The Five-Year Mark
January 2019, marks five years running for this Page. It's hard for me to believe it's been that long since I started sharing sci-fi art online. I want to thank everyone for their support over the years, especially those that regularly take the time to share their thoughts and comments. It's interesting to see what type of artwork generates the most buzz and how the concepts are perceived. As a writer, that kind of understanding goes a long way, helping me choose which details to focus on, as well as which concepts have a strong enough foundation in the average sci-fi lover's mind to leverage and avoid giving the reader too much unnecessary detail or exposition. In fact, I've learned so much from our engagement that if it weren't for the comments and messages I receive from people conveying how much they like the artwork, I'd feel a bit guilty for facilitating such a lopsided relationship. Again, thank you all for your support and sharing your ideas and thoughts.
Let me say right now that this isn't leading to a goodbye. The Page isn't going anywhere anytime soon. However, I do believe it's time for it evolve a bit. It was always my intent to use this Page, and my website, not just to share sci-fi art in general, but to share the kind of art that inspires me to write science fiction—the images and concepts that excite my Muse and play like an motion picture in my head, despite being a still snapshot of a single moment in time. If you follow this Page and read my novel, or any of the short stories on my website, I think you'd have a really good foundation for visualizing many of the details you encounter in my fiction. Does it help the reading? I'd like to think so—that an under-realized (and definitely underutilized) synergy exist between written works and the visual opportunities offered by the web—and it's something I'd like to explore going forward.
So what does all this mean for the Page? Well, over the next month or so, expect to see a slow shift in the type of artwork being shared. Of course everything will continue to be sci-fi focused, but with more emphasis on fictional worldbuilding. With each image, I'll try to explain what drew me in and why I saved it to my worldbuilding library, inviting others to share their thoughts. The goal of this shift is two-fold. First and foremost, to give prospective readers a sense of how my imagination works and the type of sci-fi I like to create. And second, to share and discuss worldbuilding and concept development with others creators and fans of science fiction.
In addition to the normal image shares, I also intended to create more content in long form, like the links below from past postings, as well as getting back to sharing some of the excellent sci-fi short films that are being made and distributed online.
Basically, things are changing a bit, not much, but enough that you might notice and wonder where the Page is going, so I thought I'd take minute to post a quick update in advance. Hope you like the new direction and content. And thanks for the support over the last five years.