Picturing…

Picturing Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s passing was a loss for everyone who enjoys storytelling in all of its forms. Not the least of which are artists and illustrators. Bradbury’s tone, the poetry and atmosphere of his worlds, have inspired artists for decades. Looking at his book covers, extending back over many printings, you see generations of artists reinterpreting the same works for their own era.

Below is just a small collection of Bradbury’s worlds.

Kelly Freas’ Lorelei of the Red Mist. (Correction at comment 35)

Kelly Freas' Lorelei of the Red Mist.

 

Joseph Mugnaini’s iconic Fahrenheit 451.

Joseph Mugnaini's iconic Fahrenheit 451.

 

Bob Pepper’s psychedelic version Fahrenheit 451.

Bob Pepper's psychedelic version Fahrenheit 451.

 

Joseph Mugnaini and The Martian Chronicles. Arguabley, no other artist has drawn from Ray Bradbury as much as Mugnaini. You could spend a very enjoyable day looking up his work.

Joseph Mugnaini and The Martian Chronicles.

 

More recently, Sam Weber did a number of Fahrenheit 451 paintings for the Folio Society.

Sam Weber, Fahrenheit 451 paintings

 

Switch on the Night, a picture book collaboration with Leo and Diane Dillon.

Switch on the Night, Leo and Diane Dillon.

 

David Grove’s movie poster for Something Wicked this Way Comes.

David Grove's movie poster for Something Wicked this Way Comes.

 

Dean Ellis, one of many great paintings for The Illustrated Man.

Dean Ellis, The Illustrated Man.

 

Ian Miller, R is For Rocket.

Ian Miller, R is For Rocket.

 

Joseph Mugnaini, The Halloween Tree.

Joseph Mugnaini, The Halloween Tree.

 

James Bingham

James Bingham, the Rocket Man

 

A Sound of Thunder by Franz Altschuler.

A Sound of Thunder by Franz Altschuler.

 

Al Parker’s the The Veldt. The first time I saw this was in Vincent di Fate’s science fiction illustration class, it has stayed with me since.

Al Parker's the The Veldt.

 

The great Leo and Diane Dillon and The Halloween Tree.

Leo and Diane Dillon and The Halloween Tree.

 

Tim O’Brien’s The Martian Chronicles.

Tim O'Brien's The Martian Chronicles.

 

Dean Ellis’ The Martian Chronicles.

Dean Ellis' The Martian Chronicles.

 

Jim Burns and The Illustrated Man.

Jim Burns and The Illustrated Man.

 

Highrises: Cities on the Moon by Donato Giancola.

Highrises: Cities on the Moon by Donato Giancola.

 

Mars is Heaven by Lew Keller.

Mars is Heaven by Lew Keller.

 

Mars is Heaven by Doug Wildey.

Mars is Heaven by Doug Wildey.

 

The Gift by Ren Wicks.

The Gift by Ren Wicks.

 

A U.K. edition of The Martian Chronicles.

A U.K. edition of The Martian Chronicles.

 

Michael Whelan’s The Martian Chronicles.

Michael Whelan's The Martian Chronicles.

 

There are many portraits of Ray Bradbury. I thought I’d leave you with this delightful one by Pixar artist Lou Romano.  

Ray Bradbury by Pixar artist Lou Romano.

 

Thanks, Ray! I can’t wait to see what tomorrow’s artists come up with.


Irene Gallo is the art director for Tor Books and Tor.com.

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