World-Building, Week Four - Costumes


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.


Some sketches for working men's clothing.


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 Two - Landmarks

paigecarpenter_thumbs_sheet2 A few thumbnail sketches for the Bifrost, the Rainbow Bridge from Asgard to the realms below, and Idunn's Grove.

I originally had the gate to the Bifrost built underneath the lighthouse, but I decided that design wasn't working.  The gate wasn't big enough to support the massive lighthouse, which is supposed to be the tallest tower in Asgard.  So I split the two apart.


Here's a more finished concept.  I haven't done much design involving architecture until now, but I'm discovering that I really enjoy it.  I really like this piece and I'm planning to paint it at some point.

A few notes from Sean Murray's lecture on designing landmarks:

-Well-known landmarks in our own world often have very recognizable silhouettes (i.e., Eiffel Tower, Giza Pyramids, World Trade Center).  Play around with simple shapes and silhouettes-- both pleasing and disturbing.

-How does the environment (ocean, mountains, swamp) affect the design of the landmark?

-Sometimes landmarks are built around the remains of older landmarks, bits of walls or columns from earlier civilizations.

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:


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:


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."