Steve rewrites one of his earlier columns for Amazing (again!) just in case you want to know how he started in this whole “fannish” business. Do you care? Did you read it before?
Steve rewrites and repeats one of his earlier columns for Amazing just in case you want to know how he started in this whole “fannish” business. Do you care?
Steve looks at Robert A. Heinlein’s SF (and his use of nudity and sex in his SF) then touches on some other classic SF authors’ way of “doing it.” Is Heinlein still worth reading? See for yourself!
For the last of his NaNoWriMo “redux“ columns, Steve finishes his look at Ace Doubles cover illustrators. Nostalgia, indeed! Good old stuff from the Good Old Days!
Is that a Fuzzy Bolo hanging from your rear view mirror, or are you just a fan of Piper and Laumer?
No. You haven’t seen enough Star Wars yet
After congratulating himself on his 40 years doing conventions, Steve discusses a quasi-SF-ish book about superheroes on TV in the 1950s. It’s fun!
Barsoom. Sooner or later, every artist has to try their hand illustrating Burrough’s tales
Unlike in the olden days when we had to walk barefoot in the snow, uphill, both ways, to find fantasy art, today there are hundreds, if not thousands of online resources to slake your need.
Two new reviews by Steve: the new Michael Moorcock book and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Are they worth it? You bet they are!
Here’s one technique for wooing your Muse back
Fantasy art for consumers – pop culture fantasies
What good is traveling through space if you can’t look out the window? A spaceship voyage is no good without a window to look out of.
A look at “fine art” from SF/F illustrators.
The Hugo awards for Professional Artist, from 1980 through 1992, were dominated by artist Michael Whelan (Jim Burns won once during those years, in 1987). The rest of the decade, 1993 -1999, Whelan took turns with Jim Burns (1995) and Don Maitz (1993) before largely ceding the floor to Bob Eggleton in 1994 . . […]
Jane Frank takes us through the stages of mourning for book covers.
This week’s piece covers the remainder of the main ACE Doubles cover artists and illustrators.
Steve recounts the details of his fannish deflowering
Jane Frank discusses Michael Whelan’s value … no, wait, Jane Frank discusses the value of Micheal Whelan’s art… no, wait, Jane Frank discusses the value of value and how our different goals and perceptions influence the way we view, purchase and value art.
Every con has a name badge, and most of them are well designed, like a little piece of art. Badge collecting is a great way to save convention memories
The more we detect fake sentiment or emotion, or (in our case) pandering to a love of dragons and wizards – as opposed to honest “self-expression” – the less we are going to care whether “just for the love of it” was the reason for creation
IlluxCon is the best convention dedicated to sf/f Art in the world, today
Fans, publishers, art directors, and collectors expected Worldcon art shows to display the best-of-the-best art being created in the field, and top artists looked forward to meeting their expections. NO MORE.
This is part two of Eric Gustafson’s guest post for me on covers. It’s a huge topic, and even if you aren’t responsible for your own covers, you should understand how a bad cover can tank your book, and fight for a better one. You can find Eric here, to ask questions and check out […]
Browsing through my photo file yielded one of me taken at the 16th annual Chesley Awards, 2001, accepting an award for one of the winners. Which did not include me 🙂 (although I have been nominated three times, 1998 and 2004). The winners were announced, as is traditional, during a Friday night ceremony carved out […]
When I was in senior high school (thirty looong years ago) I had an appointment with a career counsellor. I had an aptitude for art and was interested in science.. Based on these two pieces of information he told me that I should pursue a career in computer art. I laughed in his face. You […]
This past February I had the great pleasure of speaking with Mr. Murray Tinkelman, the famous and award winning illustrator. This came about by my wanting to do something different for once in the blog. Mr. Tinkelman has been one of my favourite cover artists since the middle 1970s when he illustrated the front and […]
As I was downloading some bid sheets this week, in preparation for packing up the art to be displayed at the LoneStarCon3 Art Show, the 71st World Science Fiction Convention (San Antonio TX) I was suddenly reminded that someone needs to speak up for the Award that matters most to artists in the field: the […]
A collector asked me last year: Watching Heritage and other auctions for the past couple of years, it seems that the artwork and books that are selling best and at the highest prices are those from the 30’s-60’s. I realize that a lot of it has to do with the scarcity of things from that […]
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, […]