鎖定在動作和使用身體的方式。
 
  ⑶ 立體化
  畫出火柴人的2D表現方式,稱作Shape,
  接下來要把平面添加立體的資訊,
  讓Shape有厚度(深度),
  只要畫出縱向的中心線,以及表示膨度的橫向曲線,
  就能變成有厚度和方向性的立體物。
 
  ⑷ 創造不對稱平衡
  全身的節奏和動線是一種流線感。
  盡量避免線條左右對稱,
  大原則是:弧線的對面必然是直線。
 
  ➌掌握印象,最後的風格和情緒添加
  這個人正在做¬「什麼」(動作)?他有「什麼樣」的感受(感情)?
  動作和感情,就是本書所說的動態。
  習慣用少量線條畫全身的思考方式後,就加入動線(flow)的觀點吧!
  不同的曲線會流暢地引導視線。
  彎度深的曲線會用慢節奏,彎度淺的曲線會用快節奏來引導視線。
  將線條加上粗細,就會產生強弱,成為更有趣味性的圖。
 
  本書從心態建立到步驟教學,
  不到20秒就能完成一幅速繪,
  附上58張速繪插圖影片,
  從空白至完稿,一筆一畫的繪畫過程全呈現,
  供學習者一遍一遍觀看臨摹,
  零基礎也沒問題。
 
  每次畫的速繪都是僅有一次的體驗,
  是當下你所能畫出的線條所構成的,
  請輕鬆享受速繪的樂趣吧!
 
◆作者簡介    
立中順平    
  日本岡山縣人。
  1993年開始在Disney Animation Japan擔任動畫師。
  後來進入Answer Studio,目前是自由工作者。
 
  曾參與《跳跳虎歷險記》(Disney)、《棒球大聯盟》(電視版)、《鑽石王牌》、《YURI !!!on ICE》、《佐賀偶像是傳奇》等作品。
 
  目前以動作作畫導演的身分參與各個作品的製作,是負責運動動畫動作表現的資深動畫師。
▼黑介紹
由曾經在華特迪士尼動畫工作室與日本動畫公司Answer Studio的日本資深動畫師立中順平撰寫的速繪教學書
教學主張「不要只在意正確,而是要畫出具有魅力的人物。」
在正確的觀念下,不斷的練習速繪,來培養出掌握特徵的能力。
本書分3個章節
第一章節:速繪繪畫 P1-73.
1-1:速繪的觀念介紹
1-2:速繪人物的重點
1-3:掌握印象
第二章節:繪畫技巧P75-145.
2-1:速繪的各種技巧
2-2:身體局部與衣服
2-3:邁向下一步,動態的掌握
第三章節:速繪作品集P151-218.
收錄立中老師3年來的速繪作品。
▼黑書評
多數速寫教學書都很吃繪畫基礎,在沒有人物基礎的前提下會很難入門。
本書教學另闢蹊徑在以沒有基礎的前提下,講解如何學習速繪
內文資訊量雖然大,但搭配簡化好上手的範例
對新手來說比較好入門,實際操作也不會太挫折
推薦給想讓人物動態更有魅力的學習者們~
這本很不錯用~~~

Design College students’ Summer season Break

With summer break fast approaching, graphic design students like me are trying to figure out productive ways to spend their time. Work for money? Work for experience? Summer classes?

I’ve spent the past few months doing everything I can to
find an internship this summer. Finding a company that isn’t an MLM and will
actually pay good money for your design work is tough. Luckily, graphic design
is a field that’s in demand, so there are a lot of good options out there.

The other option for getting design experience during the summer
break is freelance work, but that comes with its own slew of issues. There’s
nothing worse than beginning to work with a client and getting excited for a
project just for them to look at you with a face like the Surprised Pikachu Meme
when you start to discuss cost.

With two weeks left in the semester, here’s hoping we figure
something out soon!