A MEMORY OF LIGHT BOUND

A MEMORY OF LIGHT BOUND

A VISUAL TOUR ON TOR.COM

Are you a fan of the late Robert Jordan?  A bibliophile?  Or are you just obsessed with how things are made?

Head over to TOR.com for Irene Gallo’s tour of Quad Graphics, the book bindery where she documented the assembly of A MEMORY OF LIGHT, the last volume in the epic Wheel of Time series.  Irene previously ran a feature on printing the sales proof of the cover.  Both are fascinating articles and not to be missed.

And as the excitement builds for the release of A MEMORY OF LIGHT on January 8, 2013, we will be announcing a print of the cover illustration by Michael Whelan.  Stay tuned for that as well as the addition of AMoL original art concepts in our shop!

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HOLIDAY SPECIALS AND ORIGINAL ART

HOLIDAY SPECIALS AND ORIGINAL ART

Looking for unique gift ideas for the holidays? Don’t forget to check out specials in The Shop. New prints for the holidays include Elric and The Dark Tower. And for that truly special gift, we’ve added more original art. What better gift than a one of a kind Michael Whelan?

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WOW INSIDER INTERVIEWS MICHAEL WHELAN

WOW INSIDER INTERVIEWS MICHAEL WHELAN

In a recent interview on WoW Insider, Michael Whelan discusses DEATHWING, the World of Warcraft painting commissioned by Blizzard, Nalathni Dragon, his Magic: The Gathering card, and the new Pern cover he’s illustrating.

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WINTER’S GLOW

WINTER’S GLOW

I wasn’t feeling in the holiday spirit this year, and as usual it took a painting—a gift for visitors of my new website—to get me into the mood of the season.

“Yupo paper” is an interesting surface. Don Maitz first recommended it to me, and I was pleased with how the sheet he lent me handled acrylics. When I found a 12″ x 12″ piece of the Yupo paper I’d ordered, I decided to try it for this year’s holiday image.

I put on seasonal music and got to work mixing raw umber acrylic and clear gesso (to give the underpainting some tooth). I splashed around paint and came up with a composition that I confess was partly influenced by a photo I once saw of a fashion model with striking wild hair.

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RE-LAUNCH PARTY GIVEAWAY – UPDATED!

RE-LAUNCH PARTY GIVEAWAY – UPDATED!

3 SPECIAL PRIZES FOR 3 NEWSLETTER SUBSCRIBERS

We hope you’ve had a chance to explore the NEW MichaelWhelan.com. Please join us in celebrating our re-launch by signing up to receive future Newsletters and qualify for our Random Drawing on December 31, 2012.

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FORGING DEATHWING

FORGING DEATHWING

The general concept for this work was spelled out to me by my art director and contact at Blizzard, Jeremy Cranford. We had met the previous Fall at IlluxCon, and despite being in an annoying loud bar lounge we were able to outline the basic assignment and agree to move it forward.

Before starting, the smart thing to do would have been to examine the actual game to become familiar with the feel of it, but instead I just jumped into exploring dramatic dragon poses and having fun with that. Being told from the onset that the image would depict a raging dragon emerging from a giant ocean maelstrom, I felt I had enough to go on.

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A MEMORY OF LIGHT

A 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 Darrell K. Sweet, had a similar look and feel. I decided the last cover should retain a sense of continuation while bringing the epic to a close.

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WARMING HER WINGS

WARMING HER WINGS

In fall, the sun sets on the west side of our property to shine through the trees. On a humid day, the light seems suspended in the thick air, spreading against the dark shapes of the trees, fanning golden brilliance across the green lawn.

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MICHAEL WHELAN.COM RELAUNCHED

MICHAEL WHELAN.COM RELAUNCHED

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you back to Michael Whelan.com!

A few graybeards out there may remember me from the original website. Back in 1995, I began work on a crude version of MW.com. That site grew, of course, into a bona fide web presence. In addition to selling posters and prints there, Michael used his online portfolio to land a one-man art show at Tree’s Place Gallery in 1997, an amazing event for those who made it out to Cape Cod.

I’m sure I didn’t fully realize it at the time, but as I began working with Michael he was moving on from a career as the most recognized illustrator of science fiction and fantasy (he has SuperHugo for that) to build his reputation as a fine artist. Success showing his personal work in galleries around the world would eventually lead to his retirement from illustration. But just as Michael yearned to explore ideas of his own while illustrating book covers, he could never leave his first love of illustration behind.

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HALLOWEEN 2012

HALLOWEEN 2012

We missed out on the actual Halloween day this year due to Frankenstorm, but my mind had been in Halloween for the month leading up to it anyway! After the autumnal equinox each year, night starts to overcome day and my artwork seems to get darker as well.

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