Illustration by Greg Manchess
Science fiction and fantasy illustration have been thriving for as long as art has existed. A stroll through any major museum features depictions of gods and demons, dreams and nightmares, and speculations on what lies beyond our boundaries from ancient cultures to today. Join us as we talk to five of the genre’s most celebrated artists and discuss their careers, the industry today, and where they see science fiction and fantasy illustration heading.
With Donato Giancola, Rebecca Guay, Greg Manchess, Sam Weber, Michael Whelan, and moderated by
Seating for this event is sold out and online tickets are not available. If you purchased a ticket for the February 9th event it will be honored for this lecture.
Limited standing room will be available.
Illustration by Sam Weber
Donato Giancola mixes science fiction and fantasy themes with classical realism. His work appears on countless books and magazine covers. He is well-known for his ability to bring Tolkien's Middle Earth to life and, mostly recently, won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators for his portrait of J. R. R. Tolkien.
Rebecca Guay’s lyrical work spans the gaming, comic book, and publishing industries. She brings a contemporary voice to her Pre-Raphaelite influences, built on a solid structure of great drawing. In 2012 Rebecca’s A Flight of Angels, appeared on many "best graphic novels of the year” lists. Rebecca also founded the Illustration Master Class and SmArtSchool, both highly sought-after workshops. The Michelson gallery will mount a solo exhibit of her work in September.
Greg Manchess has had his hand in just about every aspect of illustration throughout his 36-year (and counting) career — his work can be seen on book covers, advertising, magazines, US postal stamps, movie posters, and beyond. Greg creates classic narrative images with gutsy brushstrokes that make the viewer delight in the application of paint as much as the themes and stories being depicted.
Sam Weber combines realism with abstract ideas and fractured compositions often more associated with editorial work. His somber palette and impeccable technique creates a sense of unease within its beauty. Sam’s work can be seen throughout mainstream and science fiction publications, including the NY Times and Tor Books. He also hosts the illustration podcast, Your Dreams My Nightmares.
Michael Whelan is arguably one the most well-known science fiction and fantasy illustrators of our time. Reacting against abstraction and pulp cartooning of the 60s's and 70's, Whelan brought a clean realism to science fiction, showing us a bright future that seemed possible to walk right into. He has won every major award the field has to offer (often, many times) but in recent years has balanced his illustration commissions with gallery work.
Irene Gallo (moderator) is the creative director for Tor.com and Tor Books.