Creating the Titan

One of the reasons I started creating my own cover art for my own stories is becasue up until now I’ve taken a lot of other art from off the internet. This often has the result of really annoying people. It also means I’m not using what’s really in my head. Because of this and becasue I’m re-writing my Titan Mystery Story I thought that it’s own cover art was really needed.

Those of you who saw my first cover art post Creating my own Universe saw that I have discovered a neat little way to go from pencil to computer graphics. The reason for this – I cannot doodle and create from scratch from a computer. At least not yet.

So I started with a crappy sketch.



Then scanned this and brought it in, messed about and changed some more to create a sketch that was what I wanted after changing my mind more than a few times.



Filled in colours, textures, rendering etc etc to come up with this. What this depicts is a close view of the side of the hull, I wanted to try and give an impression of immensity. I’m not sure I’ve got it totally right, but I’m fairly pleased with the result. From this I’ve been able to create some cover art to replace pictures on here and have something for Wattpad.

I’m fairly pleased with the result I have to say and I’m starting to get the hang of it all, it’s just remembering it and give it a few more tries I might actually be pretty good. Who knows?


Learn How to Draw a Vision Map to better sell your ideas

via Want to Get Better at Selling Others on Your Ideas? Learn How to Draw a

I loved this, saw it and I had to share it! Ayse Birsel shows us all how to use her drawing Alphabet to help us sell visually.

He alphabet is here:

My vision-drawing alphabet

Simple geometric shapes: Circles, squares, rectangles, triangles, and cubes are simple shapes that can depict an area or category.

1 circle with a word in it: Depicts something central to your idea or concept.

2 circles overlapping: Intersection of two ideas. The intersection is the “sweet spot.” This is my favorite way of showing dichotomy resolution.

3 circles overlapping: Intersection of three ideas, or a trifecta.

2 lines drawn at 90-degree angles to each other: A graph. I use this to show the relation of one thing to another over time.

2 lines intersecting in the middle: 4 quadrants. I use this to depict 4 quadrants of emotion, physical, intellect and spirit.

2 words and an arrow between them: One thing becoming something else. Arrows can also depict direction, movement or the future.

Infinity sign: I use this to show a continuous feedback loop, like “give and take”.

Equal/unequal symbols: When used between 2 words, they summarize how things are alike or dissimilar. Other math symbols, like +, x, < and >, are also useful.

A stick figure or a smiley: A person. As simple as it sounds, adding a person connects the idea to users and humanizes it.

A stick figure in a circle: Depicts being user-centered.

Circle with a diagonal line over a word/symbol: Something that is banned or unwanted.

Simple icons: Heart for emotion, ying and yang for spirit, dollar sign for money, messy scribble for complication…



The full article is below – read it!

Vision Map |

Author, Design the Life You Love
No ownership claimed on work or article – Credit to and Ayse Birshel




Minecraft is brilliant! My son has been playing on Minecraft for sometime now, he’s been watching the Stampy Cat YouTube channel and he’s really into it. For the first time I can say he’s showing a real interest in something. This is causing other problems with homework and the like, but let’s gloss over that for now.

I’ve looked at him playing on it on my tablet and I’ve not really understood too much about it. Until a few days ago when I bought him the Xbox 360 version of the game and have sat there watching him play it. ( Well, he’s actually insisted I play the game with him) Wow is all I can say! If you don’t know much about it, look it up. I’ve been hearing about adults as well as children entering the Minecraft world and i can see why. You can create your own world out of what are mainly blocks of different materials, you can make lakes of water and lava, you can make tools, beds, weapons. You can hunt or grow your food and cook it. There monsters to look out for like creepers, zombies, huge spiders and the like. The sun rises and sets about every 15 to 20 minutes, it rains and snows. It’s like real life lived in a creative way in a virtual world.

What I found really cool was that I could build a house underwater or high in the sky, suspended on nothing. The Minecraft world is one of creative imagination, the possibilities are almost limitless. I find that when I play the game with my son I’m limited too much by time and to some degree my own imagination. But I’ve done some pretty cool things, not as cool as my son of course who has learned from Stampy how to make portals to the Nether world and how to find and defeat the Nether Dragon. Seriously, it keeps getting better as you discover the other layers within.

Why am I selling Minecraft like this? I don’t have shares, believe me. But, the the creative person out there looking for something different, I would give it a try. My son has never been into anything for very long – weeks at best Minecraft has captured his imagination and it continues too, you never know you might curse me later because it might capture yours too.

Simon 🙂