Summer is coming to a close, and for many of us that means new beginnings. With school right around the corner, hordes of us will be moving into new apartments and houses for the year, and with new digs comes the opportunity to update (or start) your collection of science fiction and fantasy artwork!
And the good news is, there are tons of artists selling their work directly online, and there are also some terrific art vendors. Here are 10 places to get some breathtaking artwork of spaceships, future cities and weird creatures, direct from the source.
Eggleton is widely recognized for his beautifully detailed space art, and is a highly acclaimed scifi, fantasy, and horror artist. He has also had a hand at film concept work on movies like Jimmy Neutron and The Ant Bully, and sells artwork through his pages on Nova Space Art (here, here, and here), as well as his personal "Art du Jour" blog; you'll find prints and the like on Nova Space Art, and everything from painting to chalk pieces on his blog.
Martiniere's science fiction and fantasy work has been featured in virtually every form of entertainment — including feature films, animation, video games, book covers, and even theme parks — for clients as diverse as Disney, Dreamworks, and Universal, to name a few. His list of honors include awards from the British Science Fiction Association, the Chesley Award for Best Cover Illustration, and the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist. A portfolio of his extensive work is available in gallery form here, and signed print editions of his landscapes, which can bring to mind worlds reminiscent of Blade Runner's as readily as those of the Star Wars Universe, can be found at his online shop.
John Picacio is a World Fantasy Award-winning illustrator of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. His other artistic accolades include the Locus Award, three Chesley Awards, and two International Horror Guild Awards. His artwork, which often combines traditional pencil drawing, painting, and digital composition, have a unique look and feel about it, and has earned him a substantial following. For an idea of how his artistic talents come together, check out his latest project, the 2012 A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar, available via his blog.
Ralph McQuarrie is something of a legend in the world of concept design, and rightfully so; the man is directly responsible for the look and feel of such iconic universes as the original Star Wars trilogy, Cocoon, Spielberg's E.T., and the original Battlestar Galactica. Visit his website, where there are galleries full of all kinds of incredible art from a number of his projects, and his shop, which features signed prints, cards, and magazines by the man himself.
Dylan Cole is a southern California art director, concept artist, and matte painter who specializes in film, video games, and commercials. He has worked on a number of science fiction and fantasy films including Tron: Legacy, Avatar, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and LoTR: The Return of the King, to name a few. You can visit his website to get a feel for his work, and be sure to check out the "prints" section of his site, where you can order signed prints of some of his jaw-dropping, otherworldly landscapes.
Back in the early 1970's, British artist and science fiction illustrator Chris Foss may have been known for his black and white illustrations for the first editions of The Joy of Sex, but his science fiction work — which featured spaceships, machines, and cities infused with an unprecedented palette of colors and meticulous detail — has been inspiring imitators for decades. You'll find several pages of fine art prints by Chris Foss in the Shop section of his website. There are no posters available at the moment, so these prints tend to be a little on the pricier side (on the order of £200 apiece), but each one is signed and numbered by Foss himself, and their brilliant color schemes add a level of depth that you'll be hard pressed to find anywhere else.
Michael Kormack is a Michigan-based fantasy artist specializing in digital art pieces. He has worked for a number of fantasy artists and institutions, including Robert Asprin, George R.R. Martin, and Wizards of the Coast. His website is full of some outstanding artwork, almost all of which is available for purchase in the form of signed, photo-quality prints. Plus, the majority of his work is pretty affordable, with most prints falling somewhere in the 15 to 30 dollar range.
Brooklyn-based artist Donato Giancola has been working for major book publishers and concept design firms like LucasFilm, National Geographic, DC Comics, and The Scifi Channel for close to two decades, and his accolades include awards from the Society of Illustrators, the Chesley Awards, and the World Science Fiction Society. His work is based largely on the use of oil painting technique, resulting in art that he describes as the product of "a classical-abstract-realist working with science fiction and fantasy." You'll find collections of original paintings, prints, portfolios, and even his Magic the Gathering proofs for sale on his website.
Epilogue & The Peddlar's Wagon
All of the work listed above comes from artists who are pretty well established in the worlds of science fiction and fantasy art, but what would science fiction and fantasy be without its fans, who not only support these genres but contribute to them, as well? Enter Epilogue, a website and resource founded by artists for artists whose sole purpose is to "help fellow artists to become more successful through high-quality exposure and community interaction."
By fostering this kind of environment, Epilogue "offers a uniquely diverse and creative environment for artists of all levels to learn and grow in their craft." You'll find all kinds of user-contributed art, a forum, and even a tutorial section. Check it out, along with Epilogue's print store, The Peddlar's Wagon, and support up-and-coming artists! (Image is of Elizabeth Caffey's "Flight.")
Gallery Nucleus also hosts Dylan Cole's prints, but after we started poking around the rest of the site we realized there was no way we could leave it off this list. Prices on items range from totally affordable to gouge-your-eyes-out expensive, and they carry a lot of limited edition items, so be sure to check out the "available art" section if you get tired of seeing the "sold" tag pop up. (Image is of Justin Gerard's "St. George and the Dragon.")