Tuesday, November 12, 2019
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Friday, November 8, 2019
"Have It My Way!" (Apocrypha)
The original idea was aliens with hamburger heads. This became too ridiculous for even me as part of the Owariverse, but I liked the picture. However, I made the mistake of leaving the proposed name of these aliens on it. This caused much confusion and has been deleted for this posting. Just so we're clear - NO HAMBURGER HEAD ALIENS IN THE OWARIVERSE.
Eventually, this design evolved into the Burger-Meister.
Originally posted October 17, 2010.
Thursday, November 7, 2019
This was an early attempt at what became the Volcano Monsters. This design was rejected as unsatisfactory, and I went back to the figurative drawing board until I worked out something I liked far better based on helpful suggestions from some friends.
Originally posted October 11, 2010.
Wednesday, November 6, 2019
"I Make Stabby" (Apocrypha)
This was an early discarded design for the Masked Menace. I added some colors and posted him because there were elements of the piece I liked even if it didn't work for the character. Though yes, he's holding his knife wrong and would probably cut his hand before he actually stabbed anyone.
Originally posted September 26, 2010.
Tuesday, November 5, 2019
An early prototype version of the Psychedelic Man, a character which came to me in a half-waking/half-dreaming state. At this point, I still wasn't sure if he was going to be incorporated into the Owariverse or not. He ultimately was.
Originally posted April 2, 2010.
Monday, November 4, 2019
Sunday, November 3, 2019
Eve East by SeanRM. October 2013.*
*In truth, this was originally intended to be a picture of model/actress Rene Bond. Since Eve East's appearance is at least partially based on Rene, I've decided to "recast" this as a picture of Eve. I just hope Ms. East's constituents in El Oceano can stand the shock of her previously-unreleased nude scene!
See the full (NSFW!) version at Satellite Blue!
Saturday, November 2, 2019
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Friday, September 27, 2019
I didn't know his name was Pete the entire time we were friends. I only knew him by the username "Bastard-Bird" on DeviantArt. It was an ironic moniker, because BB (as I usually called him) wasn't a bastard to me, or indeed to anyone as far as I could tell.
We crossed paths in 2015 when he did some fan art of one of my characters. This led to our commenting on each other's work, and eventually he asked for my input on a project that stretched into three weeks. Don't get me wrong - I loved every second of it! Pete's art was quirky and wonderful, but what was truly amazing was how he was able to map out multiple universes inside his head. His talent and creativity were both off the charts. It just seemed like he never quite believed it.
Pete Kowal, aka Bastard-Bird, passed away on July 13, 2016. The last words he wrote on his DeviantArt account were:
I'm leaving the page and entries up in case anyone wants to take a crack at it.
I've thought a lot about that statement. And the truth is, I could never continue BB's stories. My mind doesn’t operate the way his did. "Wayward Earth" was so uniquely his that I could not possibly pick up all the strings it entailed. His detours into other stories and universes were equally colored by his own perspective. That perspective is something no one could duplicate.
But what I can do is make sure that BB's legacy lives on through my own means. You will be seeing a tribute piece based on his work in the very near future. There's already a character in my profiles who owes an enormous debt to his design sense. As long as the Owariverse endures, Pete will be a part of its canon.
There's also the art. BB's fan art will be appearing here beginning in 2020. I also plan to present non-Owariverse art that I either helped facilitate or that I just plain want to include here. It's all fluid, because I often am making this up as I go.
In all honesty, I barely knew him. Yet I still think about him and miss him terribly. All I can do now is honor his memory by making sure his work still has an audience and is not forgotten.
Bastard-Bird Gallery at DeviantArt (All)
Obituary for Peter M. Kowal III
If you need to talk for whatever reason, or just need someone to listen, call 1-800-273-8255.
*EDITOR'S NOTE: The image accompanying this entry is a larger version of the image BB used as an avatar on DeviantArt. The present author has no idea why he chose it, or whether it was supposed to resemble BB in any fashion. It had previously represented a strictly non-autobiographical character at any rate. Art © estate of Pete Kowal.