Dusty Abell works as a character designer in the animation industry, and was previously employed as a comic book penciler and cover artist. He also worked as a production designer on the animated television series King of the Hill. His interest in art began at an early age and was deepened by his love of comic books, fantasy illustrations and sci-fi films and television shows.
Abell’s primary source of inspiration for his own artistic endeavors is the memories of what he cherished growing up and his desire to share that appreciation with others. Star Trek: The Original Series was one of those special memories he wants to celebrate.
He lives in Southern California.
Abell collaborated on his Star Trek piece with co-colorist Lovern Kindzierski. A comic book artist, Kindzierski began working in the comic industry in early 1987 for Eclipse Comics. Since that time he has gone on to work for all the major comic book publishers, including Marvel, DC, Image, Dark Horse and IDW.
Lovern was recognized by the Comic Buyer’s Guide survey as one of comics' most influential colorists of all time. His Star Trek work includes serving as the primary color artist on John Byrne's IDW efforts, including the Romulans: Schism three-parter.
He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Tell us about your piece. Can you describe your artistic process?
My poster is a loving homage to one of my favorite shows ever and includes at least one character, creature, ship or location from every one of the original 79 episodes. Deciding which characters would be included in the final piece was the first challenge I had to resolve. I wish I could have included everyone, but I hope Trek fans everywhere have at least a handful of their favorites represented.
How did your concept come to you and how long did the piece take to complete?
The basic concept of the Trek poster came about fairly quickly; the execution and completion of the piece took me about a year and a half of picking away at it little by little on weekends or whenever I had spare time during the week. There was also a lot of time researching costume, ship and prop details where I really strove to get as close to the actual pieces as I could manage.
What else about your piece do you think Star Trek fans should know?
That it was created by a fan for fans everywhere. I hope admirers of Star Trek both old and new will find it representative of the show they remember and love in the same way I do.