Michael Whelan sat down for an interview with Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe last Saturday. The podcast is now available for download or to listen to online. Among the topics discussed were digital art and art versus technology.
The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe is dedicated to promoting critical thinking, reason, and the public understanding of science through online and other media.Continue Reading
Michael Whelan is a legend in the field of illustration, the only living artist inducted in the SF Hall of Fame.
Earlier this year, his cover for A MEMORY OF LIGHT by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list, and he just completed another blockbuster in Sanderson’s WORDS OF RADIANCE.
At the same time, Whelan has taken on covers for small press titles like Robert McCammon’s I TRAVEL BY NIGHT (Subterranean Press) and Todd McCaffrey’s DRAGONWRITER (Smart Pop Books). Most peculiar among these assignments just might be the Mutant Hunter series by Stephen R. Cox.
I recently had the opportunity to speak with Whelan about the project. Head to IO9 for the full interview, or follow the link to the original post on my Kinja blog.Continue Reading
For a long time, you’ve talked about splitting time between illustration and your fine art work. What does each mean to you?
What I wanted to do more than anything was to be a pilot or an astronaut, but I couldn’t do that. Then I had other goals, like any person who does something creative. You’re setting new horizons for yourself.
Once I actually started making a living as an illustrator doing book covers, which was something I thought I’d never really get to, then it was a question of—well, I’ve always wanted to do the John Carter Mars series and boom I got the assignment. These things just kind of came to me.
A local public radio station in Kansas City, KCUR broadcast an interview with Greg Manchess, Donato Giancola, and our very own Michael Whelan on the opening day of SPECTRUM FANTASTIC ART LIVE 2 last week. Topics of conversation included whether talent really exists and whether fantastic art will stand the test of time as the new masterpieces in the art world.Continue Reading
Carl V. Anderson of Stainless Steel Droppings recently conducted an interview with Michael Whelan. Among the topics discussed were traditional paint versus digital art, personal works used as book covers, and SPECTRUM FANTASTIC ART LIVE, a great event taking place this weekend in Kansas City, MO.Continue Reading
You have been recognized at some of the largest popular culture conventions in the country. What are your expectations of a smaller convention like JordanCon?
Spectrum Fantastic Art posted a Q&A with Michael Whelan, the first in a series of showcases with special guests of SPECTRUM FANTASTIC ART LIVE 2 taking place May 17-19, 2013 in Kansas City, MO.
When asked what excited him most about the upcoming Spectrum gathering, Whelan replied…
It’s the inspiration AND challenge of seeing all the artwork and their creators, many of whom I am privileged to call my friends. Every year the bar gets pushed higher and the talent on hand is staggering. I believe that future generations will look back at these times and refer to it as the “platinum age” of imaginative art. And here we all are, riding the wave.