Saturday, June 11, 2011

Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art

A new book has just been published called “Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art.”

The lavish volume spotlights 28 artists working in the field of contemporary fantastic art. It is written by Karen Haber, a Hugo-nominated science fiction novelist and writer for Locus Magazine.

Haber drew extensively from personal interviews and published material to give a biographical sketch of each artist and a description of their philosophy and working methods. In addition to finished works, some artists include step-by-steps and preliminary sketches.  The text emphasizes the tools of the trade. Artists are grouped according to digital, traditional, and combined digital / traditional.

Like its predecessors “Infinite Worlds” and "The Chesley Awards,” this volume will become a standard reference for the field, with plenty of useful tips for beginning artists and unique insights for collectors. Each chapter is around eight pages and includes about 10-15 images, beautifully reproduced.

Limiting the selection to 28 artists inevitably leaves out some really important people in the field, so not everyone is here, but the group includes: Jim Burns, Shaun Tan, Dave Seeley, Avi Katz, John Picacio, Pavel Mikhailenko, Ken Wong, Brom, Greg Spalenka, Bruce Jensen, Scott Fischer, Todd Lockwood, Stephan Martiniere, Tomasz Maronski, Camille Kuo, Galan Pang, Marta Dahlig, James Gurney, Kinuko Craft, Charles Vess, Donato Giancola, Rebecca Guay, Dan Dos Santos, Petar Meseldzija, Terese Nielsen, Bob Eggleton, Don Maitz, and Gregory Manchess.   

The book is 9x12 inches, softcover, 224 pages, with a dust jacket that folds out to a poster.
Masters of Science Fiction Art From Amazon
Masters of Science Fiction Art from the Dinotopia Store, signed by me if you like (send $30.00 plus $4.50 shipping. Item number is MSFFA, though it's not officially listed yet.)


Jaime Gervais said...

I've been waiting so long to see a book like this come out. I love it. The poster it came with is pretty awesome too. :D

Jan said...

Oh, I want this book!!!!!!!!