Tag 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 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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To see the worlds in a pane of glass

Chinese artist/designer/architect Jian Guo, who works primarily with sf/fantasy subjects, has been working on a series of prints of the not-too-mundane bodies of the Solar System.  Using a flat, tessellated style that resembles the pieces of stained glass used in decorative and sacred architecture, the portraits of Sun, planets, and associated friends (the Moon, the …

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Go up and out, young one!

For exhibit in the Kennedy Space Flight Center’s Visitors Complex, NASA in 2009 commissioned a set of recruitment posters for the Mars Explorer Corps.  Now, the posters are available for download on-line, in high-resolution JPEG or TIF files, suitable for reproduction at full size (30″ x 48″).

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Circle takes the square

In an era where reviews are boiled down to 5 words, Nick Barclay, an Australian artist and designer, does the same thing in a visual sense, taking movies down to their circular essence. Inspired by watching Interstellar, he has created a series of posters for genre and non-genre films that seek out the core of …

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How do I love thee? Let me geek the ways …

Brooklyn artist PJ McQuade has issued another series of his Geektastic cards for Valentine’s Day (top row), to join the 2014 collection (bottom row). While it is hard to resist Billy Dee Williams proclaiming “You’ve Lando’ed in my heart”, or the sweet nerdy enthusiasm of Crispin Glover (“George McFly”) asserting “You are my density Destiny!”, …

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To boldly vacation where …

Gizmodo has pointed out the newest branch of NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Exoplanet Travel Bureau, which has created a set of posters featuring some of the recent exoplanets discovered by the Kepler space observatory. The destinations include Kepler-186f, floating under a red dwarf star and thus blessed(?) with a crimson plant-scape (though green chlorophyll …

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Illuminating the light of the Two Trees

The good people at Tor.com have pointed to an interview conducted in 2009 with German artist Benjamin Harff by the Tolkien Library.  Harff, as his graduation piece from the Academy of Arts and Design in Hennef, illustrated J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Silmarillion with calligraphy and images in the manner of a medieval illuminated manuscript. Harff spent …

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