The new site is great. I am a new fan and I’m amazed by your art Michael. Every piece is inspiring, beautiful and deep. Thank you!
hey, do you plan on making a print of this? as i would love to have a copy
When Blizzard commissioned the painting, they purchased all rights. We’d love to offer a print,
but I’m not sure that’s going to happen. Audrey and I have discussed contacting Blizzard about producing a print. We’ll keep you updated if anything develops.
I absolutely love the head study, It captures the character extremely well. To me, it will remain the definitive image of Deathwing.
thanks for the reply, do you know i blizzard will be producing prints? amazing piece btw the colours and the detail achieved with acrylics is mindblowing
Thanks for your compliments. It’s fun to share some of the process.
In a commission of this sort, there little room for accident, and it’s all pretty well worked out ahead of time. In other instances, like the Lovecraft panels I did back in the early 80s, i just jumped into the paintings without much preliminary work, and let things happen real time, so to speak. It’s fun working either way; for me, variety has always been the sustaining force behind my approach to my work.
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The paining looks great! Love it.
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Thank you for sharing the process, Michael. But I have a question related to “Final Painting”: who is the tiny little figure that witness Deathwing’s arrival on top of that stone pillar?
Yeah, it’s Thrall all right. I wasn’t going to have him in there but the Blizzard wanted me to work him in
great painting, I love ot. The colors instantly reminded me of some of your work for Meat Loaf. The two Lovecraft Panels you just mentioned are two of my all-time favourite horror/fantasy paintings ever. I would love to have them painted on the walls of one of my rooms, 2,5 meters high, making one big picture in the round. my recording studio certainly would be a good place for some Whelan-painted lovecraftness 🙂
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It just so happens that I happen to be one of those “greybeards”. Excited to see the site back up and running. Looks great. Nice job Mike. I still kind of miss the desktop calendars.
Hi Sam, glad to hear from you. And thanks for the kind words. Once the dust settles, we’ll be doing something along the lines of a desktop wallpaper in the new year. Don’t know if it’ll be a calendar or all graphic yet, but it is in the works.
I love the Elric prelim…the desolation surrounding Elric and the ultimate isolation that he experiences comes through beautifully in this image. The thing I haven’t figured out, however, is whose skull is he holding? Moonglum (one of my favorite characters)? Whoever owns this one is a lucky soul…
Your work is amazing! I would love to get wall size murals of some of these 🙂
Its great to see some of the process you go through to get to the final piece, its certainly to be appreciated. I’m glad to see the rebirth of you site, it looks better than ever.
Hello Mr. Whelan,
I just subscribed to your new website using hotmail and facebook and I look forward to seeing more of your work in the future.
The new site is looking great.
An amazing and beautiful website! This follows the design aesthetic I prefer with the navigation moving out of the way, yet providing full depth of functionality, presentation, and of course content. The fine art Michael is creating is an inspiration just as so many of his illustrations have been to many of us. I look forward to seeing his future works. He has been a great influence in my own career. I’ll be visiting often. Thank you.
I think that pictures are awesome, I’ve never seen nothing like that before.
great painting, still trying to get my work to this standard. your artistic talent is so good that you really are only limited by your imagination which is equally amazing
Now, you just need to convince King to write a story about the Forsaken ;).
Nicely done. Lovely choices for the hair wreath. Also interesting to see the progression, and to hear the notes on the construction and techniques. You never did say whether or not it got you back into the ol’ Holiday Spirit, though.
She is beautiful!
I have been a fan yours since I was a kid. My favorite is the “Sentinels”. I am a musician, songwriter and digital artist….and oh yeah a lawyer by day. You have a great gift and you a tremendous inspiration to me. Your work is fascinating and by far the best especially in your genre and I’ve seen most of the other artists work. No one quite has your imagination and skill.
Thank you for showing the progression of this painting. It is beautiful on it’s own, but magic is added to it by seeing the creative process.
Very beautiful. And I love seeing the stages progress through the process….
Dear micheal, of all your book covers and other items, the one that i like best is “RUN FOR COVER” , any chance of a new run of it? I have the print of the two Fuzzies on my wall and love them. would like to add more Fuzzy covers to them.Have a very merry christmas & a prosperios New Year
Michael, I too am not in the Christmas mood; in my case, it’s due to a family matter of unsurpassed sadness. How wonderful, then, to see this astonishingly beautiful portrait, which reminds us of the beauty in the world and evokes a sense of wonder about life and what this particular season is all about: a celebration of all living things. Thank you.
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Amazing process. Thank you very much for sharing it. The final is amazing.
Thanks for all the nice comments! I appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts.
Dear Michael. I like your art work more than the fine images for other peoples writing. Now in your art life and showing in Trees Place Gallery I think your mind will take you to worlds where artist live.
