Shoom’lah is a portmanteau of two words in D’ni, the language from the MYST franchise- shooth, meaning “death,” and m’lah, meaning “lizard.” So I guess it means “Death Lizard” or “Lizard of Death” or “Ew it’s a dead lizard don’t touch it” or something comparable.
I came up with the name when I was trying to design creatures for my own Myst age back in 2000 (the Shoom’lah was some semi-aquatic reptile that was an omen of death), and when I needed a screenname in the now-defunct Rivenguild forums I went with that. I can honestly say I didn’t expect it to stick, especially not for eleven years.
And, if you’re curious, my drawings of the actual shoom’lah creature over the years:
I’ve gotten three or four asks about this recently, so it seems as good a time as any to reblog this sucker. FOURTEEN YEARS STILL GOIN’ STRONG
Haha that’s just the name of my blog! My actual name is Claire Hummel, hidden down there in the blog description.
I went with Ligne Claire as a blog name since it does double duty as 1. a French comics style that I adore, and 2. a pun on the fact that I’m an artist, named Claire, who does a lot of clean linework. :)
the surrealistic adventure that will become your world
Got any questions about world-building as it relates to illustration? General? Specific? Put ‘em in the ask box: http://sbosma.tumblr.com/ask
I think I’m gonna write a post about it, but I’d love to hear what people are curious about as jumping-off points. Can be about specific images I’ve made or about the practice in general. I don’t really do this stuff too often, but I’ve gotten several questions and it’s something I like talking about.
Sam Bosma is gonna be answering questions about world-building in illustration! This is something I would love to write about, but in the meantime I’m just gonna sit and listen to Sam because why wouldn’t I
I don’t… I don’t know what you’re talking about