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Fan Art Highlight – Heath Lewis

Dauger 2 by Heath Lewis
Dauger 2 by Heath Lewis

In my discussion with readers the subject of the dauger has come up a lot. They seem to be a favorite race in The Stars Were Right and there is a great deal of fascination surrounding their culture, their masks, and what lies underneath. With that sort of interest already in the community I was stoked to see illustrator Heath Lewis take a crack at how he perceives the dauger. His drawings of the masks, the subtle art-deco flair, the rendering of the metal, are not only amazingly well done, but a really cool envisioning of the race.

Dauger 1 by Heath Lewis
Dauger 1 by Heath Lewis

Along with those character explorations, Heath has also done a few more illustrations of the various styles of masks as well. I really like seeing these side by side. Which is your favorite?

Dauger Masks by Heath Lewis
Dauger Masks by Heath Lewis

Okay… there’s also one last thing: If you have finished The Stars Were Right, then I would also encourage you to take a look at his drawing of the villain. It’s kind of spoilery so to be safe I am going to hide it behind a link, but it’s seriously amazing: CHECK IT OUT HERE.

Seeing creations like this is one of the things I love most about being a storyteller.  I might write the words but it’s the imagination of the readers that make them real. A heartfelt thanks to Heath for spending his time doing this. You can see more of his work at his project Wowley Heck, or contact him at: heathlewis.com. He is available for freelance work, and is always looking for commissions, so consider him if you’re looking for illustrations on your own project. The man has serious skills.

So what do you think? Does Heath’s vision of the dauger match with the dauger in your mind? Would you draw them differently? Are they perfect as-is? Hash it out in the comments! I’d love to hear what you think.

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Do you have some fan art you want to share? I’m going to keep highlighting art from The Stars Were Right fans and readers and would love to share it with everyone! If you have any fan art submissions please email them to me at: hello@kmalexander.com with the subject line: “Stars Fan Art Highlight.” Include any links to a website showing your work so I can share that as well and let me know if people can buy your piece/prints/etc.

John Kenn’s Monsters

This work is just way too awesome not to show you guys. Make sure you click to see it all enormous. It’s incredibly detailed and a little bit creepy. Check out more of John Kenn’s work here. He has an Edward Gorey vibe I really dig.

Unititled by Don Kenn
Unititled by Don Kenn

Okay, now back to work…

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Visual Inspiration: Gustavo Mendonca

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I love cityscapes. Those of you who have read “The Stars Were Right” will know instantly why I am attracted to these concept pieces by Gustavo Mendonca for the now canceled Star Wars 1313 video game. There’s something in these three pieces that captures a seedy and gritty part of a sci-fi city while still remaining grounded and feeling like people live there. (Something missing from the prequels, if you ask me.) It’s a shame this game will never get to see the light of day. These even more over on Gustavo Mendonca’s portfolio I would encourage you to take a look. As always click any of the following to see them larger:

Star Wars 1313 Street Detail by Gustavo Mendonca
Star Wars 1313 Street Detail by Gustavo Mendonca
Star Wars 1313 Alley by Gustavo Mendonca
Star Wars 1313 Alley by Gustavo Mendonca
Star Wars 1313 Alley II by Gustavo Mendonca
Star Wars 1313 Alley II by Gustavo Mendonca

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Fan Art Highlight – Sean Cumiskey

The Shopkeep and the Umbra by Sean Cumiskey
“The Shopkeep and the Umbra” by Sean Cumiskey

Do yourself a favor and click on the image above or click here and see this illustration larger. It needs to be see at full resolution. This piece of fan art comes from Sean Cumiskey and is entitled “The Shopkeep and the Umbra” and as you can see it’s incredible.

His attention to detail within this piece is astounding and the charcoal style really captures the mood of the prologue. (Which you can read right over here.) Note the reverse name of “Russel & Sons Optics” in the window, the way the umbra is holding the straight razor, the details and highlights in Thad’s eyes, and even the rain on the windows. It’s so well done!

Huge thanks to Sean! I love seeing readers artistic interpretations of Stars. Make sure you check out more of Sean’s work at his website: seancumiskey.com. Sean is also available for freelance projects and commissions. As you can see he’s incredibly talented.

Here’s a video showing how he created this scene. Make sure you view it full screen and in HD:


Let me know what you think of “The Shopkeep and the Umbra” in the comments! Does it match with your imagination? What’s your favorite part?

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I’m going to keep highlighting art from “The Stars Were Right” fans and readers and sharing it with everyone! If you have any fan art submissions please email them to me at: hello@kmalexander.com with the subject line: “Stars Fan Art Highlight.” Include any links to a website showing your work so I can share that as well and let me know if people can buy your piece/prints/etc.

Art Highlight: Josh Montreuil

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The above image (click to see it larger) comes from my best friend and one of my favorite illustrators: Josh Montreuil. Last Christmas my wife commissioned him to draw the cast of “The Stars Were Right” as a surprise gift for me and he did a fantastic job. Wouldn’t you agree?

As writer I love seeing the different ways people interpret these characters. I posted this piece before, and as I said last year there’s a lot going on that I really like: Wal’s tattoos, to Samantha’s robes, Josh’s take on Wensem, and even the details in the world around the cast: from the open sewer to the strange writing on the storefront window.

Josh Montreuil is available for commissions, check out more of his work at his blog.

I really want this to become a weekly series. So I plan on starting to highlight art from “The Stars Were Right” fans and readers and sharing it with all of you! If you have any submissions please email them to me at: hello@kmalexander.com with the subject line: “Stars Art Highlight.” Include any links to a website showing your work so I can share that as well and let me know if people can buy your piece/prints/etc.

The art of Allen Williams

Hollie and The Death of Trees by AllenWilliams
Hollie and The Death of Trees by Allen Williams

As many of you may know I am heavily influenced by art. I have a whole slew of Pinterest boards set up to organize things I find that inspire me for my various projects. So from time to time I want to share artists I have discovered with the hope that you will also be inspired.

The other day I was introduce to Allen Williams art and I absolutely love it. Working in graphite and mixed media his pieces are as beautiful and bizarre as they are stunning and scary. It’s a wonderful mix of H.P. Lovecraft and H. R. Giger with the technical expertise of M.C. Escher. There’s enough reality in his work that most viewers will find something recognizable, but he forces the viewer outside their comfort zone by twisting what is recognizable into something otherworldly. That’s hard to do, and do well, and it’s impressive how well Williams does it.

Some of my favorite pieces:

To see more of his work take a look the rest of his site, also follow him on twitter, and add his blog to your favorite RSS reader. If you want his work grace your walls as well check out his store, he has quite a few originals and prints for sale.