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Fri
Dec 31 2010 11:19am

A is for Artist: W

A is for Artist: W by Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon

As we near the end of our journey through the alphabet some of you may have noticed a slight itching in the back of your eyes. Maybe you’ve felt hunger pains, not in your belly, but at the midpoint of your head. That’s where your visual cortex is found and that hunger signals the beginning stages of art addiction. Other symptoms include a compulsive need to discover all the names of teachers and friends of a particular well-known artist, exploding bookcases due to the weight of too many art books, and a deep knowledge of auction houses and their scheduled public viewings. Lastly, hives.

Don’t worry, the addiction is relatively benign and plenty of support groups exist. Just remember, it’s a scavenger hunt which has no list and never ends.

[Read more. NSFW images below]

Mon
Dec 20 2010 2:16pm

A is for Artist: V

A is for Artist: V

As we near the end of our journey through the alphabet some of you may have noticed a slight itching in the back of your eyes. Maybe you’ve felt hunger pains, not in your belly, but at the midpoint of your head. That’s where your visual cortex is found and that hunger signals the beginning stages of art addiction. Other symptoms include a compulsive need to discover all the names of teachers and friends of a particular well-known artist, exploding bookcases due to the weight of too many art books, and a deep knowledge of auction houses and their scheduled public viewings. Lastly, hives.

Don’t worry, the addiction is relatively benign and plenty of support groups exist. Just remember, it’s a scavenger hunt which has no list and never ends.

[Read more]

Mon
Dec 20 2010 11:30am

Solstice Countdown Day #20 Giveaway: Wheel of Time eBook cover print!

The Fires of Heaven ebook cover by Dan Dos Santos

The Solstice Countdown Day #20 giveaway is a large print from one of the Wheel of Time ebooks!

Which one? Your choice! You can peruse the gallery of covers here.

We’re giving folks the opportunity to enter twice in this contest. Once here on Tor.com and once on Tor.com Fantasy. (Remember, you need to comment under the Wall post about this giveaway to enter.)

The Official Rules: To enter, post a comment in this post and/or on Tor.com Fantasy saying which ebook cover you’d like—duplicates won’t count—until 11:59 PM EST). The winners will each be randomly chosen from these comments. Please check your email in the 24 hours after the giveaway has concluded; if we don’t hear back from the winner within 24 hours of being contacted, another winner will be chosen.


Info on Tor.com’s Solstice Countdown can be found here.

Wed
Dec 15 2010 10:27pm

Solstice Countdown Day #15 Giveaway: Spectrum 17, Signed

Today’s Solstice Countdown Day #15 giveaway is a copy of art annual book Spectrum 17, signed (and doodled on) by cover artist Gregory Manchess! (Check out his fantastic process post here.)

The Official Rules: To enter, post a comment in this post—duplicates won’t count—until 11:59 PM EST. The winner will be randomly chosen from these comments. Please check your email in the 24 hours after the giveaway has concluded; if we don’t hear back from the winner within 24 hours of being contacted, another winner will be chosen.


Info on Tor.com’s Solstice Countdown can be found here.

Mon
Dec 13 2010 10:38am

Announcing Tor.com Science Fiction and Tor.com Art Department

Tor.com Science FictionOn the heels of Tor.com’s Facebook and Twitter extensions for Fantasy and Steampunk, we are thrilled to announce two more members to the team:

Mark Chitty will be hosting Tor.com Science Fiction on Facebook and Twitter. Mark has been covering science fiction on his blog, Walker of Worlds and we are proud to have him aboard!

Tor’s own art director, Irene Gallo, will head the Tor.com Art Department on Facebook and Twitter.

We’re excited to welcome Mark to the group, along with Amanda, Ay-Leen, and Aidan. Utilizing these arenas allows us to dive into each subgenre on a more individual level than we can on the broader site. So much great stuff to explore and interesting people to talk with.... Our away-teams are raring to go.

Fri
Dec 10 2010 12:44pm

A is for Artist: U

As we near the end of our journey through the alphabet some of you may have noticed a slight itching in the back of your eyes. Maybe you’ve felt hunger pains, not in your belly, but at the midpoint of your head. That’s where your visual cortex is found and that hunger signals the beginning stages of art addiction. Other symptoms include a compulsive need to discover all the names of teachers and friends of a particular well-known artist, exploding bookcases due to the weight of too many art books, and a deep knowledge of auction houses and their scheduled public viewings. Lastly, hives.

