Today I am going to discuss using text messages as an art form.
Olivia (Year of the Numen) has a lot going on in her life which she keeps to herself. Because of the format, I have to write short, compelling conversations. This will force me, as the author, to not get side tracked for too long into these side stories and yet fill in some background about the main characters. I plan to sprinkle the text of the story with snippets of Olivia’s text exchanges.
“It looks like one of those black magic symbols,” Ruby chimed in. “I suppose it does,” Olivia answered, “but it’s not. It’s just a tool.” “For what?” asked Miguel. “Ruby’s right. It looks like witchy Voodoo stuff. You shouldn’t mess with it.”
[Author’s Note: This is an excerpt from the Year of the Numen]
Synopsis: On the threshold of old age, Avery and Olivia renewed their friendship after thirty years. Due to scheduling conflicts, they find themselves calling each other during Olivia’s morning excursion by shuttle to her new job. Over time, the regulars on the shuttle become involved in their daily conversation.
“What is that,” Steve asked, looking down at Olivia’s phone.
“It’s a visual representation of a memory palace – what we’ve been talking about all this time.”
“How do you use it?” he asked.
“We’re still working out the details. I’ll show you when we’re done.”
“It looks like one of those black magic symbols,” Ruby chimed in.
“I suppose it does,” Olivia answered, “but it’s not. It’s just a tool.”
“For what?” asked Miguel. “Ruby’s right. It looks like witchy Voodoo stuff. You shouldn’t mess with it.”
I accidentally overwrote this post, so I am reposting the photos and will try to fill in the instructions as I wrote them.
I was interested in the little leaves I’ve seen in in Henna designs. They are formed by starting a distance away from the vine. Below I drew a step-out for you to follow.
This is the design I drew using the leaves. I found a similar pattern online looking through henna pictures.
Then I took a cell phone photo of it and cleaned it up in Photoshop. Below is the inverse picture which is also pretty. After cleaning it up, I saved it as a jpeg file and imported into Artrage where I added the colors above using the fill tool to create the final image (first photo in post).
So, even a little doodle like this can add interest to your posts – sometimes less is more.
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