Announcing the 2013 Chesley Award Winners


The winners for the 2013 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 took place at the 71st World Science Fiction convention, LoneStarCon 3, in San Antonio, TX, August 29th–September 2nd. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

Winners in each category are listed in bold:

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book

  • Winner: John Picacio: The Creative Fire by Brenda Cooper, Pyr, November 2012
  • Dehong He: Lance of Earth and Sky by Erin Hoffman, Pyr, April 2012
  • Todd Lockwood: The Dusk Watchman by Tom Lloyd, Pyr, August 2012
  • John Jude Palencar: The Palencar Project edited by David G. Hartwell, Tor ebook, February 2012
  • Elena Vizerskaya: Flying in the Heart of the Lafayette Escadrille by James Van Pelt, Fairwood Press, November 2012

Best Cover Illustration: Hardback Book

  • Winner: Todd Lockwood: The Wild Road by Jennifer Roberson, DAW, September 2012
  • J.K. Drummond: Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson, Subterranean Press, March 2012
  • Bob Eggleton: Gods of Opar by Philip José Farmer & Christopher Paul Carey, Subterranean Press, June 2012
  • Donato Giancola: Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear, Tor, March 2012
  • John Picacio: Hyperion by Dan Simmons, Subterranean Press, April 2012
  • Sam Weber: Quantum Coin by E. C. Myers, Pyr, October 2012

Best Cover Illustration: Magazine

  • Winner: Ken Barthelmey: Clarkesworld #74 November 2012
  • Julie Dillon: Clarkesworld #73 October 2012
  • Bob Eggleton: Famous Masters of Filmland #262 July/August 2012
  • Martin Faragasso: Clarkesworld #71 August 2012
  • David Palumbo: Creepy #9 Dark Horse, July 2012
  • Craig J. Spearing: Dragon #418 December 2012

Best Interior Illustration

  • Winner: Sam Burley: “Brother. Prince. Snake.” by Cecil Castellucci,, July 2012
  • Brom: Krampus by Brom Harper, Voyager, Oct. 2012
  • J. K. Drummond: Deadhouse Gates by Steven Erikson, Subterranean Press, Mar. 2012
  • Bob Eggleton: Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs, MBI/Easton Press, Dec. 2012
  • William O’Connor: Dracopedia The Great Dragons: An Artist’s Field Guide and Drawing Journal by William O’Connor, Impact, June 2012

Best Monochrome: Unpublished

  • Winner: Raoul Vitale: “Last of His Kind,” pencil
  • Larry Elmore: “By the River,” oil
  • Travis Lewis: “Deep,” oil & mixed media
  • Jo?o Ruas “Sides,” graphite
  • Allen Williams: “Fawn,” graphite

Best Color Work: Unpublished

  • Winner: Julie Bell: “A Passion for the Future,” oil
  • Donato Giancola: “Joan of Arc,” oil
  • Lucas Graciano: “Guardianship,” oil
  • Michael C. Hayes: “Procession,” oil
  • Mark Poole: “Waiting on a Memory,” oil
  • Soutchay Sougpradith: “Peacock Prophecy,” oil
  • Raoul Vitale: “Safe,” oil

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Winner: James Shoop: “Ramautar,” bronze
  • Dan Chudzinski: “Gus Gets a Jetpack,” mixed
  • Michael Defeo: “Octopus,” resin
  • David Meng: “Sashimi,” mixed
  • Michael Parkes: “Startled Sky Nymph,” half life-size bronze
  • Vincent Villafranca: “Spaceman on the Verge,” bronze
  • Cindy Wynn: “Alien Chair,” steel

Best Gaming-Related Illustration

  • Winner: David Palumbo: “Ereshkigal, Death Mistress” (“Legend of the Cryptids”) Applibot Inc., April 2012
  • Lucas Graciano: “Dragon Swarm” (Pathfinder Campaign Setting: Artifacts & Legends) Paizo, October 2012
  • D. Alexander Gregory: “Chandra the Firebrand” (2013 Core Set Magic card) WotC, July 2012
  • James Ryman: “Princess of the Underworld,” (“Legend of the Cryptids”) Applibot Inc., April 2012
  • Sverlin Velinov: “Thundermaw Hellkite” (2013 Core Set Magic card) Wizards of the Coast, July 2012

Best Product Illustration

  • Winner: John Picacio: La Sirena Loteria card 2012
  • Jim Burns: “The Wanderers” (IlluXCon 5 promotional art) Munchkin Press, November 2012
  • Dan Dos Santos: “The Dragon Empress” (Dragon*Con promotional poster) August, 2012
  • John Harris: “The Search” (Illuxcon 5 promotional art) Munchkin Press, Nov. 2012
  • Iain McCaig: Concept and character design for John Carter, Disney, March 2012

Best Art Director

  • Winner: Irene Gallo for Tor
  • Lou Anders for Pyr Books
  • Lauren Panepinto for Orbit Books
  • William Schafer for Subterranean Press
  • Jon Schindehette for Wizards of the Coast

Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement

  • Winner: Brom
  • Larry Elmore
  • David Hardy
  • John Harris
  • Gary Lippincott


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