Art Intersections

Hi, everyone. Yes I know I promised, but I still haven’t managed to get the photos from the pistols and parasols ball at Genrecon onto the same computer so I can upload them. I will though – next week!

In the mean time, having been laterally inspired by the convention last weekend, I have been thinking about how different types of art can inspire each other.

The first time I saw an illustration inspired by one of my stories I could hardly describe the feeling – I think honoured would be the closest, probably followed by awed – that another creative person would be inspired enough by my own ramblings to produce another piece of art.

The first illustration in this vein was inspired by my story The Buggy Plague, which was an action/survival story set on Mars. It was a two-page sketch, with the central character Chas in her skin-tight biosuit in the Martian dust before the approaching bulk of an Assembly and Service Unit, whose rogue AI was directing a swarm of exploration buggies forward like its own personal army. For that I owe thanks to the editor of Orb, Sarah Henderson, who also commissioned artwork for my story The Cook (which surprisingly enough was about the escape from intergalactic slavery by a group of humans cherry-picked from Earth during different epochs – although the key character was actually a celebrity cook working for the alien slavemasters).

Art endlessly inspires itself – books to films, books to music, music and fine art back to fiction and poetry.

I remember reading the introduction in Duke Elric by Michael Moorcock. I was surprised to learn he was involved with music in the 1970s and how fiction inspired so much of what they did, particularly lyrically. It put me in mind of so much of the classic 70s rock – Rush, Led Zeppelin etc – that was often inspired by Fantasy fiction. The Battle of Evermore comes to mind.

What are your favourite Art Instersections? What other forms of art inspire you? Or better yet, how has your work inspired others?

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