Today wraps up our Best Professional Artist Hugo spotlights. These are meant to give everyone a small taste for each artist and to show off some recent work. If you are voting, please take the time to visit each of their websites. It’s fun!
This was used for a volume of what is purported to be the very last Robert A. Heinlein unpublished material, which consists of scripts for a TV series in the 1950s based on his movie Project Moonbase. The science and the scenarios are dated but a lot of fun. I had full reign here to just paint up what would be a modern moon scene, but I took the angle that the ship in the image is a 1950s rocketship. That spaceships aren’t cool-looking pointed shapes is a big loss, at least visually, to the space program. The question here is, who are these astronauts? Are they from the ship or did they discover it from a previous mission? That’s up to you to ponder.
Oils 15x30 inches.
I love mammoths. All kinds of mammoths! In fact, this painting was so successful that the original was snapped up fast and it’s produced the springboard for my upcoming book Bob Eggleton’s Ice Age America. My wife Marianne is writing it and it’s going to be published by Impossible Dreams Press, probably in 2011/12. The book will detail the life of a tribe of Clovis People, roughly 10,000 years ago, with lots of color spreads (like this) and full page pieces with all kinds of later and now-extinct mammals. An example of doing a self-commissioned work that results in a cool project thanks to someone with vision and the willingness to back it.
This was used for the cover to Brian Lumley’s Haggopian and Others from Subterranean Press. I was inspired by Arnold Bocklin’s stunning “Isle of The Dead” painting, in a way, to do this. I always love the idea of some lost ancient city with Cthuhlu, the ageless elder god, lording over wreckage of those foolish enough to seek him out. This was a pure pleasure to paint—start to finish one of those rare instances something came out better than I thought it would! Artists are typically let down somewhere between the idea and the final image…this one exceeded that.