RENEGADES OF PERN

RENEGADES OF PERN

RENEGADES OF PERN Michael was in a frenzied state trying to finish up his jobs before the impending birth of his son, when he had a dream about this cover. The trees came to him exactly as you see here and he worked the rest of the cover design around them. Luckily Anne McCaffrey liked...

DRAGON LAKE

DRAGON LAKE This cover painting in the popular Dragon Prince series by Melanie Rawn features the first Whelan dragon with patterned scales.

DRAGONSDAWN

DRAGONSDAWN This was the first cover in the Dragonriders of Pern series to feature the beloved fire lizards and Michael really enjoyed painting them. He finished the painting, but he had a vague sense of an unease and he didn’t send it off to the publisher before leaving...

DRAGONSBANE

DRAGONSBANE The quickest way to grab a potential reader’s attention is to cause a question in their mind – is the dragon saving the woman or about to have her for lunch? Originally done for the cover for the novel by Barbara Hambly, but a very popular dragon image in...

MORETA

MORETA For the six weeks prior to doing this cover painting for the fourth book in Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series, Michael had his painting hand in a cast. Although he had the cast molded around his brush and he did 2 paintings during that time, his hand...

AMAZING DRAGON

AMAZING DRAGON When Amazing Stories commissioned Michael to do the cover for the premier issue of their newly redesigned magazine, he decided that the painting should encompass both the realms of science fiction and fantasy. Since it didn’t have to be tied to a particular...

FILED TEETH

FILED TEETH A wizard entrances a menacing dragon and leaves behind the hoard of gold to gather blood for a new spell. Originally an illustration for a story by Glen Cook, but it has become a darkly original and frequently-copied Whelan classic.

DRAGONQUEST

DRAGONQUEST The primary menace to the planet Pern is “Thread,” a corrosive and devastating alien life form which falls from the Red Star and burrows its way into the soil, destroying all life and making the soil unusable. Only the dragons who are able to burn the...

DRAGONFLIGHT

DRAGONFLIGHT For the first book in Anne McCaffrey’s now legendary Dragonriders of Pern series, Michael wanted to create a literal visualization of the title. He selected an aerial point-of-view and tilted the horizon to simulate the dizzying sensation of flight. Anne’s...

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