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Thursday, December 30th, 2004

Here's part one of my 'catch up' material this weekend. I'll be discussing the dwellings of two of my characters, and how I came to arrive at these designs. I'll be starting with Leiske (see link at upper right for 'main project' for some short character sketches).

Briefly, Leiske is an artist and a free spirit, who resides at Bune station because it offers her structural materials with qualities unobtainable elsewhere. I knew from the beginning that Leiske would put much effort and thought into designing her residence. I was also aware that she would have put much more time and expertise into it than I could hope to fake. I made some desultory stabs at sketching a house for her, but I had a sense that I was likeliest to find a suitable design by working on other aspects of Bune and waiting for inspiration to hit. I could afford to take a lot of time in this sense.

Eventually, in a series of rough sketches which I've misplaced at present, I arrived at a design I felt happy with. Leiske's house is meant to resemble different things from different angles...

Leiske's house - side

From the side, the main section of the house recalls a ringed planet...

While from the end, it suggests a temple or church.

And from the top... I'll let you form your own conclusions for now. It will become more obvious as I work on the elongated section, which will eventually feature multiple tiers supported by columns, surrounding a long pool and fountain. (In this view, you can see in the landscape below a bit of my original sketch of an aerial view of Leiske's house. I'm using an overlay of my original Illustrator map to guide creation and placement of the buildings in Bryce.)

In the next entry, more on Toundier's house...

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