May 31 2011 3:32pm

2011 Chesley Award Finalists

The nominees for the 2011 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 Reno Worldcon, Renovation, August 17th — 21st.

Congratulations to all the nominees. Tor.com and Tor Books are particularly proud to have 6 nominations.

Click on the category headers to view the work.


  • Volkan Baga, for The Zombies of Oz by Christian Endres; Atlantis, November 2010
  • Jason Chan, for Geist by Phillipa Ballantine; Ace, November 2010
  • Jon Foster, for Dreadnought by Cherie Priest; Tor, September 2010
  • Todd Lockwood, for The Ragged Man by Tom Lloyd; Pyr, August 2010
  • Stephan Martiniere, for Ares Express by Ian McDonald; Pyr, August 2010
  • Anthony Palumbo, for Yarn by Jon Armstrong; Night Shade Books, 12/2010
  • John Picacio, for Elric: Swords and Roses by Michael Moorcock; Del Rey, December 2010
  • Dan Dos Santos, for Alien Tango by Gini Koch; DAW, December 2010


  • Kinuko Y. Craft, for Midsummer Night by Freda Warrington; Tor, November 2010
  • Don Maitz, for Blasphemy by Mike Resnick; Golden Gryphon Press, 08/2010
  • Gregory Manchess, for Spectrum 17 edited by Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner;
  • Underwood Books, Nov. 2010
  • John Picacio, for The Waters Rising by Sheri S. Tepper; Harper Voyager, August 2010
  • Michael Whelan, for The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson; Tor, August 2010


  • Julie Dillon, for Clarkesworld #48; September 2010
  • Nick Greenwood, for Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show #17; June 2010
  • David A. Hardy, for Analog; April 2010
  • Andrey Lazarev, for Clarkesworld #50; November 2010
  • Sergio Rebolledo, for Clarkesworld #40; January 2010
  • James Ryman, for Heavy Metal; January 2010


  • Thomas S. Kuebler, Scream Queen; mixed media
  • David Meng, Amphibiana; mixed media
  • Mark Newman, Eel Walker; bronze
  • Michael Parkes, The Letter; bronze
  • Jordu Schell, Ixana; mixed media
  • Vincent Villafranca, The Dogs of War; bronze

Interior Illustration

  • Jason Chan, Vilcabamba by Harry Turtledove; Tor.com, 2010
  • Jon Foster, Four Horsemen, at Their Leisure by Richard Parks; Tor.com, April 2010
  • Donato Giancola, Middle Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth by Donato Giancola;
  • Underwood Books, 10/2010
  • John Picacio, Elric: Swords and Roses by Michael Moorcock; Del Rey, December 2010
  • Keith Thompson, Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld; Simon Pulse, October 2010

Unpublished Color

  • Daren Bader, Isis; oil
  • Julie Dillon, Planetary Alignment; digital
  • David A. Hardy, Portals to Infinity; acrylic
  • Omar Rayyan, The Favorite; oil
  • Matthew Stewart, Waterfall Dragons; oil
  • Raoul Vitale, Torin’s Quest; oil

Unpublished Monochrome

  • Eric Braddock, Highborne; graphite & white charcoal on toned paper
  • Anthony Francisco, Tikbalang; digital
  • Ed Ko, Drawing for Beautiful Grim; pencil
  • Petar Meseldžija, UNK!; pencil
  • Ian Miller, Triptych; ink
  • David Palumbo, Zombie Girl; acrylic


  • Bob Eggleton, Dragon’s Domain: The Ultimate Dragon Painting Workshop; Impact, September 2010
  • Donato Giancola, St. George and the Dragon, promo art for Dragon*Con 2010
  • Lars Grant-West, Pact of the Blind, promo art for IlluXCon 3
  • David Palumbo, Transcend (aka Judgment), Heavy Metal tarot card; 2010
  • Sam Weber, Shadow Rising by Robert Jordan, promo art for Tor ebook; January 2010


