I started working on Limbo of the Lost, although it wasn’t called that at first, in October of 2015. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to paint yet so I went to the library for inspiration. I checked out three books on three different topics that interested me.
The Bermuda Triangle book by Charles Berlitz, was published in 1974, which made it very interesting to see the ideas people came up with to explain a mystery, before they had the technology we do today.
It’s no secret that the Bermuda Triangle is the location of many disappearing ships and planes. Your explanation for these events probably depends on how weird you are. Of course, we can all say there is some scientific reason, bad weather, faulty instruments. But, isn’t it more fun to say it’s something unexplained?
I let all of the different explanations for the Bermuda Triangle marinate in my brain until January. I primarily thought about aliens, ancient civilizations, magnetic disturbances, and deep sea creatures. The Deep book helped me with images of deep sea ocean life, like the anglerfish. I continued to research the phenomenon of the Bermuda Triangle which led me to a character I had already created, a deep sea diver.
The story centered around the diver who travels by sea to an area in the Bermuda Triangle. It wasn’t until I started sketching my thoughts that the story started to take shape.
Then I did some idea mapping and had too many ideas. This happens to me a lot and is the part where I usually feel stuck. It's not so much that I'm not actually stuck, It's more so that I'm overwhelmed.
To get past the overwhelming feeling of too many ideas I I focused on the actual story.
It’s the summer of 1960. A man, who just so happens to be a diver, travels to the clear waters of the Bahamas on a cruise ship. He employs a charter to take him out to the deepest point in search of the infamous ship, USS Cyclops, that disappeared in 1918 with 309 crew members on board. A man who sets out to solve one of the greatest mysteries of his time finds himself trapped, at the mercy of the sea, in Limbo of the Lost.
I'm Jackie, an artist, illustrator, and friend to ghosts, monsters, and aliens. This blog is full of DIY projects, stories, and things I think are cool. Stay weird.