My thanks Michael for the fantastic cover art, as always your artwork blows me away.
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Awesome! I loved seeing some of the other preliminary concepts. Very interesting. Beautiful art!
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I LOVE THIS! Finally a great cover and picture of actually Rand! It makes me so happy to see a good cover! This is better then the part 1 of the “Geat Hunt” book covers for the Young Adult versions of the Wheel of Time. However, I only thing I have to say, is that isn’t what I thought what Nyneave Al’Meara would look like. Face, skin tone,and where is her braid? :S
Thanks, Sarah. Nynaeve lost a good length of hair in Towers of Midnight. At the end of the book, the text indicated it was only long enough to fall to her shoulders. Editorial direction from Harriet McDougal, was that in AMOL it wouldn’t be long enough to braid.
My personal feeling is that since Nynaeve is beyond her block and has finally gone through testing to become Aes Sedai, she’s not the same young woman that left Emond’s Field. She no longer needs that braid to tug on.
That being said, I think her hair color should be darker. Not sure about skin tone. Was there ever a textual reference on that? She’s described as being slender, short and somewhat pretty. I’m not sure if Jordan or Sanderson ever got more detailed than that.
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Rand looks great here
The final version is definitely the best. Love it.
Thanks! Beautiful job!
Awesome. Only critique would be that the sky outside is far too nice. The book describes it as churning dark clouds all the time, this looks like a nice summer evening. 😀
Doesn’t Rand blast a blue sky hole above him throughout the final few books? I don’t remember it saying in the book that the gloom of the Dark Ones territorial weather overcame this ability, but I might have missed it, I have only read it the one time, so far
Hi, Michael here. RE: the sky: as the book hadn’t been written yet when I did the cover [!], I only had a first draft description of the scene to work from. [ I only found out about the eclipse in the sky after I was well on my way into rendering the concepts, for example]. One last thing: I wanted to keep the sky light so there would be enough contrast for the figure to “pop out” on the front cover. All that being said, however, I will concede that if I were to do another cover for this book I’d make it less saturated and more somber in color overall.
Thanks for sharing! I love the cover!
Yes, I used to read book that only had Michael Whelan covers 😀 I admit, I found the style of “Memory of Light” so old/outdated. I quickly realized that opinion was coming from the recent trend of easily photoshopped covers. This was ART. Princess of Mars blue and orange = so retro! Luv it. Man, I this takes me back. Let me dig up his “Art of Michael Whelan” collection and oggle his work again.
I was so happy when i saw the book on the shelves, and your art on the cover. It’s about time this series had a well illustrated cover. I was sick of looking at stunted mal-proportioned limbs. I especially like Rands face, very stalwart and determined. Thanks for sharing the process!
Moirane is bang on. Nynaeve is really close, I just thought she was shorter than average, and slightly more buxom than the other girls. Since jordan commented on her bosom quite alot. heh. the clothes are great though!
Well Nynaeve is shorter than average, but Moiraine is short for a cairhainian who are characteristically short. I agree with the surprising lack of chest but she did start hiding it after the whole getting married thing.. maybe it’s just the dress.
Excellent! I wish I could attend!
Amazing job, you channeled the true likeness of Rand al’Thor to perfection! Wish you could go back and to all of the covers.
Stunning image. I’m just learning about your work. Thank you!
Hi Michael, amazing painting! once again a thrill to see a dragon so well executed.. thanks so much for the view! my favourite is still River tho. 🙂
the foundation’s edge cover is the greatest painting of any genre of all time- the hell with the mona lisa
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I wish I had had my video camera for that! They were both so complimentary of each others’ talents. Truly, an epic meeting and I am delighted I was able to witness it.
sanderson looks stones Lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllll
Ever since I saw an art print of yours advertised in Science Fiction Age during the early 90s, I’ve been a fan of your work. The image itself was just thumbnail-sized the way it was laid out on the page along with other prints, but it made a huge impact on me.The print, by the way, was of one of your paintings, the Sentinels. Have a nice day!
I thanked you there, but allow me to thank you again here for the time
and effort you put into giving such thoughtful answers to my questions.
For me it ended up being a nice warm up to your longer presentation
about your works at Spectrum. Given that you ran out of time I hope for
another opportunity in the future to get to Part II.
YOU GUYS ARE FRIGGING TWINS.
On a less…spastic note, I always loved Michael Whelan before I actually knew who he was. I used to spend hours looking at the covers of my mom’s Anne McCaffery books and get lost in my own imagination.
I am a huge Anne McCaffrey fan and truly love the artwork Michael Whelan did for her Pern novels. If any-one knows if He has a studio in or near southern Wi. where I can purchase some of the paintings please let me know @ moc.l1493529060iamg@1493529060321eb1493529060aboor1493529060. Thank You and Godspeed, Colleen Black
Brilliant! I remember this unused preliminary from one of the art books; to see it finally realized as a full painting is amazing. Thanks, Michael: you’ve been a huge inspiration and a major influence on my own work.
