TRICK OR TREAT

TRICK OR TREAT

TRICK OR TREAT Our favorite holiday season is upon us. But before all the ghosts, goblins, and Elsas knock on your door, we thought we’d offer you some artistic treats to get you into the Halloween spirit, and don’t miss these two special offers: Buy the limited edition...

FIRESTARTER AT AUCTION

FIRESTARTER AT AUCTION

Michael Whelan’s original painting FIRESTARTER goes to live auction with Heritage, an online auctioneer of collectibles, on October 17-18.

In 1980, Phantasia Press commissioned Whelan to illustrate the cover of their slip-cased, limited edition of the novel, which would be Whelan’s first work for Stephen King.

MICHAEL WHELAN IN CONVERSATION 1997

MICHAEL WHELAN IN CONVERSATION 1997
EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a 1997 interview I conducted with Michael Whelan shortly after his first one man show at Tree’s Place in Orleans, MA. While Whelan had been devoting more time to his personal visions since the early ’90s, the success of this gallery opening led to another Tree’s Place show in 1999 and his eventual departure from illustration as he shifted focus to his gallery work.
For a long time, you’ve talked about splitting time between illustration and your fine art work. What does each mean to you?
Well, my illustration was always my guiding light through the years. It was what I loved to do the most as a child and what I always sought to do and denied myself until I was almost through college, but once I started getting work as an illustrator it was the realization of a dream.

What I wanted to do more than anything was to be a pilot or an astronaut, but I couldn’t do that. Then I had other goals, like any person who does something creative. You’re setting new horizons for yourself.

Once I actually started making a living as an illustrator doing book covers, which was something I thought I’d never really get to, then it was a question of—well, I’ve always wanted to do the John Carter Mars series and boom I got the assignment. These things just kind of came to me.

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.

NEW KINDLE BOOK WITH A WHELAN COVER!

NEW KINDLE BOOK WITH A WHELAN COVER! NEW MUTANT HUNTER RELEASE FROM STEPHEN R. COX Between the beginning and the end lies what really matters: the chase. This is a tale of adventure, heartbreak and a race through the future. It takes place in a world where your only real friend has a trigger and hope...

A MEMORY OF LIGHT

A MEMORY OF LIGHT WHEEL OF TIME COVER ART Michael has just finished the cover art for A MEMORY OF LIGHT, the 14th and final book in the classic Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan and now Brandon Sanderson. The first book was published in 1990 and over the years has garnered a huge...

THE WAY OF KINGS

THE WAY OF KINGS NEW WHELAN COVER ART Debuting today on Tor Books’ website is the first Michael Whelan cover in a long time. #1 best-selling author Brandon Sanderson’s THE WAY OF KINGS will be released late this summer, but you can see the front cover and the work in...

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