Monday, 9 January 2012

Sometimes The Script Is Easier Than You Think...

One afternoon, late last year, I spent some small amount of time considering how to make a spaceship that resembled a severed head. I made a little sketch of an actual head to start me off, and went from there.

Two doodles later I thought to myself, "Hmmm, this isn't working, let's check out the script for more inspiration."

Upon rereading the scene, I found that writer Greg Meldrum didn't want me to make a spaceship that looked like a severed head, he wanted me to have an actual severed head floating about in space. Which is bizarrely easier to draw. Who would have guessed.


  1. I'd love to say that I know for sure where I got this 'floating severed head in space' idea from or what it means. I increasingly (and retrospectively) think it was inspired by a Gary Larson cartoon in which the crew of the USS Enterprise encounter the giant floating head of Zsa Zsa Gabor. 'Shields up, Mr. Scott!'

  2. @Greg: I know the cartoon you mean! Cheers for following along with my posts, it definitely adds value to them. Once the thing has been released into the world, I think I will succumb to the need to write up a big self-indulgent designers notes post.

    @Don: Good to know it has an impact, thanks! This is possibly the least creepy thing in the whole strip, so hopefully your interest is now fully piqued!