LUMEN 9 originated from an idea that I brought home with me from the hospital in May of the year 2000. When the idea came to me, the only thing I had to draw on was an advisory pamphlet for patients, so I used the back of it for a rough sketch of the composition. I carried the idea in my head for years afterwards and didn’t get around to executing the painting until ten years later.Continue Reading
In 1997, Michael Whelan held his first one-man fine art exhibition at Tree’s Place on Cape Cod. The success of that show—most pieces sold before the official opening—led Whelan to focus on gallery art and semi-retire from illustration.
While Whelan has exhibited paintings at galleries around the world, Tree’s Place in Orleans, MA has continued to be the main outlet for his gallery work for the last few decades.Continue Reading
Looking for subjects suitable for a still life I’ve been turning to mementos scavenged from visits to Cape Cod beaches during summers past. Each one of these stays have their own particular memories, and objects which are invested with personal significance that I’ve managed to hold on to through the years.
When I think of Nauset beach I am reminded of times I’ve walked the sands there in the early morning, wrapped in dense fog. However, one late afternoon a fog rolled slowly in off the ocean, something I had never experienced outside of Northern California. As we sat on the dune the water gradually disappeared and before our eyes the sun made a splendid “fogbow” in the mist. It seemed magical, and I knew before even starting this composition that a fogbow would have to be part of it.Continue Reading
This image originated from an idea that I brought home with me from the hospital in May of the year 2000. When the idea came to me, the only thing I had to draw on was an advisory pamphlet for patients, so I used the back of it for a rough sketch of the composition. I carried the idea in my head for years afterwards and didn’t get around to executing the painting until ten years later.Continue Reading
Assembled here for your delectation is a hodgepodge of images selected to fit the Halloween season. They come from a wide variety of sources, including concept renderings for book cover assignments, studio sketches, a digital experiment and a couple of more recent illustrations for a recently published story about vampires in post Civil War New Orleans.
Happy Hauntings!Continue Reading
This weekend, Michael Whelan’s celebrated LOVECRAFT panels are being offered for sale by the Frank collection at the Heritage Auction of Illustration Art in New York City.
Over the last 40 years, Howard and Jane Frank have amassed one of the signature collections of science fiction and fantasy artworks. Their decision to “down-size” has created a great opportunity for other collectors to acquire some great works.
This diptych (one image on two panels) is not only one of Whelan’s finest and most reproduced paintings, but one of the greatest and most definitive works of art related to the writings of H.P. Lovecraft.Continue Reading
Next week, Michael Whelan will be joining over 80 international artists at the Allentown Art Museum in Allentown, PA for IlluXcon 6.
This 5-day symposium (September 11-15) offers artists, students, collectors, and fans a unique opportunity to celebrate the art of the fantastic within a historical art museum. There will be lectures, demos, portfolio reviews, and a massive display of original art.Continue Reading
ImagineFX is 100 issues old! To celebrate, they asked their readers to vote for their favorite artists. The results are printed in a Special Edition Supplement to accompany Issue 100, which is on sale Friday, August 16 in the UK, and will reach Europe, Canada and USA about three weeks after this date. You can find out more about the issue and buy it at the link below.
ImagineFX is the world’s best-selling magazine for digital artists, and has been at the heart of the fantasy art community for seven years.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
The cover art for DRAGONWRITER, A TRIBUTE TO ANNE MCCAFFREY AND PERN was originally conceived in 1991 for her novel ALL THE WEYRS OF PERN.
Anne often reminded readers that her Pern series were science fiction novels and this was a scene that she wished could be on the cover. Michael did a tight preliminary called “In the Cargo Hold.” He was ready to do the full-size painting, but he had a dream in which he envisioned the dragons having a conference high up in the clouds. He told Anne about it and she liked it so much that she wrote the scene into her story and that’s what became the cover.Continue Reading