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Phlash
2008-Feb-21, 03:51 PM
Who is or was the best science fiction book illustrator/artist?
:)

Moose
2008-Feb-21, 04:02 PM
Best? I dunno. But I've always been quite fond of Michael Whelan's work.

ABR.
2008-Feb-21, 04:25 PM
I've always liked Michael Whelan and Vincent di Fate. Kelly Freas, too, for sentimental reasons.

mike alexander
2008-Feb-21, 05:17 PM
Best Skin: Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Rowena Merril (3-way-tie)

Most Heroic: Frank Frazetta (Da Master)

Best Characters: Vincent DeFate, Frank Kelley Freas (tie)

Best Tie-ins to Actual Story: Rick Sternbach

Tucson_Tim
2008-Feb-21, 05:22 PM
Best Fantasy Character (Conan): Ken Kelly's painting Roaring Fury of Conan, which appeared as the cover art for Howard's book Red Nails.

WARNING: The following picture might be considered gruesome by some.

http://www.kenkellyart.com/items/roaringfury/roaringfury.html

mike alexander
2008-Feb-21, 05:33 PM
And if allowed to stretch a bit, I have to include Howard Pyle and N.C. Wyeth.

Phlash
2008-Feb-21, 09:36 PM
Thanks for your recomendations folks!:lol:

Here are a few of my favourites......

Melvyn Grant, Jim Burns, Peter Jones, Chris Foss, David Bergen, Bruce Pennington, Angus McKie and Tim White. Because they featured on the cover of many of the paper back sci-fi books I started reading 30+ years ago.

:)

The Supreme Canuck
2008-Feb-21, 09:46 PM
I like Chris Moore's stuff.

Romanus
2008-Feb-22, 01:35 AM
<---- Big fan of Michael Whelan.

Fadingstar
2008-Feb-22, 03:07 AM
Not sure on book cover illustrations, but the two scifi/fantasy artists I like best are

Roger Dean and Rodney Mathews..

KaiYeves
2008-Feb-22, 03:32 AM
I like Jon Lomberg's art.

Van Rijn
2008-Feb-22, 04:58 AM
Melvyn Grant, Jim Burns, Peter Jones, Chris Foss, David Bergen, Bruce Pennington, Angus McKie and Tim White. Because they featured on the cover of many of the paper back sci-fi books I started reading 30+ years ago.

:)

In the U.S. back in the '70s, it seemed most paperbacks had abstract or extremely simplistic art that didn't make much of an impression. I paid more attention to Analog magazine, which sometimes did some interesting stuff. Frank Kelley Freas and Vincent Di Fate are the only artists that immediately come to mind.

Maksutov
2008-Feb-22, 06:21 AM
I second mike alexander's selections.

I liked the way Frank Kelley Freas was always able to work rather unearthly green tones into the shadows and details of his illustrations.

Tucson_Tim
2008-Feb-22, 03:04 PM
Stretching the parameters out even further, I'd have to give a nod to one of the first in the field of Space Art: Chesley Bonestell.

http://www.bonestell.org/spaceart.html

The following painting was used in the 1949 book Conquest of Space.

http://www.novaspace.com/GICLEE/Bonestell/MercBonestell.html

It's also hard to forget his wonderful painting that was used as a back-drop in the critically-acclaimed 1950 sci-fi movie Destination Moon.

Phlash
2008-Feb-22, 04:29 PM
Stretching the parameters out even further, I'd have to give a nod to one of the first in the field of Space Art: Chesley Bonestell.

http://www.bonestell.org/spaceart.html

The following painting was used in the 1949 book Conquest of Space.

http://www.novaspace.com/GICLEE/Bonestell/MercBonestell.html

It's also hard to forget his wonderful painting that was used as a back-drop in the critically-acclaimed 1950 sci-fi movie Destination Moon.

Hi Tucson Tim,
Now those are the kind of paintings I find absolutely fascinating!
I remember seeing a while back, paintings of various views from the surface of hypothetical planets, where the evening sky was filled with the Pleiades star cluster, or the Andromeda nebula, and many other various views.

I have never been able to find those same painting since and never knew who the artist was! :sad:

Tucson_Tim
2008-Feb-22, 04:48 PM
I remember seeing a while back, paintings of various views from the surface of hypothetical planets, where the evening sky was filled with the Pleiades star cluster, or the Andromeda nebula, and many other various views.

