Skip to main content

The Octopode Reaction


A reenactment on the seventieth anniversary of the actions carried out by the Octopode society and other radical revolutionaries when they carried out a concerted though ultimately unsuccessful attack on the National Convention.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

A Year of 50 Books- Part Three (35-50)

Here is the final part of the reviews. Please find part one here, and part two over here


A year of 50 books - Part One (1-15)

Illustrating the darkest black (aka the Gene Wolfe problem)

The brilliant and often underappreciated writer Gene Wolfe coined the world 'Fuligin'.

'Furthermore, the hue fuligin, which is darker than black, admirably erases all folds, bunchings, and gatherings so far as the eye is concerned, showing only a featureless dark.' - The Shadow of The Torturer, 1980.

The good people of Alzabo Soup in their commentary about the book talked about how the book covers failed to convey the concept of the darkest black - a shade so dark that it reflects no light. Here are two front covers of the book. One of them is more abstract than the other. In the more realistic illustration below, one can make out the dimensions and folds of the cloak. In doing this, the illustrator probably chose to represent the phemonemon of darkest black in more relatable terms and let the text guide the imagination of the reader.


In my rather crude paintover, I eliminated all the folds and presented the cloak as experienced by viewers. However, pursuing this option …