An exciting steampunk idea has jumped into my head, and I have to say I’m having a lot of fun with it. The basic premise of it is the life of Crewman Ezra Wilde on board the Dreadnought, a massive military dirigible. Now, the idea of this post isn’t to tell you about the story. It’s actually about how a simple sketch helped me.
This sketch, to be exact:
You’ll have to forgive me, drawing is not something I’m proficient at. AT ALL. However, this sketch really helped me to visualize what the Dreadnought is, and how the crewmen get around the ship. Aside from having various bridges inside the envelope of the ship, there are Lines, which are essentially heavy ropes that connect to the Nose bridge, and three exit hatches (Although it appears I forgot to label the one by the rear gondola). The crew members can then use these lines to climb around the dirigible to handle repairs, or to climb around on top of the dirigible during attacks to perhaps engage with any assailants from a different angle.
I’ve heard from a few others that making sketches can help a writer to visualize a character or, in this case, an airship, and I have to say I absolutely agree.
Have you ever sketched anything to get a visualization, or to gain perspective on a character, setting, or object?