There are a couple challenges going on where people are reading the The Pulitizer and The Booker awards for fiction. After seeing the challenges, I got browsing some of the awards for fantasy and science-fiction. One such award is the Locus Award. One of the awards is for art, voted for by Locus readers, and I thought it would be interesting to take a look at the work by these artists. This years winner was John Picacio.
Star of Gypsies by John Picacio
Interzone by John Picacio
My thoughts on John Picacio is that he is amazing. Interzone is very much a piece that if I had wall space, I would want it hanging on my wall. His artwork very much has a fantasy/science-fiction feel to it (which makes sense considering he does covers for those genres, including some Star Trek covers). I have not seen the other peoples work, but I love his, so I am happy he won. He has a blog on his web site in case anyone is interested.
In 2004, 2005, and 2006 there was the same winner: Michael Whelan.
Cover to Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight
Beanstalk by Michael Whelan
Michael Whelan is an author I recognize, it appears he does the covers for authors such as Anne McCaffrey. He also does his own art which the second person is. He has been around for a while, it seems, and he has some amazing pictures! You can visit his website to see more.
In 2002, Bob Eggleton won.
Michael Whelan then won from 1980-2000. That's pretty impressive.
In 1979, Boris Vallejo won. He has a lot of art, and he does superheroes, so his art is recognizable. Just two paintings that I thought were impressive.
By Boris Vallejo Fallen Angel by Boris Vallejo