Chesley Award-Winner Spotlight: Michael Whelan

The Chesley Awards for achievement in art are given each year by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists at the World Science Fiction Convention. This will be a series of posts to spotlight each winner from this year’s event.

Today, a man that hardly needs an introduction. Michael Whelan is a multiple Chesley, Hugo, Spectrum, and Society of Illustrators award winner, and near universally considered one of the top five or so artists in the field.

Michael won this year’s Chesley for Best Hardcover Illustration for his work on Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings. (Shown above.) Michael had taken a break from book covers for a number of years so we, at Tor Books, were honored he was up for taking the assignment on. Even more so when we saw what a knock-out job he did. Check out the process post for that very cover here. Thank you and congrats to Michael Whelan.

Click here for the full list of 2011 Chesley Award winners and nominees.

Visit Michael Whelan‘s website for more images and to buy prints.

You can download desktop wallpapers of the Way of Kings here and see the painting process here.


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