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Sebastien Ecosse

Visual Inspiration: Sebastien Ecosse

Recently, as I’ve been ramping up my research for Book IV of the Bell Forging Cycle, I came across the work of illustrator Sebastien Ecosse. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of genre and concept art, longtime readers will immediately understand why Ecosse’s work stands out for me.

I was first drawn in by his landscapes, his cityscapes in particular. They’re layered, rich, and beautifully textured. Places of light and shadows. You can almost feel the humid air against your skin, smell the mix of bizarre aromas, and hear the tapestry of sounds echoing throughout. In many ways, they could be cousins to the megalopolis of Lovat from my novels. With his other work, Ecosse manages to capture a sense of foreboding and dread that lends itself well to horror—in particular, his Lovecraftian work. I’ve posted some of my favorites below, as always you can click to view them larger.

Ecosse has prints available for purchase, and you can see much more of his work over on his website: sebastienecosse.com. You can also find him on ArtStation and Deviant Art. Be sure to check him out on Facebook or over follow him over on Twitter. Perhaps, like me, you’ll find yourself inspired.

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If you like Sebastien Ecosse’s work be sure to check out some other illustrators and concept artists I’ve shared in the past:


Visual Inspiration by 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 by Nivanh Chanthara

Babel by Nivanh Chanthara
Babel by Nivanh Chanthara

If you follow my Pinterest Boards or have read The Stars Were Right you know I love epic megalopolis cityscapes. When I came across this piece from Nivanh Chanthara I had to share it here and figured it’d be great visual inspiration for someone out there. (Some of his work already appears in my board for Stars.)  There’s something so otherworldly yet ultimately approachable about his work, both futuristic yet grounded.  It’s good stuff. Check out his latest work on Deviant Art or see a larger version of “Babel” here.

Visual Inspiration by 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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