Category Archives: Art

By this brush, I paint!

John O’Neill, publisher/editor-in-chief of Black Gate magazine, is happy (nay, giddy!) to report that David Spurlock, working with the Frazetta Museum, has undertaken to revive a classic collection of artwork by Frank Frazetta, in a larger, more lushly produced format. Coming from Vanguard on May 30, The Fantastic Paintings of Frank Frazetta brings together both …

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The Joy of Painting Middle-earth

Jeff LaSala, the resident Tor.com Tolkien commentator, has posted a very affectionate and informative interview with painter Ted Nasmith, a polychromatic wizard whom Mr. LaSala deems a member of “the Tolkien Triumvirate of artists, alongside Alan Lee and John Howe.” While I would broaden that particular brushstroke (What? No Donato Giancola, who was deemed “the …

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The Mapper of Middle-Earth

Christopher Tolkien, son and literary executor of Prof. J.R.R.T., died last week at age 95. He was notable for his long career in organizing and publishing his father’s assorted notes, early drafts, revisions, and addenda to the works about Middle-Earth and hobbits that have become almost an industry onto themselves. He was very protective of …

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What the right hand does for the Left Hand

Andrew Liptak on Tor.com has pointed out the striking illustrations that artist J. Yang has created under the inspiration of Ursula Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, including different cover illustrations and designs as well as interiors and character portraits. On the Tumblr page for the illustrations, Mr. Yang says that they completed the …

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When the legend becomes counterfactual

Beamer Fran again points our attention to an article by Lucas Adams in the NY Review of Books (mainstream cousin to our beloved NY Review of Science Fiction), reporting on an exhibition at the Drawing Center (35 Wooster Street, SoHo) – “As If: Alternative Histories from Then to Now”. It contains 88 works, from fiction …

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A stitch in space-time saves nine (dimensions)

Tor.com delightfully points out some amazing hand-stitched re-creations of book covers accomplished by Twitter user SummerRay’s mother. Working from cover illustrations by Bruce Pennington, the artist took, on average, 8 months to finish each gorgeous work. The artist has no plans to make any further cover reproductions, and, after selling 2, will keep the rest …

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Carols for Carol

Carol Emshwiller, 97, a World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award winner and double short story Nebula Awardee (2002, 2005), has died, according to her family. Noted for her askew fiction (sometimes labeled as “magic realism”, but definitely more magical than realistic), Ms. Emshwiller was active for 55 years, starting with her first published story, “This Thing …

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An Astounding look at the art of science fiction

Author Alec Nevala-Lee (The Icon Thief) has written a study on the history of Astounding Science Fiction magazine (still published these days as Analog Science Fiction and Fact) during its “golden age” under John W. Campbell Jr. from the late 1930s to the mid-1960s.  In a related article in the NY Times of Thursday, January …

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The devil (and the goddess) lives in the details

On Tor.com, Aidan Moher reports on an interview with Charles Vess, the artist chosen to illustrate the complete collection of Earthsea tales (The Books of Earthsea) published in October 2018 by Saga Press. One of the most important request that Ms. Le Guin made for the illustrations was that they show the everyday lives of …

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Back to the future 1980s

    On io9, Germain Lussier gives a heads-up on a new art show by Craig Drake, a former Lucasfilm staffer who re-envisions many of the classic sf movies of the 1980s in a style reminiscent of the quintessential ’80s artist, Patrick Nagel.  (At least to my old 1980s-era eyes.)         Mr. …

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