Illustration

Hits and Misses

Before the unthinkable happens and I miss my deadline for this blog post, why not do a meditation on – deadlines. There is art for every occasion. There truly is. Obviously, I am not the only freelancer struggling with juggling things. Sometimes it’s hit. Sometimes, it’s miss. And sometimes it’s a near-miss. I’ve a good […]

IAAA Gallery: Pat Rawlings – Wide Open for Space

“Creativity exists well within structure.  I thrive by having limitations to work within.” Pat Rawlings concluded his TEDxNASA presentation with those words. It is hard to imagine a better definition of the process of creating science fiction or of working with a team of scientists and engineers who are attempting to create,visualize and obtain funding […]

Mechanical Men and Women

It’s one of Science Fiction’s classic tropes and has been responsible for some of the most beloved characters in the genre — robots. Robots are almost pure design personified. The whole concept of a robot is a manufactured man, woman or creature. Everything about it has to be thought up and drawn out or sculpted. […]

World Underground

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I recently signed myself up for a Horticulture Certificate with the Open Polytech, and have been assiduously studying the physical and chemical properties of soils all week – all in the service of surviving this largely unremunerated artist’s life I lead: I’m feeling all earthy […]

The Artful Collector: Collecting Ahead of the Curve

When we started framing F/SF calendar pages to hang on our walls in the 1960s (the days before commercial prints or posters were available) original Victorian “fairy paintings” by the likes of Fitzgerald, Cruikshank, Doyle and Dadd (not to mention the Pre-Raphaelites) were unfashionable.  Or, perhaps put a better way, given the topic of this […]

Sexism and the SFWA

So there’s a brouhaha brewing around the Science Fiction Writers of America and accusations of blatant sexism within that organization. (Actually it’s more like a raging storm in some corners). The controversy surrounds the 200th issue of the SFWA Bulletin, a magazine put out by the organization for its members. The controversy have been delineated elsewhere far […]

The Artful Collector: Should You Worry About Forgery in SF Art?

How important is Fraud in the SF/F art market? I could write lengthy blogs on how forgers break down and then reconstitute the same clay to fashion Mid- and South American artifacts, using original (thousand-year-old) molds.  But there are Archaelogy magazines for that.  I could tell you how numismatists weigh coins to identify the fakes, […]

The Mucha Influence on SF & Fantasy Art

You probably don’t know his name. You may not even know that there is a name behind the distinctive design, but you have very likely seen his work or a derivative of it. You will likely recognize it if you see it, even if you don’t know who it is. His name was Alphonse Maria […]

Mermaid

Time to leave the hustle and bustle of the future city behind, and delve into the deeps of the fantastic imagination. I’ll be looking at some aquatic creatures in this installment. Mermaids, for the most part. Mermaids are scantily clad by definition, and they are traditionally associated with seduction: therefore, there is an abundance of […]

The Artful Collector: Is it All in the Image?

At the heart of this debate is a real difference between how some creators of commercial art (i.e, art produced for the purpose of persuasion/marketing) view the kind of art they are commissioned to create, and how they view the art they create that no one is paying them to produce, what they call “personal […]

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Recently a documentary had its debut at the Cannes Film Festival called Jodorowsky’s Dune. The documentary by filmmaker Frank Pavich, examines a very early attempt to make a movie based on Frank Herbert’s iconic science fiction novel. Most people know the story of how in 1974, long before Star Wars came along and ushered in […]

The Artful Collector: Are Conventions Good Places to Find Art? (Part 3)

Throughout the 1990s, while weekend antiques and craft fairs, and even Ren Faires, were drawing tens of thousands of attendees each weekend, SF cons were still deliberating the good of “one day memberships” and advertising in local newspapers.  SF cons added video games, showed movies, invited author celebrities.  Didn’t help. What Happened? The rising cost […]

Traffic

First of all, I must apologize for the interrupted service on this blog – I have been in and out of hospital for the best part of last month, and eventually had to say goodbye to my gallbladder, so I had to skip last fortnight’s edition. I’m now well on the way to recovery, and […]

Interview – The Amazing Art of Anja Uhren

I met Anja Uhren recently at an Easter egg painting event. She was casually painting a face on an off-cut of card and I was immediately impressed by the effortlessness with which she produced a strikingly unique portrait, straight out of her imagination. Later I looked up her work online, and was so impressed, not […]