STANDING IN THE STORM, The Many Worlds of William Alan Webb

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Tolthorn, the Tree at the Meeting Place of Time

Bill’s earliest known fantasy drawing, and the earliest reference to the epic that would become the tale of Alden Havenwulf. –  Circa 1975

Note from Bill: The signature here is ‘Gerard.’ A group of friends and I  all loved Roger Zelazny’s Nine Princes in Amber and its sequels. Each of us took the name of a major character, I was Gerard. Sadly, none of those friendships have endured over time, including one that ended two days ago for me, but apparently ended years ago for the other person.


Corlandish archer

This is a detail of a Corlandish archer, wearing the distinctive helmet of the Carls of the House of Temmerdain. – Circa 1977

Here’s the full drawing.


Dexter Reedman and friend by Shannon Ortberg

Here’s a sketch of Dexter Reedman in a tavern with a friend, drawn by illustrator extraordinaire Shannon Ortberg.  – 2017


An Ancient Forest On Reven

Original composition of an ancient forest scene on Reven. This is the same forest in which Dexter appears in the large pen and ink drawing. This is one of the earliest depictions of any place on Reven, well before the book was written. Acrylic on canvas – 1979


Below is the original pen and ink treatment from which the painting evolved. This shows an unnamed soldier wandering through the forest in the painting. – 1978


Sketch from A Night At The Quay

Unfinished scene. Alden Havenwulf negotiating with Captain Boren, master of the Sea Scamp. Circa 1984.



Early illustration from Bill’s first novel

The working title of my first (unsold) novel was ‘The Queen of Death and Darkness.’ This illustration was me playing around with hand-producing it, including illustrations. From 1978.



Sketch circa 1984

Intended as the beginning of a painting, which never got painted. A version of the Dexter figure, however, wound up in the finished ink drawing on the main artwork page.



After the battle

Unfinished scene of the aftermath of fighting in the Quay.




Escape from Custacrak


Alden and Dexter fighting their way out of Custacrak


A Night At The Quay title page


In the early and mid 80’s Bill took pencil and pens in hand to illustrate his works. Art was a first love for him, but writing was a first talent. He discovered he was not the second coming of Barry Windsor-Smith or Frank Kelly Freas. Still, he drew a lot during this period and hopes you enjoy some of his work.

This illustration is from the opening scene of A Night At The Quay, as Karf and Lef stagger along the wharf to their doom. Circa 1983.

From the opening scene of 'A Night At The Quay.'


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