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Apr 11 2014 12:00pm

Greg Ruth illustration Lavie Tidhar Tor.com story Dragonkin

Time and again I seem to be required to craft two fully fleshed out final paintings for every single cover, mostly for Tor.com’s short online fictions, and it’s not a bad thing at all. Sort of. To date I still can only speculate as to the cause for this recent phenomenon, but I think if not fully on target, this theory hits close enough to brave an article about it. Not by request am I tasked to do this mind you, but by the process of making the pieces. Within this practice, at each turn are different causes for this seemingly time-wasting habit, which makes it hard to solve if solving it is even a good idea at all. So I’ll cleave out a few cases and hopefully you’ll see why.

[Tor.com art we never got to show you...until now]

Apr 10 2014 3:00pm

The Memoirs of Watt O'Hugh Check out Mark Matcho’s cover art for books 1 and 2 of Steven S. Drachman’s The Memoirs of Watt O’Hugh! The second book in the series, Watt O’Hugh Underground, will be released for the first time on May 20th from Chickadee Prince Press, along with a reissue of his debut, The Ghosts of Watt O’Hugh.

Here’s what Mark had to say about the covers:

“The Watt O’Hugh series cover art was inspired by pulp and adventure magazine covers from the ’30s and ’40s, and the work of artists like Norman Saunders and Rafael DeSoto, who brought those covers to life. Steven Drachman, the author of this series, has a gift for fast-paced, energetic storytelling, and I wanted the composition and art to reflect the dynamic nature of his writing, as well as provide a nod to the past, given the historical/fantasy nature of the books.”

See the full-sized images, and enter to win the books, below!

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Apr 10 2014 1:00pm

Cimbustion Hour Yoon Ha Lee Jeffrey Alan Love

Artist Jeffrey Alan Love has created a fantastic image to accompany Yoon Ha Lee’s short story “Combustion Hour,” appearing in August on Tor.com. Below, Jeffrey was kind enough to share his process, including sketches and photos of the work at various stages.

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Apr 10 2014 10:00am

We’re very excited to be able to show-off the latest Todd Lockwood cover for Marie Brennan’s next Lady Trent novel, The Voyage of the Basilisk. It’s always fun to  work on something that looks a little different than the rest of our list. Once we established the “naturalist journal” look and feel of the series on book one, A Natural History of Dragons, the tone was perfectly set for the rest of the series. I have to admit, at this point I feel a little guilty—after a  few fairly easy decisions are sussed out, I can just sit back and watch Todd to do his magic.

Check below for the full wrap-around cover image!

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Apr 7 2014 9:30am

Michael R Underwood Shield and Crocus cover reveal

Tor.com is pleased to present Stephan Martinière’s cover art (designed by Jason Gurley) for Shield and Crocus, the first novel in a new epic fantasy series from Michael R Underwood!

Check out the full cover for Shield and Crocus below—there’s a giant skull involved!—and see what Underwood had to say about its design.

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Mar 28 2014 10:15am

David A. Trampier

The Southern Illinoisian, the regional paper for Carbondale, Illinois, has listed an obituary for David A. Trampier, the artist responsible for defining the look of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons, from the first edition and onwards.

Trampier was doggedly reserved throughout his life, to such an extent that most D&D fans know his work more than they know his name. He disappeared in 1988, leaving his ongoing comic D&D Wormy abruptly unfinished, and retired from illustration to drive a Yellow Taxi in Carbdondale, Illinois. (The above photo from 2003 is one of the only pictures ever snapped of Trampier.)

[On his disappearance and possible reappearance]

Mar 26 2014 12:30pm

Rocket Talk, illustration by Tim Paul

To help celebrate Justin Landon’s launch of Rocket Talk, the Tor.com Podcast, we asked Tim Paul to come up with a super-cute banner. But what are they saying!? Please help us set dialog to the scene in the comments below!

Mar 25 2014 3:10pm

I’m excited and honored that Tor.com has sixteen illustrations selected for the upcoming Spectrum 21 art annual, two of which are short-listed for medals. Thank you to all our artists. You guys bring a depth to Tor.com that we could not achieve without you.

For those outside of the science fiction and fantasy art world, think of Spectrum Fantastic Art as the Hugos, Nebulas, and “Best of” all rolled up into one. Each year a jury selects a few hundred art pieces from the thousands that enter. Gold and silver medals are also awarded in eight categories, the winners of which will be announced at Spectrum Art Live in May. All of these images will be collected into Spectrum 21, available this fall.

Below, take a look through a gallery of the Tor.com images that will appear in Spectrum 21!

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Mar 18 2014 2:08pm

A Song of Ice and Fire 2015 calendar Donato Giancola

Donato Giancola and Random House have released the cover to the 2015 Song of Ice and Fire calendar, set for release this coming July!

From the artist’s Facebook page:

The twelve paintings of the calendar were inspired by the books, with my interpretations of the characters and places. It was a great pleasure, honor, and challenge to interpret this world, pushing my abilities to their limits to create a wonderful series of paintings.

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Mar 11 2014 3:10pm

Words of Radiance Way of Kings Illustrations Brandon SandersonLike The Way of Kings before it, Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance is chock-full of gorgeous illustrations. Now he’s made all of them available online! So, if you have an audio edition, want to see it on the big screen, or just want to take a break in your reading to feast your eyes on the beauty, you can check them out here at Sanderson’s website. Images may contain spoilers for Words of Radiance.

