Scraps, napkins, and magazine clippings

To make the writing process go smoothly I started by gathering my sketchpads, sketchbooks, journals, and all previous work that fell within the realm of the Astromythos universe.  I recovered scientific magazines and art books from my collection and flagged pages so that I could remove specific passages for reference material.  I read through my enormous collection of writings and drawings, careful to make sure that I did not omit any important information for composing my work.  As I leafed through my journals, I meticulously flagged every sketch and every passage that I wanted to include in the thesis.  I then looked through my art books and flagged all pages I could use as artistic influences.  After I finished this step, I reviewed the material and created a tentative list of paintings I wanted to produce for the book.  I then built a filing cabinet into a large desk drawer in my studio space to categorize all relevant clippings from magazines, printouts, and photocopies.  I left certain material out in the open so I could transform my studio into a projection of my mind.

This is a picture of the northern wall of my studio.  It’s very important to cover your workspace with imagery from your world so that you feel like you’re living inside of it.  You have to eat, sleep, and breathe in this world – otherwise it won’t seem as rich and wonderful to others.  I hung old paintings, drawings, icons, thumbnail sketches, quotes, liquor labels, reference posters, magazine clippings, trinkets, animal skulls, and other inspiring paraphernalia in this cerebral sphere.  I foraged for every little napkin scrap and notepad page on which I had ever scratched a fleeting idea or sketch.  I glued most of these down in my sketchbooks.  I posted the others on my dry-erase board calendar, where I scheduled every month, down to the day, in accordance with my manuscript agenda.

On to the writing phase…


~ by jsideriadis on September 24, 2011.

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