Announcing the 2014 Chesley Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2014 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 72st World Science Fiction convention, LonCon, August 14-18th,

Congratulations to all the nominees!


Best Cover Illustration: Hardback Book

  • Jason Chan – Lost Covenant: A Widdershins Adventure by Ari Marmell; Pyr, Dec. 2013
  • Kekai Kotaki – Quintessence by David Walton; Tor, March 2013
  • Maurizio Manzieri – Book of Iron by Elizabeth Bear; Subterranean Press, Sept. 2013
  • Todd Lockwood – A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan; Tor, Feb. 2013
  • Michael Whelan – A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson; Tor, Jan. 2013
  • Allen Williams Light Reading, Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling; Tor, March 2013

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book

  • Kerem Beyit – The Scroll of Years by Chris Willrich; Pyr, Sept. 2013
  • Jason Chan – Harbinger by Phillippa Ballantine; Ace, July 2013
  • Julie Dillon Ancient Discovery; Crossed Genres Magazine 2.0 Book One; Crossed Genres Publications, April 2013
  • Justin Gerard – Power Under Pressure (The Society of Steam) by Andrew P. Mayer; Pyr, Jan. 2013
  • Dehong He Shield of Sea and Space by Erin Hoffman; Pyr, May 2013

Best Cover Illustration: Magazine

  • Julie Dillon – Elliptic, Clarkesworld, December 2013
  • Dan Dos Santos – Fables #136 Vertigo, Dec. 2013
  • Maurizio Manzieri – The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March/April 2013
  • Cynthia Sheppard – Bull Spec, Spring 2013

Best Interior Illustration

  • Robert Hunt “Fire Above, Fire Below” by Garth Nix;, May 2013
  • Brian Kesinger – Walking Your Octopus, July 2013; Baby Tattoo Books
  • John Jude Palencar – “A Terror” by Jeffrey Ford;, July 2013
  • John Picacio – “The Button Man and the Murder Tree” by Cherie Priest;, May 2013)
  • John Picacio – The Good Life; Popular Science Magazine, June 2013
  • Greg Ruth – “Dragonkin” by Lavie Tidhar;, July 2013
  • Greg Ruth – The Running of the Bulls, The Running of the Bulls by Harry Turtledove;, March 2013

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Devon Dorrity – Cecaelia, Queen of the Ocean, clay
  • Thomas Kuebler – Krampus the Yule Lord, mixed
  • David Meng – Leatherback, resin
  • Michael Parkes – Goddess of the Hunt, 1/2 life-size bronze
  • Forest Rogers – Goblin Spider, Kato polyclay
  • Vincent Villafranca – Star Smith, bronze

Best Unpublished: Color Work

  • Rhea Ewing – Ancestor Series – Neanderthal
  • Donato Giancola – Huor and Hurin Approaching Gondolin, oil on linen
  • Stephanie Pui-Mun Law – Ships Passing in the Night, watercolor
  • Dave Leri – Death Squealer, oil on masonite
  • Annie Stegg – Lilaia the Naiad, oil on paper

Best Unpublished: Monochrome Work

  • Justin Gerard The Fox Princess, pencil
  • Rebecca Guay – Tender Morsels, graphite
  • John Picacio – La Luna
  • Travis Lewis Bone Collector, graphite
  • Ruth Sanderson – The Descent or Persephone, scratchboard

Best Product Illustration

  • Julie Bell & Boris Vallejo – Jeannie’s Kitten, IlluXCon 6 promotional art
  • Mitchell Bentley – 2014 Space Art Calendar; Atomic Fly Studios and Alban Lake Publishing, December 2013
  • Julie Dillon – 2014 Llewellyn’s Astrology Calendar June 2013
  • Justin Gerrard – “Morzag! Lord of Destruction” poster
  • Iain McCaig – Call of the Muse, Spectrum 20 Call for Entries poster
  • John Picacio – El Arpa (Loteria Card Illustration from Lone Boy)

Best Gaming-Related Illustration

  • Lucas Graciano – The Last Stand of Thorin Oakenshield for The Battle of Five Armies Board Game Ares Games
  • Tyler Jacobson – Ruric: Thar the Unbowed (2014 Core Set Magic card) WotC, July 2013
  • Todd Lockwood Observant Alseid (“Theros” Magic card) WotC, Sept. 2013
  • David Palumbo Serene Rememberance (“Gatecrash” Magic card) WotC, Feb. 2013
  • Steve Prescott – Prognostic Sphinx (“Theros” Magic card) WotC, Sept. 2013
  • Chris Rahn – Ashen Rider (“Theros” Magic card) WotC, Sept. 2013

Best Art Director

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

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

  • Jim Burns
  • Kinukyo Craft
  • Diane Dillon
  • Drew Struzan


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