To give you a sample of what’s inside, here’s a folio page depicting male fashion in Azir, a bureaucratic oligarchy far to the west of Alethkar.

Mar 7 2014 2:00pm

Greg Manchess What Mario Scietto Says Emmy Laybourne

This illustration is for the third story in a series of short stories that started with “Dress Your Marines in White,” by Emmy Laybourne. Irene Gallo art directed once again for Tor.com.

This story, “What Mario Scietto Says,” is mostly confined to a bomb shelter, so I didn’t have too much variation for images. There’s a point in the story where the main character, Mario, piles all of his survival gear together on a bed to prepare for leaving the shelter.

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Mar 7 2014 12:00pm

Cherie Priest Maplecroft The Borden Dispatches

Tor.com is pleased to reveal the cover for Cherie Priest’s Maplecroft, available this September from Roc. Maplecroft is the first novel in a new gothic horror series, The Borden Dispatches, which follows Lizzie Borden after the brutal (and possibly supernatural) murder of her father and stepmother.

Read on for a behind the scenes look at how the cover was made!

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Feb 26 2014 11:00am

Brandon Sanderson Words of Radiance The Stormlight Archive Words of Radiance draws ever nearer! The continuation of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive will be here on March 4th, but since we can hardly wait, we’re giving out more preview material. To hold you over while you wait for the release, here’s some interior art from the book.


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Feb 21 2014 6:00pm

So now that monsters have been added to thrift store paintings, Dave Pollot has taken improving art to the best possible conclusion! Pollot, a software engineer and artist, generally uses Star Wars to improve the paintings that his girlfriend, Becca, rescues from the trash, but Futurama characters pop up occasionally as well, as we see above.

[Check out more paintings below!]

Feb 19 2014 5:10pm

Star Wars, Leia, Craig DavisonArtist Craig Davison has a gorgeous painted series starring kids playing pretend as their favorite heroes. This Princess Leia is making us cry with her headphone hairdo and hair dryer blaster, mainly because we’ve been there and that was the easiest way to put that costume together for real.

Below we’ve got examples of droids, wicked witches and more! It’s time to relive all those perfect costumes you made out of toilet paper and safety pins and tape....


Feb 13 2014 1:00pm

LTD Art Gallery is hosting a show that is bright, and full of wonders! George R.R. Martin has sanctioned this fantastic art show of paintings inspired by A Song of Ice and Fire, and the work is as varied, and in some cases as dark, as the source material. We especially love Nicholas Delort's gorgeous “The Path of Faith,” above.

The Seattle gallery, which focuses on art inspired by contemporary pop culture (they seem to have a special affection for SFF icons) will host “Winter is Coming" from March 1st - 23rd, with an opening reception on the 1st! 

[Check out more paintings below!]

Feb 11 2014 4:10pm

Captain America, Bob Hall, Kitty Pryde, Terry Dodson

In the world of comics art there are plenty of fans who take exception to the way most women are depicted artistically on the page. This is not difficult to understand: breasts are defying all forms of gravity, waist-to-hip ratios clock in at Barbie levels of discomfort, and everyone is usually fighting in heels.

The return argument is that the men in comics are depicted in an equally unrealistic capacity, though any good feminist will tell you that there’s a difference between female objectification and male power fantasies. But it goes well beyond that realm, too. In fact, it might just be plain unhealthy. Literally.

[An interesting study...]

Feb 9 2014 11:00am

Fantasy art existed long before his birth in 1928 and has certainly continued to flourish since his passing in 2010, but it’s safe to say that few illustrators have had such an influence and emotional impact on the field as Frank Frazetta.  

Today, on what would have been his 86th birthday, I’d like to look back on Frazetta’s background and how such a unique person influenced fantasy art forever.

[Happy birthday, Frank]

Feb 5 2014 4:10pm

Spock on a unicorn by Tim O'Brien

This is an original painting done by illustrator Tim O’Brien of Spock riding a unicorn and it is going on the side of our van RIGHT THIS MINUTE.

The piece was commissioned for a Men’s Health magazine article but art director Lauren Panepinto spotted it during a show at the Society of Illustrators here in New York City. Our eyes turned into stars, the Star Trek theme swelled in our ears, and we turned to O’Brien to ask how he could so precisely chronicle our dreams like this he must be a wizard is he a wizard?

Look at the whole piece below!

[Spock riding a unicorn]

Jan 31 2014 10:00am

John Bauer

Today marks the Lunar New Year! To celebrate the Year of the Horse, we’re rerunning this horse-themed edition of Picturing..., originally posted in February 2013.

You don’t have to be an accomplished equestrian to see that horses are magnificent creatures—majestic, fierce, gentle, wise, often all at once. They are a staple throughout art history in general, as well as in fantasy illustration. Putting this collection  together, it was tough to know when to stop building; the amount of fantastic drawing and painting about horses seems limitless.

Above: Scandinavian folklore painter John Bauer. I have Charles Vess to thank for introducing me to Bauer’s wonderful fantasy work—he is now an all-time favorite of mine (both Charlie and Bauer.)

[Picturing horses]