A trip down memory lane – with art catalogs!
A conference on alien contact inspires a change in careers
The artful collector talks about illustrations, and the blurred line between private and commercial art.
A look at artist Mark Harrison and his move towards imaginative realism in his work.
A look at building a collection of SF/F art in the modern era.
A look at Walter Velez’s art and current projects.
Jane Frank takes us through the stages of mourning for book covers.
I am totally biased and opinionated when it comes to art. It has to connect with me in some emotional way.
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 […]
Once upon a time, science fiction and fantasy conventions were great places to find, and buy, original art – and, in time – reproductions of art created by the best professional illustrators in the field of SF/F illustration art. Now . . . not so much. What happened? Where did these artists go? And are […]
Well . . . .Once upon a time, and by that, I mean Art Collecting BDE (before the digital era) local, regional and “world” SF/F conventions were not just good places to find great SF/F art – they were just about the ONLY place to find it. Now . . . not so much. How […]
First, and let’s get this out of the way right at the start: I would never say that digital art isn’t Art. I have never claimed that digital artists aren’t “real artists” – as some traditional artists do – because “the computer does all the work.” I’m not spooked by the competition (go ahead and […]
Rich men (I am going to fall back on the male gender because most of the collectors in the field of illustration art and books are male) don’t let scarcity stop them from getting what they want. That’s what money is for. Put another way: When they see “sold” signs on paintings in my catalogs, […]