  • Daarken, Harbor Serpent (Magic card, Magic 2011 core set); WotC, July 2010
  • Lucas Graciano, Amorphous Drake (Legends of Norrath); Sony Online Entertainment, 2010
  • Kekai Kotaki, Gaea’s Revenge (Magic card, Magic 2011 core set); WotC, July 2010
  • Howard Lyon, Eel Umbra (Magic card, “Rise of the Eldrazi” set); WotC, April 2010
  • Matthew Stewart, Bloodshot Trainee (Magic card, “Scars of Mirrodin” set); WotC, October 2010
  • L. A. Williams, Maritime Guard (Magic card, Magic 2011 core set); WotC, July 2010

Art Director

Lifetime Artistic Acheivement

Shown above: Lucas Graciano, Dan Dos Santos, Greg Manchess, Julie Dillon, Jordu, Donato, Raoul Vitale, Anthony Francisco, Sam Weber, L. A. Williams.

Cheryl Morgan
1. CherylMorgan
Proud as I am of Clarkesworld's championing of women artists, that should be Andrey Lazarev, not Audrey. He's Russian.
James Liang
2. Tsingtao
Congrats to Irene Gallo for being nominated!
Bridget McGovern
3. BMcGovern
@1--Fixed! Thanks, Cheryl :)

And while I'm here, I might as well second those congrats--to Irene, and everyone nominated!
4. amphibian
Wish I could see the 3 Dimensional gallery as well (broken link?).

Paperback: Alien Tango is such a goofy/cool illustration, I have to vote for it over the Geist one.

Hardback: Michael Whelan, majestic image. Althouh, I think Manchess should get retroactive awards for The Wizard Knight illustrations. Those were/are phenomenal.

Magazine: Lazarev, Clarkesworld 50. The Ryman Heavy Metal one suffered slightly from being a little too much "ogle-riffic", but was actually a very good image.

Interior: John Foster. Wow. Blown away by how good that one is. Jason Chan's is the #1A to that Foster #1 though.

Unpublished Color: Bader's Isis. Rayyan's Favorite was such a good homage to the Pequeninos from Goya (I think that's the artist?), but I ended up going with the more complex image.

Unpublished Monochrome: Ed Ko. This category was kind of weak though.

Product Illustrations: Sam Weber. Iconic take on a very popular character. I dislike WoT, but the image is too good to not honor.

Gaming: Bloodshot Trainee, Matthew Stewart. I stopped playing Magic years and years ago, but I remember that the goblin illustrations were always some of the strongest artworks in the game. This one is brilliant.

I don't know enough about the Art Directors or the Lifetime Achievement awards to contribute anythign valuable. Good luck to all nominees and keep us rolling in great art!
Irene Gallo
5. Irene
Thanks for your picks! It's fun to see what strikes people.

I wish we could link to the 3D awards but ASFA did not have a gallery set up yet. I'll keep an eye out and update if they do.

Thanks! It’s a cliche to say "It's enough just to be nominated" but it's true. I'm happy to know hat of lose, I'm losing to one of those guys -- great ADs and great friends.
Gary Rothkopf
6. Fenric25
Lots of great works on this list, can't choose from most of them, though I'd have to say The Way of Kings cover is probably my favorite (and not just because I'm a big Sanderson fan, it's just really, really good, which is what you expect from Michael Whelan (sic))-also, congrats to Irene Gallo for nomination, BTW, you bring a lot of great work to Tor.com! Congrats to everyone else as well!
Andrea K Host
7. Andrea K Host
How nice to see Julie Dillon gaining recognition. She's done several covers for me, and is really talented!
Andrea K Host
8. mirana
Congratulations Irene! Man, that list is full of amazing artists that I enjoy. Most assuredly deserved nominations.
Lisa Grabenstetter
9. magneticcrow
There is some talent on this list, no doubt about it! Really excited to see both Irene Gallo and Julie Dillon (twice!!) :)
But is anyone else alarmed by the fact that out of 66 slots, only 4 of those appear to have gone to women? This seems to be a recurring trend...
Andrea K Host
10. Katie Dalton
I am going with Gini Koch for the win!!! :) And Kevin Hearne Woot!

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