Don’t worry, the addiction is relatively benign and plenty of support groups exist. Just remember, it’s a scavenger hunt which has no list and never ends.

[Read more. Some images NSFW]

Tue
Dec 7 2010 11:36am

Syd Mead, 2019: “A Future Imagined”

Syd Mead, the concept artist behind Blade Runner, TRON, and Alien, reflects upon the nature of creativity and how it drives the future.

2019: “A Future Imagined” from Flat-12 on Vimeo.

Sat
Dec 4 2010 10:00am

Solstice Countdown Day #4 Giveaway: Juvenile Book Pack from Gris Grimly & Charles Vess

Pinocchio illustrated by Gris GrimlyThe Solstice Countdown Day #4 giveaway is a pack of middle-grade and young adult books, illustrated by the darkly whimsical Gris Grimly and reknowned fantasy artist Charles Vess!

For the parents who can’t wait to gift their Sandman trades to their kids, but know it’s not quite time yet, we’re offering up four titles to ease the transition.

[Details below the cut]

Fri
Dec 3 2010 3:48pm

A is for Ackbar! Star Wars Nursery Alphabet

A is for AckbarWhen artist Brandon Peat and his wife Emma had their first child, they came up with a novel, endearingly nerdy way to decorate their son Tycho’s bedroom: an illustrated Star Wars alphabet.

A is for Ackbar, of course, and V is for Vader, but D isn’t for Death Star, and L isn’t for lightsaber. Brandon explains:

Selecting each letter was a lengthy process. The characters who made the cut are primarily from the Original Trilogy (no Prequel characters here!), with a few from the Expanded Universe of books, comics, and video games. We also tried to keep the illustrations as non-violent as possible (in the words of Wuher, “No blasters!”) for maximum kid-friendliness.

Check out the whole alphabet at the above link. They’re not yet available for purchase as wall decals, but for $15 you can get a book.

(Found via Storybird)

Fri
Dec 3 2010 12:49pm

Constructing the Art for The Sky People

Art for The Sky People by S.M. Stirling

I used to work at a studio of illustrators. One of our catch phrases at the time was, “generally, your first impression for an illustration idea is the right one.” Logic follows that if I just put down one sketch, it would likely be better than any that followed. And of course, this isn’t real.

The impression of the idea may be correct, but the solution is rarely so. It takes exploration, and as soon as I find a great solution, five more pop into my head. Each one leads to another. They start slow, then cascade. Solutions evolve.

[Read more]

Fri
Dec 3 2010 3:17am

Solstice Countdown Day #3 Giveaway: Star Wars Art: Visions

Star Wars Art: Visions

The Solstice Countdown Day #3 giveaway is the new Star Wars Art: Visions book! This huge coffeetable book contains more than 100 new art pieces inspired by Star Wars, in a vast range of styles and scenes. (You can see the trailer for the book here.)

Note: This book contains nudity and may not be appropriate for minors.

The Official Rules: To enter, leave one comment in this post—duplicates won’t count—in the next four hours (until 6:17 AM Eastern Standard Time). A winner will be randomly selected from those comments. Please check your email in the next 24 hours; if we don’t hear back from the winner within 24 hours of being contacted, another winner will be chosen.

Congrats to today’s winner, Galadriel! Who knew The Lady of Lórien was such a George Lucas fan?


Info on Tor.com’s Solstice Countdown can be found here.

Fri
Nov 26 2010 3:57pm

A geeky-crafty Black Friday (or anytime) shopping list

It’s Black Friday and anyone with any sense is staying far, far away from the stores. But, the holidays are coming and there’s shopping to be done so, here’s a few geeky ideas that you can’t find at the mall.

Crocheted Cthulhu

The cutest wee’thulhu you ever did see. Hand crocheted by Cthulhu Chick, available in a vaierty of colors, themes, and sizes. You can even get gift certificates to let your soon-to-be-demented loved ones choose their own demise.

[Jewelry, posters, and...soap?]

