16 of 365 – The Back Staircase


“The staircase from the dormitory led down into the materials room. The extra yarns, tools and maintenance equipment were stored there. The stairs were worn with time, but didn’t creak; the weavery was well taken care of. Turning right, around the stairs, a sturdy door led out to the eating area and beyond that, the kitchen. The door had to fit quite well of course, for the smells of the kitchen would have all of the garments smelling of beef stew before they were treated!”

~A Weaver’s Apprentice’s Memoir

12 of 365 – Weavery Diagram


Working on the diagram for the weavery layout. It’s fun planning a murder mystery. I’ve been reading Hayao Miyazaki’s Starting Point. There’s one passage where he talks about creativity happening while you’re creating the idea. But once the theme has been decided, you have to make choices that serve the path you’ve chosen. The time for creativity is over.

I see this idea play out often. This layout had to be redone so that the door placement can serve the mystery plot. And even beyond that, I had to think of a reason why one door would be used and not the other.

It’s by no means complete of course, seeing that there aren’t any bathrooms for one thing, and it is subject to change, but now I get to doodle some glam shots to show to a friend so she can choose the proper foliage for me.

2 of 365: Weavery; or Relearning the Art of Sketching

Journey Day 2
The city would have been overrun by massive rivers had it not been cut into a criss-cross of canals. The canal walls are crafted out of a falcilte compound and are extremely resistant to erosion.

A few weeks ago I went on an urban sketching event. It was a weekend full of sketching and I have to say… I’ve completely forgotten how to sketch. My sketchbook is filled with the preparation work for finished drawings that have no destiny. I’ve been making things that would look good in a post or a compilation, rather than just… sketching! I’m now trying to let my sketches be sketches and my final drawings be drawings.