Wonderworks: Science Fiction and Fantasy Art

Wonderworks: Science Fiction and Fantasy Art

Michael Whelan Polly Freas Frank Kelly Freas / Nov 24, 2020

Wonderworks Science Fiction and Fantasy Art None

  • Title: Wonderworks: Science Fiction and Fantasy Art
  • Author: Michael Whelan Polly Freas Frank Kelly Freas
  • ISBN: 9780915442836
  • Page: 286
  • Format: Hardcover
  • None

    • Free Read [Fantasy Book] ✓ Wonderworks: Science Fiction and Fantasy Art - by Michael Whelan Polly Freas Frank Kelly Freas ✓
      286 Michael Whelan Polly Freas Frank Kelly Freas
    • thumbnail Title: Free Read [Fantasy Book] ✓ Wonderworks: Science Fiction and Fantasy Art - by Michael Whelan Polly Freas Frank Kelly Freas ✓
      Posted by:Michael Whelan Polly Freas Frank Kelly Freas
      Published :2020-07-24T11:48:33+00:00

    About "Michael Whelan Polly Freas Frank Kelly Freas"

      • Michael Whelan Polly Freas Frank Kelly Freas

        Michael Whelan is one of the world s premier painters of imaginative realism For than 35 years he has created book and album covers for authors and musicians like Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, the Jacksons and MeatLoaf His clients have included every major U.S book publisher, the National Geographic Society, CBS Records, and the Franklin Mint.Since 1995, he has also pursued a fine art career and his non commissioned works are in established collections throughout the world.A graduate of San Jose State University with a BA in Painting and a President s Scholar, Michael went on to attend the Art Center College of Design also in California, but he dropped out to accept his first book cover assignment He soon became known for his dedication to bringing an author s words to life and Whelan covers dominated the science fiction and fantasy field throughout the 80 s and 90 s He was largely responsible for the realistic style of genre covers of that era, and his stunning color and composition have influenced many artists to this day.As the most honored artist in Science Fiction, Michael has won an unprecedented 15 Hugo Awards SF s Oscar , 3 World Fantasy Awards, and 13 Chesleys from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists The readers of Locus Magazine for SF insiders have named him Best Professional Artist 28 times in their annual poll and the Spectrum Annual of the Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art named him a Grand Master in 2004 Other noteworthy awards include a Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators, a Vargas Award, a Grumbacher Gold Medal, and the Solstice Award from the Science Fiction Writers of America.In 2009, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in Seattle, the first living artist to be named to the distinguished list that features such luminaries as H.G Wells, Steven Spielberg, Rod Serling, and Ursula K Le Guin.Michael is an adviser to the Masters in Fine Arts Program at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut.


    1. Wonderworks was published before Michael Whelan won his first Hugo or World Fantasy Award. This book clearly shows why he came to dominate science fiction, fantasy, and (to a lesser extent) horror cover illustrations. For cover you need a compelling image, but you also need to leave room for for the book's information. What set Whelan apart from so many artists is he took the time to read the books he illustrated. He captured the characters, their world, and the mood of the book. There are so ma [...]

    2. Michael Whelan is a good artist, but this is not his best collection. It includes most of his earliest, weakest published works from before he had found his distinctive style. While there are some excellent paintings here, there are also some problematic ones (including the unfortunate "horse catapulted backwards" cover of C. J. Cherryh's Well of Shiuan).The color reproduction is grainy and problematic. A number of images have subtle moiré effects suggesting they were shot from already-printed [...]

    3. Whelan's first collection features a good deal of early work, which of course isn't as good as it would be in years to follow, but it is still interesting to see the evolution of style. And, quality aside, it is nice to go back to a time when book covers weren't all stock photography. The book is divided into genre sections for science fiction, sword & sorcery, horror, etc. and has introductions for each by Poul Anderson, Anne McCaffrey, Alan Dean Foster, C.J. Cherryh, and Gerald W. Page. Mo [...]

    4. As someone who spent a lot of time in her teens buying books with Michael Whelan covers, this volume is a real pleasure to peruse, if somewhat nostalgic at this point.

    Leave a Reply