Celebrate Day of the Dead With Some Hauntingly Beautiful Artwork

Día de los Muertos is one of my favorite times of any year. So many artists are inspired by Muertos visuals, including my own Loteria card series. Here's a gallery of Day of the Dead-themed works from artists across the contemporary science fiction, fantasy, and genre art spectrum. » 10/17/14 3:30pm 10/17/14 3:30pm

The White Stag From Shadow And Bone Gets A Loteria Card Tribute

Grisha Trilogy author Leigh Bardugo and artist John Picacio have collaborated on bringing a little bit of Shadow and Bone-inspired art into the world. And we're going to exclusively reveal the collaborative project... now! » 8/15/14 9:44am 8/15/14 9:44am

Wow, this was a great year for book covers

Over at Stainless Steel Droppings, there's a fantastic survey of 2013 in book covers, showcasing just what a wealth of great art and design we saw over the past year. » 1/03/14 12:04pm 1/03/14 12:04pm

And Finally, How to Make Arya Stark of Winterfell Look Even More Badass

Over the past few months, we've featured Hugo-nominated artist John Picacio's fascinating tutorials on the process behind the artwork in his 2012 calendar for George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. Now, at last, here's the sixth and final process post — which might be the most exciting yet. For it features Arya… » 7/06/12 1:12pm 7/06/12 1:12pm

My Art Nouveau Vision of George R.R. Martin's Fiery Sorceress,…

June is almost over, and when you flip your 2012 A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar to July, you'll find Melisandre. My artwork for her is the focus of today's exclusive process feature here at io9. How did the flame-loving sorceress from Asshai become the icon for the hottest month of the year? Read on, and find out. » 6/29/12 4:30pm 6/29/12 4:30pm

Jon Snow knows nothing, but his portrait took a lot of careful study

In recent weeks, io9 has been the home of exclusive 'making of' posts for my George R. R. Martin / A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar artworks, including Eddard Stark, Bran Stark, and Sansa Stark and the Hound. This week, I'm sharing some of the process that led to my Jon Snow and Ghost artwork. » 6/22/12 1:59pm 6/22/12 1:59pm

Check out some of last year's coolest science fiction and fantasy art

Science fiction and fantasy books wouldn't be nearly as vital a part of our culture without their incredible cover illustrations and other artwork. And every year, the Chesley Awards celebrate the loveliest and most arresting artworks in the field. » 6/18/12 11:20am 6/18/12 11:20am

John Picacio for George R.R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire, 2012…

Game of Thrones meets Beauty and the Beast: My Vision of Sansa and the…

io9 has already featured 'making of' posts for my Eddard Stark and Bran Stark artworks for the 2012 George R. R. Martin / A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar. This week, I'm sharing how I created my artwork for Sansa Stark and the Hound. » 6/08/12 3:46pm 6/08/12 3:46pm

My Vision of Game of Thrones' Bran Stark, Atop Winterfell

Last week, io9 featured a post about the making of my Eddard Stark artwork for George R.R. Martin's 2012 A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar. This week, let's have a look at the process behind my Bran Stark artwork. » 5/25/12 3:00pm 5/25/12 3:00pm

How I Brought Game of Thrones' Ned Stark to Life

John Picacio is a super-talented cover artist whose art has graced many of your favorite novels — but many people now know him best as the creator of the 2012 Song of Ice and Fire calendar. Picacio's iconic art has helped to capture the splendor and squalor of Westeros for many readers. Here, in the first of a series… » 5/18/12 7:00am 5/18/12 7:00am

10 Places to Buy Amazing Science Fiction and Fantasy Art

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! » 8/08/11 10:07am 8/08/11 10:07am

Strange worlds and thrilling companions: A new book collects stunning…

The greatest science fiction art doesn't just light up your retinas with wonder and strangeness — it also makes you think, just like great science fiction writing. A new book, SciFi Art Now, contains mind-blowing futuristic and strange art. » 11/16/10 12:51pm 11/16/10 12:51pm

A steampunk Wizard Of Oz and iconic Star Wars poster art win 2010…

Check out this steampunk Wizard Of Oz painting, complete with a very otherworldly field of "poppies!" It's just one of the amazing artworks that won this year's Chesley Awards for the best fantastical illustrations. More of our favorites below. » 8/06/10 4:07pm 8/06/10 4:07pm

Vote for your the "best artist" Hugo — with your desktop wallpaper!

Every year, the Best Artist Hugo category is a dazzling sensory overload. How do you choose? For starters, Tor.com has desktop wallpapers by all the nominees, including this Age Of Misrule cover by John Picacio. [Tor.com, registration required] » 5/27/10 6:00pm 5/27/10 6:00pm

Book Artists And Designers Pick Their Favorite Recent Covers

What's more amazing — the arresting loveliness of many recent SF book covers, or how different from each other they are? SFSignal asked artists and designers for their favorite recent covers. Here are a few of the ones they picked. » 3/20/10 3:00pm 3/20/10 3:00pm

Demons, Physiognomists And Weird Dreams Come To Life

Artist John Picacio's fascinating mixed-media cover for all three books in Jeffrey Ford's Well-Built City trilogy won "Best Of Show" at Boskone 47, and it's easy to see why. Like Ford's books, it's haunting, byzantine, and full of mysterious depths. » 2/16/10 5:30pm 2/16/10 5:30pm

Revenge Of The Giant Space Tentacle

I've found myself admiring John Picacio's art a bunch of times without knowing his name. His images have appeared on the cover of a bunch of books from Pyr, Tachyon and several other publishers, including this wrap-around cover illustration for Son Of Man » 10/09/08 5:30pm 10/09/08 5:30pm by Robert Silverberg. His work has a grand kinetic sweep that…