Talking art, books, and synesthesia with illustrator and artist of Viel of the Dragon
This month I visited Norman OK, with the primary goal of attending a consortia on surfactants run by chemical engineering professors at Oklahoma University (IASR). I am not the only scientist attending who has an artistic side; in fact Professor John Scamehorn has ventured into producing film (he is leading a steampunk web series no less, due out in late 2015).
Over some Starbuck's coffee we discussed art, writing, and disease. Of course, my own series fictionalizes the alchemical humors, posing them as a source of necromancy; an imbalance of humors was called a Dyscrasia (a word popular in 1880).
Tom, ever fascinated with sensing strange/beautiful things, discussed Synesthezia. This ailment is a modern one, and refers to a secondary stimulus of senses. For instance, a subset is called Chromesthesia, in which listening to sounds will trigger recoloring of whatever is being viewed by eye: one could be looking at a white wall and it would change to red or blue as certain music is played. Great material for magic/fantasy! I can't wait to see how Tom translates his insights.
Tom has a wonderful illustrated, poetic series that begins with
Veil of the Dragon (reviewed May 2014). He is just now releasing an audio book voiced by Neil Hellegers. Check out the below video trailer. If you like dark, poetic fantasy, you'll enjoy this.