HALLOWEEN 2013

HALLOWEEN 2013

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!

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LOVECRAFT’S NIGHTMARE AT AUCTION

LOVECRAFT’S NIGHTMARE AT AUCTION

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.

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ILLUXCON 6

ILLUXCON 6

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.

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IMAGINEFX 100 FAVORITE ARTISTS

IMAGINEFX 100 FAVORITE ARTISTS

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.

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MUTANT HUNTER Q AND A

MUTANT HUNTER Q AND A

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.

http://www.io9.com

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DRAGON ABOARD

DRAGON ABOARD

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.

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MICHAEL WHELAN IN CONVERSATION 1997

MICHAEL WHELAN IN CONVERSATION 1997

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a 1997 interview I conducted with Michael Whelan shortly after his first one man show at Tree’s Place in Orleans, MA. While Whelan had been devoting more time to his personal visions since the early ’90s, the success of this gallery opening led to another Tree’s Place show in 1999 and his eventual departure from illustration as he shifted focus to his gallery work.
For a long time, you’ve talked about splitting time between illustration and your fine art work. What does each mean to you?
Well, my illustration was always my guiding light through the years. It was what I loved to do the most as a child and what I always sought to do and denied myself until I was almost through college, but once I started getting work as an illustrator it was the realization of a dream.

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.

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SF HALL OF FAME INDUCTION SPEECH

SF HALL OF FAME INDUCTION SPEECH

Michael Whelan had rocketships flying over his house when he was a toddler.

His father worked for the aerospace industry, so he always lived near airbases and got to see things—like rocket launches—that most of us only saw in grainy black and white.

If rockets weren’t flying directly over his house, they should have been.

Michael excelled from the beginning. He sold every piece of art he took to his first World Con. He’ll tell you that that’s because they were all priced under $20, but you know that they were probably also beautiful, thoughtful pieces.

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LOCUS AWARDS 2013

LOCUS AWARDS 2013

Among the Locus Awards announced this weekend in Seattle, Michael Whelan won for Best Artist, his 29th Locus Award. Coincidentally the announcement came on Michael’s 63rd birthday on June 29.

The winners were selected through Locus Magazine’s annual readers’ poll, which was established in the early ’70s specifically to provide recommendations and suggestions to Hugo Awards voters. Locus Magazine has been covering the science fiction and fantasy field since 1968.

We’d like to extend thanks to the readers and congratulations to all those recognized this weekend, including other esteemed nominees in the Artist category: Donato Giancola, Stephan Martiniere, John Picacio, and Shaun Tan.

http://www.locusmag.com/

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IMAGINE FX AWARDS 2013

IMAGINE FX AWARDS 2013

On 16 August, ImagineFX will release its 100th issue. To celebrate the art that has helped defined the magazine since 2006, they’re searching for the definitive list of the 100 greatest fantasy artists, and the most popular ImagineFX cover – you get to decide!

The votes will celebrate the artists working in fantasy and sci-fi, showcasing those artists that have inspired us all and continue to do so through their creativity and timeless wonder.

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.

http://vote.imaginefx.com/

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