by Michael Whelan | Dec 16, 2013 | ART GALLERY, AUTHOR GALLERIES, PAST SHOWS
Anne McCaffrey loved Michael Whelan’s covers—and so did the fans.
One of the things that sets Michael Whelan above some other cover artists is that he reads the books before he illustrates them, and that brings a level of detail to his covers that really makes them shine.
by Michael Everett | Aug 6, 2013 | NEW WORK
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.
by Michael Everett | Dec 7, 2012 | NEWS & EVENTSIn 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. The scope of the game and the base of...
by Michael Whelan | Sep 14, 2012 | ART GALLERY, PAST SHOWS, PRELIMINARY CONCEPTSThe artistic process remains mystery to me even after painting for over 35 years as a professional. As Norman Rockwell wrote, “Some come easy, some come hard.” And so it has proven for me. Whether in the form of an illustration done as a commission or a...