Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Every year, the art world chooses the best science fiction and fantasy illustrations — providing a visual feast for the rest of us. The Chesley Awards just chose its 2014 finalists, and there's an astonishing wealth of beautiful artworks to spend your afternoon admiring. See for yourself, below.

Top image: The Scroll of Years, artwork by Kerem Beyit.

Note: We're skipping over a few of the categories in the selection below. To see all of the glorious images of the finalists, head over to the Chesley Awards site.


Best Hardcover Covers

Jason Chan - Lost Covenant: A Widdershins Adventure by Ari Marmell; Pyr, Dec. 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Kekai Kotaki - Quintessence by David Walton; Tor, March 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Maurizio Manzieri - Book of Iron by Elizabeth Bear; Subterranean Press, Sept. 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Todd Lockwood - A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan; Tor, Feb. 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Michael Whelan - A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson; Tor, Jan. 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Allen Williams - Light Reading, Queen Victoria's Book of Spells, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling; Tor, March 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!


Best Paperback Covers

Kerem Beyit - The Scroll of Years by Chris Willrich; Pyr, Sept. 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Jason Chan - Harbinger by Philippa Ballentine

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Julie Dillon - Crossed Genres Magazine 2 Book One - Crossed Genres Publications, April 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Justin Gerard - Power Under Pressure by Andrew P. Mayer; Pyr, Jan. 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

DeHong He - Shield of Sea and Space by Erin Hoffman; Pyr, May 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!


Best Magazine Covers

Julie Dillon - Elliptic, Clarkesworld, December 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Dan Dos Santos - Fables 136

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Maurizio Manzieri - The Magazine of Fantasy and SF March April 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Cynthis Sheppard - Bull Spec Spring 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!


Best Unpublished Illustrations (Color)

Rhea Ewing - Ancestor Neanderthal

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Donato Giancola - Huor and Hurin Approaching Gondolin

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Stephanie Pui-Mun Law - Ships Passing in the Night (Detail)

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Dave Leri - Death Squealer

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!


Annie Stegg - Lilaia the Naiad

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!


Best Product Illustrations

Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo - Jeannie's Kitten, IlluXCon 6 promotional art

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Mitchell Bentley - 2014 Space Art Calendar, Atomic Fly Studios and Alban Lake Publishing, December 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Julie Dillon - 2014 Llewellyn Astrology Calendar, June 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Justin Gerard - Morzog! Lord of Destruction poster

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Iain McCaig - Call of the Muse, Spectrum 20 Call for Entries poster

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

John Picacio - El Arpa (Loteria Card Illustration from Lone Boy)

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!


Best Gaming Illustrations

Lucas Graciano - The Last Stand of Thorin Oakenshield for The Battle of Five Armies Board Game Ares Games (Detail)

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Tyler Jacobson - Ruric: Thar the Unbowed (2014 Core Set Magic card) WotC, July 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Todd Lockwood - Observant Alseid ("Theros" Magic card) WotC, Sept. 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

David Palumbo - Serene Rememberance ("Gatecrash" Magic card) WotC, Feb. 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Steve Prescott - Prognostic Sphinx ("Theros" Magic card) WotC, Sept. 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

Chris Rahn - Ashen Rider ("Theros" Magic card) WotC, Sept. 2013

Best Of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art: The Chesley Award Finalists!

And here are the categories not depicted above:

Best Interior Illustration

  • Robert Hunt - "Fire Above, Fire Below" by Garth Nix; Tor.com, May 2013
  • Brian Kesinger - Walking Your Octopus, July 2013; Baby Tattoo Books
  • John Jude Palencar - "A Terror" by Jeffrey Ford; Tor.com, July 2013
  • John Picacio - "The Button Man and the Murder Tree" by Cherie Priest; Tor.com, May 2013)
  • John Picacio - The Good Life; Popular Science Magazine, June 2013
  • Greg Ruth - "Dragonkin" by Lavie Tidhar; Tor.com, July 2013
  • Greg Ruth - The Running of the Bulls, The Running of the Bulls by Harry Turtledove; Tor.com, March 2013

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • Devon Dorrity - Cecaelia, Queen of the Ocean, clay
  • Thomas Kuebler - Krampus the Yule Lord, mixed
  • David Meng - Leatherback, resin
  • Michael Parkes - Goddess of the Hunt, 1/2 life-size bronze
  • Forest Rogers - Goblin Spider, Kato polyclay
  • Vincent Villafranca - Star Smith, bronze

Best Unpublished: Monochrome Work

  • Justin Gerard - The Fox Princess, pencil
  • Rebecca Guay - Tender Morsels, graphite
  • John Picacio - La Luna
  • Travis Lewis - Bone Collector, graphite
  • Ruth Sanderson - The Descent or Persephone, scratchboard

Best Art Director

  • Lou Anders - Pyr
  • Irene Gallo - Tor & Tor.com
  • Lauren Panepinto - Orbit Books
  • William Schafer - Subterranean Press
  • Jon Schindehette - Wizards of the Coast

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

  • Jim Burns
  • Kinukyo Craft
  • Diane Dillon
  • Drew Struzan

To see all of the fantastic artwork, and celebrate the achievements of the art director and lifetime-achievement nominees, head over to the Chesley Awards site.