Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Hooders.


I was looking for some simple way to illustrate what a hooder looks like and came up with some handy ideas. Take a human spine and graft a horseshoe crab on the end of it, and you're about there. I mean, take a look at this and imagine it ten times bigger and slamming down on top of you.



Also, whilst looking at human spines, I found this. Just remove the pelvis and the light bulb and you've got the general shape of a hooder.



Righto, I've just finished working backwards through The Technician and am now further tidying, also writing those chapter starts: 'How It Is -- by Gordon', 'From a Speech by Jobsworth' etc.

15 comments:

Michael Stone said...

"...imagine it ten times bigger and coming down on top of you."

I'd rather not, thank you, Neal. :)

Larry said...

That is one cool looking lamp!!

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

How IT Is. hope to read lots of "it"s in this next one.

ever seen this footage of actual early hooders spotted not far from where we all live? at 1:37:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d76fiWRobU4

Friso said...

I've always imagined the Prador as looking like horseshoe crabs.

Neal Asher said...

But Michael, that's what I ask you to do in my books!

Larry, yeah, but I wouldn't want it in my house.

Vaude, I enjoyed that clip - some cool life forms there. I might nick that floating lens thing.

Glad to hear that, Friso. I see them clearly enough in my mind but always wonder, as with all my beasts, if my descriptions are good enough.

Neal Asher said...

Of course those considering entering the ART COMPETITION should take note of this. If you don't know about this, scroll down and click through the SUBMINDS link.

Graeme said...

Are there bigger versions of the cover art for Orbus available?

Do you have descriptions of the creatures, ships and worlds available in snippet form that could be posted on subminds, not dissimilar to the "how it excerpts" rather than having to re-read all the books again?

I appreciate that this is cheeky and lazy, but it would help budding artists. For instance I would not have drawn a hooder with the Lamina part of the spinal column projecting up, I would have drawn somthing more similar to a Centipede but with a Trapezoid shell (elevation ways), ringed about with the red eye dots, the mouth parts and manipulators though, Horseshoe crab all the way, but maybe lots more leggy bits for rotating and dissecting.

It has to be said the Polity needs an illistrated encyclopedia, to be fair it just needs an encyclopedia.

Graeme said...

What I mean is a bigger better encyclopedia, out side of the Excerpts from Gordon and Co.

Neal Asher said...

Already have posted that stuff to Subminds, Graeme.

vaudeviewgalor raandisisraisins said...

"Lamina part of the spinal column projecting up, I would have drawn somthing more similar to a Centipede"

ditto.

Bernard T said...
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Bernard T said...

Hi Neal, recently I walked into a bookstore and on a whim bought a copy of "The Gabble and other stories" with no previous knowledge of you or your style,and I must say I am now a major fan of your work.I shall be eagerly searching for or ordering your other works too. I just had to express that after (again on a whim) googling "Hooder" and ending up here haha! I have a good picture in my mind of a Hooder now.

Thanks and Regards

Bernard.

Neal Asher said...

Hi, Bernard, glad you liked The Gabble! More on them here: http://freespace.virgin.net/n.asher/page3.html and here http://freespace.virgin.net/n.asher/page70.html

Neal Asher said...

Incidentally, comments on posts older than two weeks are emailed to me for vetting so as to keep down on the spam, hence the delay.

Bernard T said...

Cool, and hey I deleted my first comment as at the time of posting I thought it didn't work and so wrote another one,hence the similar comment double up.