Fri
Nov 26 2010 1:00pm

A is for Artist: T

A is for Artist: T

As we near the end of our journey through the alphabet some of you may have noticed a slight itching in the back of your eyes. Maybe you’ve felt hunger pains, not in your belly, but at the midpoint of your head. That’s where your visual cortex is found and that hunger signals the beginning stages of art addiction. Other symptoms include a compulsive need to discover all the names of teachers and friends of a particular well-known artist, exploding bookcases due to the weight of too many art books, and a deep knowledge of auction houses and their scheduled public viewings. Lastly, hives.

Don’t worry, the addiction is relatively benign and plenty of support groups exist. Just remember, it’s a scavenger hunt which has no list and never ends

[Read more]

Sun
Nov 21 2010 12:33pm

Beth White and the cover to Cat Valente’s Deathless

Cat Valente’s Deathless cover

Behold! The cover to, Deathless, an upcoming novel by Cat Valente, due out in March from Tor Books. Artwork by Beth White, design by Peter Lutjen.

In a way this was a tough one—if only because all the cool-kids of Tor kept telling me how much they loved the book. The pressure was on.

[process and the alternate versions after the break]

Fri
Nov 19 2010 5:04pm

Rick Berry Wins Society of Illustrators Award for Amanda Palmer’s Cabaret

Rick Berry CabaretThe 2010 Society of Illustrators awards are starting to leak and Rick Berry has received a silver medal for his work on Amanda Palmer’s production of Cabaret. I believe the word is, “Woohoo!”

Rick’s paintings have appeared on countless science fiction, fantasy, and comic books, including Sandman, Stephen King novels, and the first digitally painted book cover for William Gibson’s Necromancer. Over the years Rick has split his time between illustration, galleries, and paintings for theatrical performances. Throughout, his work maintains a sense of otherworldliness,  a searching feeling of almost being there.

[How he created his winning work]

Fri
Nov 19 2010 2:22pm

A is for Artist: S

A is for Artist: S

As we near the end of our journey through the alphabet some of you may have noticed a slight itching in the back of your eyes. Maybe you’ve felt hunger pains, not in your belly, but at the midpoint of your head. That’s where your visual cortex is found and that hunger signals the beginning stages of art addiction. Other symptoms include a compulsive need to discover all the names of teachers and friends of a particular well-known artist, exploding bookcases due to the weight of too many art books, and a deep knowledge of auction houses and their scheduled public viewings. Lastly, hives.

Don’t worry, the addiction is relatively benign and plenty of support groups exist. Just remember, it’s a scavenger hunt which has no list and never ends.

This week’s installment is S, which stands for SUPER SIZED. Click through for a double portion of A is for Artist.

[Read more]

Thu
Nov 18 2010 5:58pm

For Those About to Rock, Part 4

Since the shift in pop music from classical, to jazz to rock and roll, science fiction and fantasy imagery has been a mainstay in album cover art. From some of the smallest and biggest names in illustration, art and music history. In no particular order over the course of this week, I’ll be collecting some of the most notable science fiction and fantasy images ever created. Check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

[Read more]

Thu
Nov 18 2010 12:39pm

Weird Wizard of Oz

Spectrum 17Spectrum 17, the premiere annual showcasing the best of science fiction and fantasy art of the year, is out and it’s my good fortune to have painted the cover image. Especially on a nice white background. (Thanks, Arnie!) I’m a fan of white backgrounds. Probably an influence from the Saturday Evening Post and a decade of the best paperback covers in the world.

[A breakdown of the cover after the cut]

Wed
Nov 17 2010 6:15pm

For Those About to Rock, Part 3

Since the shift in pop music from classical, to jazz to rock and roll, science fiction and fantasy imagery has been a mainstay in album cover art. From some of the smallest and biggest names in illustration, art and music history. In no particular order over the course of this week, I’ll be collecting some of the most notable science fiction and fantasy images ever created. Check out Part 1, Part 2, and Part 4.

[Gallery below the cut. Mildly NSFW]

Tue
Nov 16 2010 4:04pm

For Those About to Rock, Part 2

Since the shift in pop music from classical, to jazz to rock and roll, science fiction and fantasy imagery has been a mainstay in album cover art. From some of the smallest and biggest names in illustration, art and music history. In no particular order over the course of this week, I’ll be collecting some of the most notable science fiction and fantasy images ever created. Check out Part 1, Part 3, and Part 4.

[Read more]