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Jul 24 2014 1:45pm

These Chinese Lord of the Rings Book Covers Are Breathtaking

Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring WenJing Publishing Jian Guo Chinese cover

We can’t get enough of these Chinese covers for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, from WenJing Publishing. Artist Jian Guo applies such incredible detail to these nearly-monochromatic, stained glass-inspired covers. We also love how he incorporates Mandarin characters themselves into the design.

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Jul 18 2014 9:00am

The Art of Julie Dillon

Julie Dillon

Julie Dillon. Twice nominated for a Hugo Award for Best Artist, she’s become synonymous with awards ballots. The Chesley Award, Spectrum, and the World Fantasy Award, among others, have all named her as one of the finest illustrators working in science fiction and fantasy art.

Oddly, she remains under used in the cover game, with only a handful to her credit among major publishing houses. And among cover artists, her name recognition in comparison to stalwarts like John Harris and Michael Whelan lags behind, which is a fact not long for this world. Because Julie Dillon has something few artists lay claim to, a distinctive point of view.

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Jul 17 2014 1:30pm

This 3D Futurama Video Is Almost Like Having Futurama Back

Futurama 3D video concept art Alexey Rakharov so cool Matt Groening David X. Cohen

We were so happy-sad over the Futurama series finale last fall, but it was a fitting end to a series that ended up spanning a decade. Little did we know that this 3D take on Matt Groening and David X. Cohen’s series would be all we needed to suddenly want more.

Russian artist Alexey Zakharov has brought New New York—with a cameo by the Planet Express ship!—to life (or at least, stunning 3D), and wow does it look cool.

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Jul 16 2014 10:00am

Picturing Dragons

Picturing Dragons

Dragons are arguably the most ubiquitous and most beloved fantastical creature. Initially I shied away from dragons as a theme—they’re everywhere, where do you even start!? But they are everywhere because they are cool, and seeking out dragon images meant going down a delightful rabbit-hole through all ages, cultures, styles, and dispositions. So without further ado, welcome to Picturing Dragons, at 170 drawings and paintings, it is perhaps the largest installment of the Picturing series yet!

We start off (above) with one of the most beautiful renditions of one of the most famous dragons of them all, Alan Lee’s Smaug.

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Jul 15 2014 5:00pm

Advice to Aspiring Comic Book Creators

Gene Luen Yang The Shadow Hero

I turned forty last year.

When I was a kid, forty seemed like a lifetime away. I didn’t think about forty all that much, but when I did I imagined I’d have life figured out. By the time I got that old, I’d have cracked the code.

My actual fortieth year has been a blur of ink and airplane trips and diapers. Most days feel chaotic, but it’s a satisfying sort of chaos. And while I definitely haven’t cracked the code, I have learned a few things along the way.

That’s why, when I get asked for advice by aspiring cartoonists, I feel that I have something to offer. The following is for those of you considering a career in comic books. I hope you find it helpful.

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Jul 11 2014 10:00am

For Love or Money (And If You Do It Right, BOTH): Choosing a Career in Art

greg ruth pandemonium daryl gergory

We have a rather warped ethos for how we look at and deal with art and artists as a culture. There are roughly two camps of art-making, those who do it for fun as a hobby or are lucky enough to have married well or receive a trust fund or live in a hut, and those of us who make a living out of art and must navigate the treacherous waters where the profit motive and the creative motive meet, clash and dance together. That’s what this week’s post is about (suck it, hut-people).

When we’re kids, we don’t do it for the money. Art is a playground and a wonderscape we’re encouraged to utilize as much as possible. No one complains that their kid draws too much, or likes art too much. That comes later when you’re a grownup and you’re supposed to have gotten rid of this childish habit. Those of us who wish to or in my case, have codified this act of play as a career have a rocky road to navigate. Really much of the issues that will come at you in terms of balancing your need to feed yourself/your family are only struggles you’ll have to wrestle with when you make it your full time gig.

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Jul 4 2014 1:15pm

Announcing the 2014 Chesley Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2014 Chesley Awards, celebrating science fiction and fantasy art, have been announced. The Chesleys are given by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists each year. This year’s ceremony will take place at the 72st World Science Fiction convention, LonCon, August 14-18th,

Congratulations to all the nominees!

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Jul 2 2014 12:30pm

Can We Have These Gorgeous Book-Inspired Benches?

Peter Pan bench

Hoo boy, we are jealoooouuuus. Staring today and running through September 15th, London is getting a set of 50 book-inspired benches designed by local artists. It’s all from Books about Town, and we are so sad that they won’t be nearby where we can sit on them all day and read. Just look at these beauties!

[Check them out. No seriously, check them out.]

Jun 25 2014 3:15pm

Dave McKean Should Illustrate All of Our Dreams: Art from the Sandman Collection Dream States

Dave McKean Sandman Dream States Neil Gaiman

Artist Dave McKean previewed some of his transmissions from the dreamworld on Facebook! These gorgeous pieces will be included in Dream States, a new book publishing this November from Vertigo, collecting McKean’s cover art from The Dreaming, Sandman Presents, and Sandman: Overture, plus lots of new drawings and a short story written by Neil Gaiman. We’ve included a few of our favorites below, and we can’t wait to see more!

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Jun 19 2014 1:30pm

Fan Art Fashion Spreads for the X-Men Make Us Want to Walk the Runway

Kevin Wada, X-Men fashion spreads, WolverineYour eyes do not deceive you. That is Wolverine... in Dolce & Gabana underthings. He seems to be very pleased with this turn of events, going by his absolutely fierce pose. We know, Logan, we know. We’re impressed too.

