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Alex Ross

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Ross' style has been compared to that of Norman-Rockwell and he has been praised for his realistic, human depictions of classic comic book characters.

Review: KROMA by James Dee

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Kroma is an independent online graphic novel written by James Dee with art by John Chester, Sebastien Sanches and James Dee. It tells the story of the kingdom of Kroma, whose people have been divided based on colours

Illustrating Barsoom

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Barsoom. Sooner or later, every artist has to try their hand illustrating Burrough's tales

Glen Orbik – 1963-2015

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The world of illustration lost a real treasure this past week when artist Glen Orbik lost his long battle with cancer on May 11th.

Fantasy and Science Fiction Art on the Web

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Unlike in the olden days when we had to walk barefoot in the snow, uphill, both ways, to find fantasy art, today there are hundreds, if not thousands of online resources to slake your need.

Art Goes Hollywood: SF and Fantasy Concept Art

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It seems that all good fantasy artists head for Hollywood

The Art of the Role Playing Game

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Fantasy art is flourishing in the world of gaming

The Artist as Criminal: The Frank Cho Spider-Gwen Controversy

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Mr. Jackson on the latest internet blowup. And freedom of expression.

Where Have all the Artists Gone?

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Is there a conspiracy?

Photographic Covers versus Traditional Art – Part 2

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Books need covers, but the artistry that goes into creating those covers is getting lost in an avalanche of CGI and stock photography.

Photographic Covers versus Traditional Art – Part 1

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Photographic covers are becoming more and more common on book covers, even in the science fiction and fantasy genres

The Fantastic Art of Beer and Wine Labels

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Now we're getting down to it: don't think Bob Heinlein had this in mind when he said that author's competed for "beer money"...

When Art Gets Rejected

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To have one's heart and soul passed over for another can be a devastating thing.

Manly Art for Manly Men

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You don't have to be "manly" to paint "manly".

50 Shades of Gray

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Painting with the values between 0 and 1

Assisting Entropy

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Entropy happens whether we want it to or not. Why are we so fascinated with helping it along?

Space Princesses: Royalty in Science Fiction

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  “For God’s sake let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories about the death of kings.” Richard 11, Act 3, Scene 2 Shakespeare knew how...

Surrealism: The Art of Disquiet

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Sometimes life becomes so strange, so patently absurd, so like a bizarre waking dream that we say it has become surreal.

Where is my Muse?

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Here's one technique for wooing your Muse back

What is Wrong With You People?

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Science fiction's worst nightmares come true

Judging Book Covers: Have Spacesuit – Will Travel

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A gallery of illustrations for Heinlein's Have Space Suit - Will Travel, (Soon to be a major motion picture?)

Does a Book Need a Cover?

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The medium is not the message - except sometimes it is.

Resistance of the New

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Don't be scared: the new year is HERE!

Transit of the Holidays

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As we transit from Christmas to New Years let's take a look back at some of the images that got left behind.

Science Fiction Christmas

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Since this is my last post before Christmas I feel I should at least acknowledge the holiday season. Not everybody celebrates, true, but in...

The Illustrated Dune (or, Why I Hate Sam Weber)

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Frank Herbert's Dune has been a favorite subject for science fiction illustrators for years. Now Sam Weber is about to release a new illustrated edition.

Science Fiction Bikini

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Science fiction bikini seems like a simple juxtaposition of words, but examining the phrase reveals much of the cultural and social baggage packed inside.

Judging a Book by its Cover: The Jaws That Bite

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Landshark! Some authors aren't happy with their cover art....

Judging More Books by Their Covers: The Silver Warriors

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Judging books by their covers is made more difficult when the book in question has two titles as does Michael Moorcock's The Silver Warriors

Judging Books by Their Covers: BABEL 17

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Let's have some fun. Let's live dangerously. Let's run with scissors. Let's open up an umbrella indoors. Lets judge some books by their covers! Judging...