I have never been able to find those same painting since and never knew who the artist was! :sad:

I was first introduced to Bonestell's art at the university I attended (many years ago). In the Physics building there were framed prints of his in the hallways.

Here's a short bio: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesley_Bonestell



During his lifetime, Bonestell was honored internationally for the contributions he made to the birth of modern astronautics, from a bronze medal awarded by the British Interplanetary Society to a place in the International Space Hall of Fame to an asteroid named for him. His paintings are prized by collectors and institutions such as the National Air and Space Museum and the National Collection of Fine Arts. One of his classic paintings, an ethereally beautiful image of Saturn seen from its giant moon Titan, has been called "the painting that launched a thousand careers." Wernher von Braun wrote that he had "learned to respect, nay fear, this wonderful artist's obsession with perfection. My file cabinet is filled with sketches of rocket ships I had prepared to help in his artwork—only to have them returned to me with…blistering criticism."

KaiYeves
2008-Feb-22, 06:13 PM
The following painting was used in the 1949 book Conquest of Space.
That. Is. Beautiful.

Van Rijn
2008-Feb-23, 12:03 AM
Stretching the parameters out even further, I'd have to give a nod to one of the first in the field of Space Art: Chesley Bonestell.


I don't remember him doing covers for books, but yes, his space art was great. He's definitely one of the (rather few) space artists I remember well.

Tucson_Tim
2008-Feb-23, 01:20 AM
I don't remember him doing covers for books, . . .

I'm not sure if he did the covers of any of these books but here is a list of books that he illustrated (from wiki):



- Ley, Willy (1949), The Conquest of Space (Chesley Bonestell, Illustrator)
- Across the Space Frontier (1952)
- Braun, Wernher von; Fred Lawrence Whipple, Willy Ley [1952 (Collier's Man on the Moon)] (1953). in Cornelius Ryan: Conquest of the Moon, illustrated by Chesley Bonestell, Fred Freeman, Rolf Klep, New York: The Viking Press. - - Heuer, Kenneth (1953), The End of the World (Chesley Bonestell, Illustrator) (Reprinted and revised in 1957 as The Next Fifty Billion Years: An Astronomer's Glimpse into the Future, Viking Press)
- The World We Live In (1955)
- The Exploration of Mars (1956)
- Man and the Moon (1961)
- Rocket to the Moon (1961)
- The Solar System (1961)
- Beyond the Solar System (1964)
- Mars (1964)
- Beyond Jupiter (1972)
- The Golden Era of the Missions (1974)

Van Rijn
2008-Feb-23, 02:44 AM
I'm not sure if he did the covers of any of these books but here is a list of books that he illustrated (from wiki):

That makes sense. These seem to be mostly popular science or space futurism (not quite science fiction). I certainly did see some of his illustrations, but I didn't associate him with science fiction book covers. Some of these books would have been a little early for me too, unless I found them in the library.

Wiki does say that he did some science fiction magazine covers in the '50s, but I'm also pretty unfamiliar with that except for Astounding (I collect those).

JonClarke
2008-Feb-23, 02:53 AM
On the OP, Chris Foss has always been a favouritee. he is an artist of considerable range.

On Chesley, does anyone know if there is a complete list of his space art anywhere?

Jon

eburacum45
2008-Feb-23, 01:23 PM
I have a book of illustrations by David Hardy, who is in a similar category to Bonestell; he has illustrated a number of books since the Fifties, many of which were written by Sir Patrick Moore.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_A._Hardy

Occam
2008-Mar-04, 07:47 AM
On the OP, Chris Foss has always been a favouritee. he is an artist of considerable range.
Jon

I am the proud owner of an original Chris Foss. Here's the story...
When I was 14/15, my Dad worked for Granada, which not only produced TV programmes but also published. I was lucky enough to get a summer job there two years in a row and at that time, Chris Foss was one of the in-house artists. He was, I recall, a particularly nice guy and had just recently completed his covers for Asimov's Foundation Trilogy, amongst others. Anyway, one day I was in his office/studio and was admiring all the cool work around me. I especially admired one cover for a novel called "Cold War In A Country Garden" and, to my astonishment and delight, he asked "would you like it?". Obviously I stammered out a "YES PLEASE!" and it's still one of my prized possessions.

