Announcing the 2012 Chesley Award Winners

The winners of the 2012 Chesley Awards were announced this evening at Chicon 7, the Chicago World Con. The Chesleys are given by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists each year for excellence in genre art.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book

  • Winner: Matthew Stewart for The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells, Night Shade Books (above)
  • Mitchell D. Bentley for The Alamo and Zombies by Jean A. Stuntz, Yard Dog Press, Dec. 2011
  • Dan Dos Santos for My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland, DAW Books
  • Justin Gerard for Heart of Smoke & Steam by Andrew P. Mayer, Pyr Books
  • Lucas Graciano for The Goblin Corps by Ari Marmell, Pyr books
  • David Palumbo for God’s War by Kameron Hurley, Night Shade Books
  • Jon Sullivan for The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder Pyr Books
  • J. P. Targete for The Sword of Darrow by Alex & Hal Malchow, Ben Bella Books


Best Cover Illustration: Hardback Book

  • Winner: Tom Kidd for Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison, Subterranean Press. (above)
  • Stephan Martiniere for Prospero Regained by L. Jagi Lamplighter, Tor Books
  • Lee Moyer for Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlin R. Kieran, Subterranean Press
  • Cliff Nielsen for The Tempering of Men by Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear, Tor Books
  • Greg Staples for The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard, Subterranean Press


Best Cover Illustration: Magazine

  • Winner: Lee Moyer for Weird Tales, Winter 2010/2011 (above)
  • Facundo Diaz for Clarkesworld July 2011
  • Laura Diehl for Fantasy, August 2011 
  • Carly B. Sorge for Apex Magazine, September 2011
  • Dariusz Zawadski for Fantasy, May 2011


Best Interior Illustration

  • Winner: Julie Dillon for “The Dala Horse” by Michael Swanwick, (above)
  • Scott Gustafson for Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe by Scott Gustafson, Simon & Schuster
  • Ryohei Hase for “Narco Americano” by T. J. English, Playboy, February
  • Greg Staples for The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard, Subterranean Press
  • J. P. Targete for The Sword of Darrow by Alex & Hal Malchow, BenBella Books


Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished

  • Winner: Raoul Vitale for The Yeti, pencil (above)
  • Justin Gerard for St. George and the Dragon, pencil
  • Stephen Hickman for Siegfried, ink on toned paper
  • Jo?o Ruas for Migration, graphite on paper, vellum & acetate
  • Allen Williams for Wood Nymph, pencil


Best Color Work: Unpublished

  • Winner: Omar Rayyan for The Dragon and the Nightingale (above)
  • Stephen Hickman for The Hero of the Apotheosis
  • David Palumbo for Through a Blood Red Veil
  • Eric Velhagen for Fantasy Feast
  • Raoul Vitale for Turin and Glaurang


Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Tie Winner: Michael Parkes for Moonstruck, bronze (above)
  • Tie Winner: Vincent Villafranca for Robobike, bronze (above) 
  • Gil Bruvel for Dichotomy, cupro nickel
  • Thomas S. Kuebler for Baba Yaga, mixed
  • Virginie Ropars for Autumnnalis Venenata, mixed (above)


Best Gaming-Related Illustration

  • Winner: Michael C. Hayes for Distress, 2012 Core Set Magic card,WotC (above)
  • E.M. Gist for Wandering Elf, Magic the Gathering: Tactics, Sony Online
  • Lucas Graciano for Pathfinder Player Companion: The Humans of Golarian, Paizo Publishing
  • Chris Rahn for Glissa, the Traitor, “Mirrodin Beseiged” Magic card,WotC
  • Matt Stewart for Creepy Doll, “Innistrad” Magic card, WotC


Best Product Illustration

  • Winner: John Picacio for George R.R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire, 2012 Calendar, Random House, July 2011 (above)
  • Stuart Craig for production design for the Harry Potter films, Warner Brothers, 2011
  • Lee Moyer for Check These Out, 2012 Literary Pin-up calendar, Worldbuilders, 2011
  • William Stout for Zombies 2012, calendar, Andrews McMeel, 2011
  • Michael Whelan for Gift from the Sea, Dragon*Con 2011 promo art & program book, 2011
  • Michael Zug for IlluXCon 2011 promo poster, 2011


Best Art Director


Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement


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