Exploring science fiction and fantasy art from the 1970s to today.
William Black is a professional digital artist specializing in science fiction, space travel, and the future. He has done commission artwork for unspecified clients. However he profiles and sells personal copies of his work at his webpage. According to his Patreon page, he describes himself as an artist who puts art informed with realism based on hard science. The artist has had a lifelong interest in space travel and colonization. Mr. Black firmly believes that humanity will colonize outer space in the future starting with our solar system then off to the stars.
Necronomicon is the first major published compendium of images by influential Swiss artist H.R. Giger. The book became very popular in the world of sci-fi, and it was famously given to director Ridley Scott before he made the seminal science fiction film Alien — it's got an incredibly impressive 97 percent fresh on Rotten Tomatoes all these years later. Scott liked it so much he hired Giger to do the Alien art.
A long time resident of Wales, Alastair Reynolds is a best selling science fiction author, specializing in a form of space opera that is peppered with dark noir and gothic influences that still possesses a sense of optimism. He earned his PhD in Astronomy from the University of St Andrews (Scotland) in 1991 and went on to work for the European Space Agency. While there he became more focused on writing, working on short stories and eventually turning his attention to his first novel, Revelation Space, which was published in 2000. Due in much part to the Revelation Space series and his masterful storytelling, he was soon elevated to one of the new generation of science fiction masters. In 2004 he left his astronomy career behind to pursue writing full time.
H.R. Giger is legendary in the art world. He is the man who helped create the artwork behind one of Danzig's finest albums, made the xenomorph we all recognize from Alien, and also was one of the top sci-fi artists of all time.
H.R. Giger is one of the few artists out there who was born last century and still remains easily recognizable by pop culture. He's the mastermind behind facehuggers and xenomorphs. He's worked with Alejandro Jodorowsky on the unmade Dune flick. He's even become famous for album art.
H.R. Giger is one of the most famous sci-fi artists of all time, and his iconic artwork has become some of the most easily recognizable in the world. Throughout his career, he has scored quite a few amazing contracts that bolstered his fame.
H.R. Giger is one of the most famous names in modern art history, especially in the surrealist and sci-fi art genres. His work has graced magazine covers, music album covers, and even has been featured on clothing lines.
Since Carrie Fisher’s unexpected passing, fans have been taking to social media to pay tribute to a beloved actress, woman, and intergalactic savior. Old photos, videos and quotes have resurfaced of the galaxy’s favorite princess (and General!), taking on a new poignancy as fans reflect on Fisher’s legacy and marvel on the wisdom she imbued with every syllable she uttered. Every image is a statement. Every video is a teachable moment. Every sentence is a sound bite.
While artists abound who enjoy conjuring up astronauts, robots, space battles and creatures from another world, few are able to achieve the striking balance that makes the extraterrestrial imagery of Mario Martinez, better known simply as Mars-1, so compelling. Born of the skateboard and graffiti cultures of his Californian surroundings, and even more so by the trippy European Comics of Moebius and the pseudo-organic tech of latter-day anime, his paintings, sculptures, prints and toy designs evocatively convey the contents of an unbridled imagination. At the same time, his respect for scientific accuracy-even when pondering the far-flung future or the specifics of spacey species we (or most of us, anyway) have yet to encounter-invest his work with a vivid authenticity. This vintage HEAD interview presents a very organic and down-to-earth vibe of an artist whose journey was then at an early stage.
When engaged with science fiction as a genre, we are transported by the visual work of great sci-fi artists. Without their work in bringing books to life, and making films a reality, the science fiction world would be impoverished. While literature provides us with the opportunity to imagine science fiction worlds on our own, the work of artists allows us to share that vision with other fans and those outside the genre. Science fiction owes a great debt to the greatest sci-fi artists of all time.
"Olbinski’s lush images are layered with complex psychology. He does not paint the landscape of scientific reality, but rather maps the interiors of the mind..."
“It may be too simplistic to say that Li Tobler haunts Giger still… but there is no doubting that the simultaneous agony and joy of life with Li Tobler established the dynamic of fear and transcendence which is present in many of his paintings.” Li Tobler was the melancholic tragic muse of H.R. Giger. Her face haunts Giger’s depictions of ethereal women in many of his paintings, often peering forth from the torment of afterlife to a world beyond anything we’ve known. Shrouded in mystery, Li Tobler is Giger’s most familiar face, yet most unknown.