Fantasy

RHYTHM OF WAR

RHYTHM OF WAR It was both a dream assignment as well as a monumental challenge to attempt to visualize Shadesmar for the cover of Rhythm of War. Choosing an approach to focus on wasn’t easy because of the myriad possibilities beckoning me in Brandon’s wonderful story—but I hope I...

OATHBRINGER

OATHBRINGER The forces of Odium descend on Thaylen City and the new order of Knights Radiant converge to defend against invasion. It’s a visual sequence in which I saw a lot of possibilities for the cover. Brandon doesn’t elaborate on the formation of metal conjured to shore up...

DARKNESS OVER HAYHOLT

DARKNESS OVER HAYHOLT Almost 30 years ago, DAW Books contacted Michael about illustrating the cover for a high fantasy novel by Tad Williams. Their amazing relationship began with The Dragonbone Chair, and Tad's work continued to inspire many epic covers from GREEN ANGEL TOWER through...

WORDS OF RADIANCE

WORDS OF RADIANCE Roshar is a world rich with strange flora and fauna, and Brandon Sanderson’s narrative features a diverse cast woven through multiple story threads, all complex and interesting. How to choose what to present on the cover for WORDS OF RADIANCE? Fortunately, Irene...

SHALLAN

SHALLAN Many fans were dismayed when Tor revealed the art for WORDS OF RADIANCE. Brandon had mentioned that Shallan would be the focus of the book, but the cover featured Kaladin and Szeth. What fans didn’t know was the publisher had already approached me about a second...

MEMORY OF LIGHT

MEMORY OF LIGHT I was honored to paint the cover image for the final book in the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, but it was a daunting prospect given the massive backstory of 14 books written over a span of 20+ years. Each volume, illustrated by the late...

GIFT FROM THE SEA

GIFT FROM THE SEA Originally painted for the 2005 Dragons & Mystics: The Art of Michael Whelan calendar.  Years later, Michael revised the image when he was the Artist Guest of Honor for DragonCon’s 25th Anniversary (the East Coast’s largest science...

WAY OF KINGS

WAY OF KINGS A new Whelan book cover is rare these days, but fans were delighted to see this one for best-selling author Brandon Sanderson. Michael has read more than his share of epic fantasy novels and took on this assignment with a bit of trepidation – especially when he...

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