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IEEE’s cover story about me from 1994 – found online as a PDF

Filed under Found on the Web, Works in Progress

"The Forge", a 16 color image from 1988

I’ve just run across this PDF version of an article about me from the July 1994 issue of the IEEE’s magazine IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications. There are a few little inaccuracies in there (there always are) but on the whole Karen Whitehouse did a pretty creditable job of trying to make sense of me and my work.

My apologies for the quality of these images: they’re taken from the PDF, which was scanned from the magazine.

The picture above (adjusted here to correct its aspect ratio) was an example of a dithering technique I used in the late 1980’s, using just 16 colors to create the illusion of a much broader palette. I never used it for anything that was published – except in this article, I guess – and the technique had already become obsolete by the time the article appeared. Still, that’s one of the things I’m proudest of from my early days in computer graphics. Dan Silva, the programmer of EA’s Deluxe Paint, sort of shook his head in disbelief when I showed him how it worked.

Study (1993) by Bradley W. Schenck

At left you can see a concept image for a game project that might have followed The Labyrinth of Time, had we come to terms with EA or another publisher. I recall what we meant to do, and how we meant to do it, so I have a feeling that we’d have bogged down on the new character methods we had in mind. Character heads would have been scanned from clay models, and what I didn’t fully dread at that time was how messy and unusable those 3D scans would have been.

Still… it sure would have been neat.

For myself what astonishes me about the interview is that even though (I think) we conducted it over the telephone I seem to have managed complete sentences and a couple of quips.

 
 
Cover for Lawrence Watt-Evans’ Vika’s Avenger

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Cover for Vika's Avenger

Lawrence Watt-Evans has posted this to his Facebook page, and I guess that means I can post it too, now. Here’s the cover illustration for his Kickstarter-funded Vika’s Avenger.

I’m working on the interior illustrations now. They’ll be a lot like the illustrations I did for Starship Sofa Stories; they’re rendered in the same way I do my full color work but – of course – in greyscale, and I’m aiming for a kind of open layout, with the images enclosing the text, that I hope is something like those wonderful old illustrations by Virgil Finlay and others back in the age of magazines.

Like these two, I mean:

Illustrations for Starship Sofa Stories

This ought to keep me stapled to my desk for the next few weeks. I don’t mind: I really like working on books. The style of the book layout here will be a lot like what I planned for my next Thrilling Tales book, which is still in a state of primal chaos.

 
 
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