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"Wall Market" by Jordan Grimmer (B&W)

Visual Inspiration: Jordan Grimmer

A few days ago, my friend Michael pointed me in the direction of concept artist and illustrator Jordan Grimmer. He mentioned that a few of his pieces reminded him of Lovat, the city that is the central setting of my book, The Stars Were Right, so my interest was piqued. After seeing the work I can’t say I disagree. It’s pretty spectacular stuff and instantly got me in the mood to brainstorm, I knew I had to share his work.

There’s a lot to love here. Grimmer has a wide range of work ranging from the fantastical to the grounded. I love the moods he’s able to capture. Trains billow clouds of white smoke as they rush through cities, airships drift above titanic walls like fat clouds, and neon reflects off the wet streets of a buried neighborhood. It’s great stuff. Click on any of the images below to see them larger:

Train City by Jordan Grimmer
“Train City” by Jordan Grimmer
"Tyr City Walls" by Jordan Grimmer
“Tyr City Walls” by Jordan Grimmer
"Train Graveyard" by Jordan Grimmer
“Train Graveyard” by Jordan Grimmer

I especially liked these two pieces.

"Wall Market" by Jordan Grimmer
“Wall Market” by Jordan Grimmer
"Quick Photo Bash" by Jordan Grimmer
“Quick Photo Bash” by Jordan Grimmer

These images are just a fraction of Grimmer’s impressive body of work. See more on his portfolio site at http://www.jordangrimmer.co.uk, he’s also active on deviantART as well. What’s your favorite piece?

Visual Inspiration: Robin Olausson

The art of Robin Olausson

My buddy Darby shared concept artist Robin Olausson’s work with me and I had to post it here. It has that blend of grimy realism with a sharp pop of color that I absolutely love ( if you read Stars you’d know why.) Check out a few of Robin’s pieces below (click on them to see ’em bigger) or check out all his work over on his deviantART page. Good stuff.

Cargo District by Robin Olausson
Cargo District by Robin Olausson
King Tong Street YAO by Robin Olausson
King Tong Street YAO by Robin Olausson
Colors of a new Era by Robin Olausson
Colors of a new Era by Robin Olausson

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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Remember Me Concept Art

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Remember Me Concept Art

It’s been an eventful yet quiet week, a lot of hurry up and wait moments. I don’t have a lot of updates regarding Stars or Coal Belly, at least nothing I can talk about yet. So I have been looking for something else to share.

I saw these two pieces of concept art for an upcoming Dontnod Entertainment title called “Remember Me” and they were too good not to share. I love the layers – especially in the first one – creating a vertical labyrinth of humanity as it were.  There’s plenty more, if you want to see larger versions or continue exploring check out more of the Remember Me concept art here.

Imaginary vistas

Colour Demo 1 by Feng Zhu

Colour Demo 2 by Feng Zhu

Big fan of these two color demos from concept artist Feng Zhu. You can see a lot more at his site or blog. Someone please write a story that takes place in these worlds.

Feng Zhu has hi resolution versions HERE if you want to really get close. It’s amazing work.