Will all of the above artists be there for the full Illuxcon, including weekends?
I am so happy to finaly see a picture of my all time favorite painting.. Wish I had the money to buy it..(is it too late to rob a bank?)
I bought the artist’s proof of “Nightmare in Red” at a con at least 28 years ago, and it hangs proudly in our livingroom and sets the stage for our spooky decor. Thanks!
Wow, Michael. This is stunning. I cannot help but think about who created this, where it leads, what stories this makeshift tunnel towards the light might tell. Thank you so much for sharing the process.
I imagine some fortunate patron will own this before May 2014 rolls around, but if it remains in your possession and if you have plans to return to Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (fingers crossed), it would be a treat to see this one up close.
love the new stuff !
Michael, I really find the process you show very insightful. Another great image of your work.
Anne was one of a kind and teamed with Michael – UNBELIEVEABLE
Michael’s work pulled me into Anne’s worlds. Had it not been for him, I would have missed out on what has become one of my favorite series. Can’t count right off how many authors I’ve been introduced via Mr. Whelan. Thank you!
it is good to see that you are still working . so many of my favorite people have gone beyond the “vale” . wishing you and yours a better New Year. thank you for sending these updates, all my best to you, dennis
Love the Pern Books and Michael’s covers for them. I’m glad to hear that he tries to read the books before he does the covers this gives a greater chance if the cover fitting with the book. Great work.
Nothing is more interisting than art. Work is also interesting. Certain topics like science and art are interisting and should’nt get on the way. I like art looking at it and not afraid to understand it. I think that, that should be the disscussion. Maybe art is a vision or more.
I used to work at this place a large store, thats where they had these pencils and everything. So I really was a fan of Science Fiction art. I knew that they had alot of these books and alot them are interesting. And now I showed up in this place Disqus or disscussion of a place. But still a place to talk about books.
It’s easy for me to imagine myself inside the painting, and it’s a breathtaking experience : the light, the space, everything.
Science is very interesting. There are certain topics about Science, like books, studies, animals. I also like to look at art. I think sometimes artist they draw cool things. And I also like to draw. I draw things like plants, bugs, animals. I try not to get out of topic. Maybe thats what the artist is talking about, that there is light and hope. Though I cant explain it further I also saw that there was a cloke. So I dug at it further thats what it was. I try to do a sharing and everything. Anyways Philosophy, Science and Art.
Last time I was watching the picture and I didnt really have the time to look at all of it. There is something about the colors or something I did’nt mention. I really believe that we should all look at it very carefully. Though I admit I get wrecklessly tired and be perfect in so many ways. I really don’t mind it. I was sharing that idea, the idea of taking our time to look at the picture.
I was looking at these rocks, like the ones they had in the drawing. I thought they were interesting. I was also still, looking at the art. There is a meaning to it, hope, light and the colors far out. The art is great, to study it, the philosophy, the science, the art.
The thing about all of these, is that something that that was there. There was Science and Art and mostly about drawings. There are squares, rectangles, colors and sometimes crosses. I did’nt have the time to study it all.
I have to agree 100% with Jeff. Michael’s art attracted me to Dragonflight when I was perusing a school library, and I have had the pleasure to find out in the years since that he has also graced the covers of many other authors whom I follow (So much so, that I feel I should cease being surprised to find out he did the cover art!).
Michael, after years of painting with acrylic, I have decided that it is best to do the underpainting with acrylic, but anything that requires a small brush must be done with oil – or gouache. I remember Dr. Brose remarking how hard acrylic was on brushes… fondly, marte
Tad and Michael Whelan – book partners made in heaven.
Been a great fan of your art since I discovered you on the cover of Assassin’s Apprentice. Still enjoying.
Great experiment. I wish I could carry your talent.
I’ve enjoyed his cover and beyond the Dragonlady its the CD Cover of Meatloaf, that my other half Dan J. and I have
The site looks great , I have a few of the limited edition prints that were sold back in the 80’s 😀
wheelan is deep there are few artists with the yrs of consistently highest quality , master craftsman and a major illustrator ,and fine artisan, they say great art is a gift to the future .”micheal your spoiling the kid!”
not taking anything from rockwell i bet he would be honored to be shown with your work next to his
The last one made me weepy. What a fitting tribute to a woman who created the most fascinating of worlds. Well done, sir, oh, so well done.
Michael’s vision of the Pern Dragon’s is what I see in my minds-eye when I am reading the books. It has been that way since I saw the “White Dragon” Cover.
Lovely paintings Michael! A great way set the imagination free.
Wow! I sure wish I could attend this exhibition! So many of my favorite stories are represented by this art.
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