It's a bit tricky to photograph, since it's behind glass, but here it is.

captain swoop
2008-Mar-04, 07:16 PM
Chris Acilleos is good. His 'Raven' covers are great, Kate Bush wore a Raven costume in the Babushka video.
He did a load of Dr Who covers as well and a bunch of Michael Moorcock books The Corum books I think

JonClarke
2008-Mar-04, 08:55 PM
I am the proud owner of an original Chris Foss. Here's the story...
When I was 14/15, my Dad worked for Granada, which not only produced TV programmes but also published. I was lucky enough to get a summer job there two years in a row and at that time, Chris Foss was one of the in-house artists. He was, I recall, a particularly nice guy and had just recently completed his covers for Asimov's Foundation Trilogy, amongst others. Anyway, one day I was in his office/studio and was admiring all the cool work around me. I especially admired one cover for a novel called "Cold War In A Country Garden" and, to my astonishment and delight, he asked "would you like it?". Obviously I stammered out a "YES PLEASE!" and it's still one of my prized possessions.

It's a bit tricky to photograph, since it's behind glass, but here it is.

I am impressed. I remember the book too. Not as good as the cover

You have to admire the skill of an artist famous for not only SF art but also for high quality technical illustrations of military hardware, especially AFVs. he also illustrated "Joy of Sex" too.

Jon

Commander Thrawn
2008-Mar-31, 02:43 AM
Ralph McQuarrie

FriedPhoton
2008-Mar-31, 02:54 AM
I was digging around to see if I could find an image of a cover I used to like and I came across this: http://www.scifi-az.com/astronomy/astrobk1.pdf

I have no use for it, but I thought someone here might.

mike alexander
2008-Mar-31, 03:52 AM
I forgot to mention Virgil Finlay. His drypoint ink interior illustrations are marvelous, but he did pulp cover work as well. His illustration for Cordwainer Smith's story "The Ballad of Lost C'Mell" on the cover of the Oct 1962 Galaxy magazine is a valued posession of mine.

http://img401.imageshack.us/img401/6203/cmellrc8.th.jpg (http://img401.imageshack.us/my.php?image=cmellrc8.jpg)

Noclevername
2008-Apr-01, 08:37 PM
I've always been a Frazetta fan.

KaiYeves
2008-Apr-01, 09:46 PM
Ralph McQuarrie
Seconded.

Commander Thrawn
2008-Apr-02, 02:25 AM
He inspires...

rdaneel
2008-Apr-05, 09:22 PM
I like a lot of the space art and science fiction art.

Does anyone know if there are any science fiction artists or space artists who might sell some of their work on t-shirts? I have never seen anything like this, except of course for t-shirts for various media properties such as Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. for which you can find millions of t-shirts, coffee mugs, etc. Yet for art created for SF magazine or book covers, there appears to be virtually no sources for buying it in a relatively cheap form. I've seen a few places where you can buy prints for a hefty price, but not anywhere where you can get cheaper versions on a t-shirt, etc.

AKONI
2008-Apr-06, 07:50 PM
Best Fantasy Character (Conan): Ken Kelly's painting Roaring Fury of Conan, which appeared as the cover art for Howard's book Red Nails.

WARNING: The following picture might be considered gruesome by some.

http://www.kenkellyart.com/items/roaringfury/roaringfury.html

Very nice.

I first leanred of Ken Kelly years and years ago when I bought these..

http://pwbeat.publishersweekly.com/blog/wp-content/2007/01/kiss_destroyer.jpg

and this

http://sleevage.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/lovegun.jpg

XweAponX
2008-Apr-08, 11:20 PM
Who is or was the best science fiction book illustrator/artist?
:)

I was going to say Micheal Whelan but that was the obvious first answer.

Jack Gaugan (Certain Cordwainer Smith stories)... Jack Kirby (Ron Goulart illustrator)... Richard M Powers (The Number of The Beast/Heinlien- Great illustrations)...

I have a poster of The White Dragon in my back room that I had for years.

I do NOT like the new trend of using semi realistic looking computer graphics to generate covers (the latest MYTH books)