Michael Whelan

The Artful Collector: Moving into a New Era of SF/F Art

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 . . […]

Eric Gustafson Cover

Part Two of the Art of Covers

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 […]

The Artful Collector: The Major Awards for Artists and ART: The Chesley

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 […]

I Can’t Compete with CGI!

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 […]

A conversation with the Hall of Fame illustrator Murray Tinkelman

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 […]

The Artful Collector: The Major Awards for Artists and ART: The Hugo

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 […]

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, […]