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In "Reality Module #11" (August 1999) I used an image on the cover for the first time. On this page I will collect these images and display them for the first time in colour.
Pictures will be added as I HTMLise the contents of each issue.
Reality Module #11 (August 1999) - Girl
in Medieval Town
In 1993 using a program called "PenPal" I set about creating a book with illustrations. But I found out that pictures take a lot more time to create than text - and it wasn't possible to produce the number of pictures I needed quickly enough.
This picture is from very early in the story - it features the main character, an elf woman, entering a medieval town. It was created with a mouse, some imagination and DeluxePaint III. (320 x 256 pixels. Interleaved bitmap. 4 colours).
An atmospheric piece done in 16 levels of grey in 1988.
I gained an education in image processing in 1999 by attempting to modify it so that it would print legibly with 1987 dot-matrix printer technology, but in 2003 I went back to the source file, converted it to a GIF, and adjusted it to resemble as closely as possible the original ILBM image. (2003 Version. 639 x 400 pixels. 16 colours.)
BILL WRIGHT writes (December 1999):
If you want a story to go with your 'Castle in Wasteland' cover, let me recommend 'Prince of Chaos' by Roger Zelazny. Agents of Chaos abduct Coral who carries the Eye of the Serpent That Hangs Upon the Tree of Matter in her damaged left eye socket and thus, in her naked gaze, perceives the clear, cold lines of Eternity. Her abductors are pursued by constructs of the Pattern of Amber. Coral is stashed in a castle very much like the one on your cover while the two sides battle it out on a nearby blasted heath. Merlin, Prince of Chaos, and his companions have tracked this cavalcade through Shadow. Masking himself in an invisibility spell, Merlin attempts to steal Coral from under their noses, but is discovered before he can accomplish the rescue. Do read this book. You will not be disappointed.
I reply (April 2000):
I have two copies of "Prince of Chaos" - one signed by Roger Zelazny. I do not feel my picture manages to capture the wild romantic exhilaration of Roger's masterpiece - though the thing sticking out of the roof in my picture looking like a bent chimney, is a telescope.
I tried to create this image with my art program - but trying to draw smooth flowing lines with a mouse was a frustrating exercise! (No wonder people use graphics tablets and scanners - there is a lot to be said for the graceful ease of use of the traditional pen or pencil.)
My gratitude to John Davies (J.D.) for allowing me to use his Cyberman picture on the cover - and on this website!
No - I haven't suddenly become a brilliant artist. This picture is from one of the disks that came with the "Pen Pal" word-processing package I bought in 1990.
I rather envy folks like Karen Johnson who have oodles of clipart. I have maybe 6 or 7 pieces. (Actually I've got a CD- ROM filled with clipart, but you'll understand that it is a tad difficult to access them without a CD-ROM Drive!)
I like bicycles - though I don't take my 1986 tourer out as often as perhaps I should.
(Originally a 320x200 pixel interleaved bitmap. Converted to GIF format for the web. I've checked the documentation which came with "Pen Pal" and the program itself but have not been able to find any credits for this 1989 image. If it is your image please let me know!)
"Reality Module #16" (June 2000) did not have a cover picture.
Just playing around with a little graphics program. (My student will be studying some topics soon where I'll have to generate convincing graphs of of mathematical functions for my study handouts. I have been checking out some some of the shareware graphics programs on the Aminet site.)
This is the same casual drawing that appeared as a minature on page 9 of "Reality Module 10" in June 1999.
Its charm becomes more evident at a larger scale. :-)
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