Idunn - Drawing

idunn_drawing_pcarpenter Ivaldi's Youngest Daughter. Pencil & white pastel on toned paper, 14.5" x 11".

In the dales dwells, the prescient Dís, from Yggdrasil's ash sunk down, of elven race, Idun by name, the youngest of Ivaldi's elder children. -Hrafnagaldr Óðins, Benjamin Thorpe's translation

The apples of youth grow in Idunn's orchard. Her apples give the Aesir their immortality-- without the apples, even Odin begins to wither and die. No wonder everyone in the Nine Realms covets her fruit.

The drawing for my current SmArt School assignment. I'll be painting over this in acryla gouache.

Helblindi - Sketchbook

helblindi_small_paigecarpenter Helblindi, brother of Loki.  One of the jötnar (giants).

Over the past few weeks I have:

-gotten a sinus infection

-packed up and moved from Florida to Texas

-gotten a stomach virus (much coughing & vomiting ensued)

This is the second year in a row I've been ill or injured on Christmas. Not my favorite sort of seasonal tradition. A belated Merry Christmas to everyone, and a Happy New Year!

World-Building, Week Four - Costumes

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Costumes of Asgard, for Sean Murray's World-Building class.

Healer ceremonial garb. The Sisters of Mercy are an all-female order who use both medicine and magic. For ceremonies they paint a red slash across their eyes in honor of the founder of their order, who healed blindness with her tears.

Farmer festival clothing. The men of Asgard like to collect trophies: furs from hunts, gold won at the gambling tables, cloth embroidered by a sweetheart, etc. Strength is more respected than class. A strong farmer will be honored. A weak nobleman will find himself despised.

Noble lady's dress. The nobility import new fashion styles from the lower realms (invention and creativity is not a trait often found in Asgard.) Ladies often keep small pets. Lockets worn on the bodice hold scented herbs or locks of a lover's hair.

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Some sketches for working men's clothing.

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Where is week three's assignment, you say? Week three is not yet finished, due to a bout of the flu and the fact that my parents are packing to move halfway across the country.

World-Building, Week One - Maps

Maps were the focus during the first week of Sean Murray's World-Building Class. I've always loved maps. Behold the first map I ever created, probably around the age of seven:

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This was a map of the imaginary neighborhood my friend and I invented. It's very well-preserved because I stuck it to a piece of cardboard and laminated with scotch tape.

Since we lived about half an hour away from each other, we couldn't get together in person as often as we would have liked. So we "played" for hours over the telephone, narrating the adventures of our characters, Sara and Little Calf.

Little Calf was a calf. Sara was a horse. And they had various adventures that involved wasting fevers and haircuts because I had read too many Victorian children's novels.

My map-making skills have improved since then:

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This map is for a book project based on Norse mythology. At the moment, the book has no title, so I'm temporarily calling it "Norseness," or "The Norseness."

Working Titles

My brilliant new writing schedule is working so far.  Here's a quick update on my current projects: WWII Manuscript :  Finished.  181,000 words.  (Yikes, it's long.)

Still out making the rounds with agents.   This novel is an odd animal, so I'm expecting it to be hard to place with an agent/publisher.   Traditional publishing is a long process.   Working title: Jacob Have I Loved.  (Yes, I know there's already a book by this title.)

Vampires Manuscript : In Progress.  25,500 words so far.

Vampires, Manhattan, and musical theatre.

This sucker is moving along now that I have a writing schedule that works.  I've been writing bits and pieces of this novel since I was in high school.  Serious frustration has led me to seriously considered scrapping this project, but guilt keeps me committed.  Working title: The Majestic.  (Look!  A movie already used this title. )

Norse!Quest : In Progress.

I'm writing this on the weekends to reward myself for surviving another week of writing about vampires.   Odin, Thor and Loki go on adventures.  And Ragnarok happens.   Also that time Loki had the brilliant idea of putting Thor in a wedding dress to get Thor's stolen hammer back.

Here, have an Odin:

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Brothers

I'm headed to the IMC again this year.  (YES!!)  One of the illustration assignments is an action sequence involving vikings or Norse mythology.  I don't usually paint muscley men in combat, so I want to give it a shot.  I've also been on a Norse mythology kick recently, triggered by the recently released trailer for Thor 2.  (Loki's HAIR.) In the Norse tales, Loki and Thor were not brothers, though they behaved a lot like brothers.  One was always dragging the other along on some wild quest, and someone (usually Loki) had to get them out of whatever mess Thor's impetuosity caused.

At some point the two became enemies, or rather, Loki became everyone's enemy.  Either way.  At the end of the world, at Ragnarok, Loki will fight on the side of the monsters and the dead, and Thor on the side of men and the gods.

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I did a lot of quick sketches from combat videos on Youtube.  On the right, Loki with his dagger.  On the left, Thor with Mjölnir.  I'm debating about whether a one-handed or two-handed hammer is cooler.

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But I don't want to go completely action-scene-muscley-men-fighting.  The real tension in this battle is bitter, venomous hatred-- and any lingering love.  After all, one of Thor's kennings in mythology is "he who has compassion for Loki," and one of Loki's is "friend of Thor."

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Another sketch for Loki, casting fire.