Artist Kevin Wada has created an entire set of fan art that features the X-Men (and a few other Marvel characters for fun) in high fashion magazine spreads. They’re mesmerizing. They make us wish we currently had a closet to raid, so we could do our own fabulous photoshoot.

As David Bowie would rightly say: Turn to the left! Turn to the right!

[Magneto, Kitty Pryde, Storm and more...]

Jun 18 2014 1:00pm

Creating the Artwork for Yoon Ha Lee’s “Combustion Hour”

Combustion Hour Yoon Ha Lee Jeffrey Alan Love

This post originally ran on April 10, 2014.

Artist Jeffrey Alan Love has created a fantastic image to accompany Yoon Ha Lee’s short story “Combustion Hour,” available to read for free here 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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May 23 2014 10:10am

Over 300 Artists Are Mashing Up Akira and The Simpsons

The Simpsons Akira

Last week marked one of the greatest projects the internet has yet produced: BARTKIRA. Kaneda is Bart. Tetsuo is Milhouse. Lady Miyako is Lisa. And Akira? Akira’s Ralph Wiggum, of course.

Inspired by Ryan Humphrey and organized by James Harvey, over 300 artists have contributed to this effort to recreate Katsuhiro Ōtomo’s classic manga with characters from The Simpsons. Harvey established some guidelines and assigned character matches to keep things coherent...well...as coherent as Akira can be. But otherwise artists were simply encouraged to “make it awesome.” You can check out the art from the project on Tumblr, but we suggest that you block out some time, because you will not want to look away. 

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May 23 2014 9:00am

The Dust and Grit of Our Interstellar Future: The Art of John Harris: Beyond the Horizon

The Art of John Harris: Beyond the HorizonTitan Books has released another fabulous art book of a contemporary science fiction artist. The Art of John Harris, Beyond The Horizon is as beautiful as the images contained in it.

Titan gives Harris’ work a high-class setting, the staging it needs to allow the viewer to wander through the reproductions without a sea of grey-typed mind-splitting critique that tells us what to we’re supposed to glean from or accept about it. Explanations are minimized and give just enough information to understand what Harris was thinking. In short, it focuses on the gorgeous work itself.

[Take a look at that gorgeous work close up]

May 16 2014 11:00am

How the Cover Was Decided for V. E. Schwab’s New Book A Darker Shade of Magic

V.E. Schwab A Darker Shade of Magic cover Will Staehle

We’ve got an exciting bundle of announcement for fans of V.E. Schwab’s debut novel Vicious. The author has a new book coming on February 25, 2015 titled A Darker Shade of Magic and you can check the cover out right now!

London itself can be too much for the average citizen, but stack a succession of unseen Londons on top of that and...well, read on to see how artist Will Staehle went about turning that idea into a book cover.

[How the cover of V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic came to be]

May 10 2014 10:22pm

Tran Nguyen Wins Spectrum Gold Medal for “The Insects of Love”

Tran Nguyen Spectrum Award The Insects of Love

We are extremely proud that Tran Nguyen’s illustration for Genevieve Valentine’s upcoming Tor.com short story, “Insects of Love,” has won the 2014 Spectrum Fantastic Art gold medal! (A full list of winners here.)

Tran did a spectacular job of encompassing a beautiful and complex story into a single image. The image is a success at every level—emotionally, technically, and conceptually. Author Genevieve Valentine had this to say of the artist’s work, “Tran's haunting art for ‘The Insects of Love’ is gorgeous; the heroine's piercing gaze, the use of texture and light, and the leached-out palette are a ghost story all its own. But of course I love seeing my story in the details: one sister seeming to eclipse the other, surrounded (crushed?) by the natural world, unable to quite tell where one begins and the other ends.”

Our greatest thanks and congratulations to Tran!

May 10 2014 10:00pm

Announcing the 2014 Spectrum Fantastic Art Award Winners

The winners for the 21st edition of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Annual were announced this evening at the grand Midway theatre in Kansas City, at Spectrum Live, a weekend long celebration of fantastic art.

The Spectrum awards are chosen from over five thousand entrees. This year’s jurors were Cory Godbey, Anthony Kosar, George Pratt, Shelly Wan, and Allen Williams.

Congratultions to everyone, in particular Tran Nguyen for her gold medal on “Insects of Love,” a Tor.com short story coming later this month!

[The gold and silver medalists are...]

May 2 2014 11:00am

Will Staehle’s Cover Art for The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter

The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter Rod Duncan Will Straehle

Tor.com is pleased to reveal Will Staehle’s cover art for The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, the first book in Rod Duncan’s The Fall of the Gas-Lit Empire duology. From the catalog description for The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter, publishing September 2014 from Angry Robot:

Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life—as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better…

Below, artist Will Staehle was kind enough to share his design process, including a look at some alternate covers!

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Apr 21 2014 5:00pm

Clone Trooper Action Figure Photography Might Actually Make You Cry

ZahirBatin, clone trooper action figure photography

Over at DeviantArt user ZahirBatin has an incredible array of action figure photopgraphy art, including an array that scenes from days in the life of clone troopers. And sure, some people have seen The Clone Wars and think they’ve got the full measure of it, but these pictures really are worth a look. In part for the fun, absolutely... but if you also happen to tear up, we wouldn’t be surprised.

[A few more to peek at...]

Apr 11 2014 12:00pm

Tor.com Story Art We Never Got to Show You

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 Cover Art and Sweepstakes!

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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