Friday, 31 August 2012

John Picacio, Lee Moyer win Chelsey Awards

Congratulations are in order to SciFi Art Now cover artist John Picacio and artist Lee Moyer for their much-deserved 2012 Chelsey Award wins, given by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists each year for excellence in genre art.

Lee secured Best Cover illustration for Weird Tales, Winter 2010/2011 above), while John won the Best Product Illustration category for his art in the George R.R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire 2012 Calendar published by Random House.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees, who are all listed below and include another SFAN contributor, Jon Sullivan. Wonderful to see the late Jean Giraud, aka Moebius, was recognised for his work this year.

Check out the galleries on the ASFA web site - there's some terrific stuff to enjoy.

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback Book

ASFA Gallery

  • Winner: Matthew Stewart for The Cloud Roads by Martha Wells, Night Shade Books
  • Mitchell D. Bentley for The Alamo and Zombies by Jean A. Stuntz, Yard Dog Press, Dec. 2011
  • Dan Dos Santos for My Life as a White Trash Zombie by Diana Rowland, DAW Books (above)
  • Justin Gerard for Heart of Smoke & Steam by Andrew P. Mayer, Pyr Books
  • Lucas Graciano for The Goblin Corps by Ari Marmell, Pyr books
  • David Palumbo for God’s War by Kameron Hurley, Night Shade Books
  • Jon Sullivan for The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man by Mark Hodder Pyr Books
  • J. P. Targete for The Sword of Darrow by Alex & Hal Malchow, Ben Bella Books
Best Cover Illustration: Hardback Book
ASFA Gallery

  • Winner: Tom Kidd for Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison, Subterranean Press.
  • Stephan Martiniere for Prospero Regained by L. Jagi Lamplighter, Tor Books
  • Lee Moyer for Two Worlds and In Between: The Best of Caitlin R. Kieran, Subterranean Press
  • Cliff Nielsen for The Tempering of Men by Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear, Tor Books
  • Greg Staples for The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard, Subterranean Press
Best Cover Illustration: Magazine
ASFA Gallery

  • Winner: Lee Moyer for Weird Tales, Winter 2010/2011
  • Facundo Diaz for Clarkesworld July 2011
  • Laura Diehl for Fantasy, August 2011
  • Carly B. Sorge for Apex Magazine, September 2011
  • Dariusz Zawadski for Fantasy, May 2011
Best Interior Illustration
ASFA Gallery

  • Winner: Julie Dillon for “The Dala Horse” by Michael Swanwick,
  • Scott Gustafson for Eddie: The Lost Youth of Edgar Allan Poe by Scott Gustafson, Simon & Schuster
  • Ryohei Hase for “Narco Americano” by T. J. English, Playboy, February
  • Greg Staples for The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard, Subterranean Press
  • J. P. Targete for The Sword of Darrow by Alex & Hal Malchow, BenBella Books
Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished
ASFA allery

  • Winner: Raoul Vitale for The Yeti, pencil
  • Justin Gerard for St. George and the Dragon, pencil
  • Stephen Hickman for Siegfried, ink on toned paper
  • Joāo Ruas for Migration, graphite on paper, vellum & acetate
  • Allen Williams for Wood Nymph, pencil
Best Color Work: Unpublished
ASFA Gallery

  • Winner: Omar Rayyan for The Dragon and the Nightingale
  • Stephen Hickman for The Hero of the Apotheosis
  • David Palumbo for Through a Blood Red Veil
  • Eric Velhagen for Fantasy Feast
  • Raoul Vitale for Turin and Glaurang
Best Three-Dimensional Art
ASFA Gallery

  • Tie Winner: Michael Parkes for Moonstruck, bronze
  • Tie Winner: Vincent Villafranca for Robobike, bronze
  • Gil Bruvel for Dichotomy, cupro nickel
  • Thomas S. Kuebler for Baba Yaga, mixed
  • Virginie Ropars for Autumnnalis Venenata, mixed (above)
Best Gaming-Related Illustration
ASFA Gallery

  • Winner: Michael C. Hayes for Distress, 2012 Core Set Magiccard,WotC
  • E.M. Gist for Wandering Elf, Magic the Gathering: Tactics, Sony Online
  • Lucas Graciano for Pathfinder Player Companion: The Humans of Golarian, Paizo Publishing
  • Chris Rahn for Glissa, the Traitor, “Mirrodin Beseiged” Magiccard,WotC
  • Matt Stewart for Creepy Doll, “Innistrad” Magic card, WotC
Best Product Illustration
ASFA Gallery

  • Winner: John Picacio for George R.R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire, 2012 Calendar, Random House, July 2011
  • Stuart Craig for production design for the Harry Potter films, Warner Brothers, 2011
  • Lee Moyer for Check These Out, 2012 Literary Pin-up calendar, Worldbuilders, 2011
  • William Stout for Zombies 2012, calendar, Andrews McMeel, 2011
  • Michael Whelan for Gift from the Sea, Dragon*Con 2011 promo art & program book, 2011
  • Michael Zug for IlluXCon 2011 promo poster, 2011
Best Art Director

Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement


Friday, 17 August 2012

2012 London International Creative Competition extends deadline for entries

The London International Creative Competition is inviting all visual artists to submit their creative work for inclusion in the London Creative Awards, which has a top prize of £2000.

The artwork is juried by a board of internationally esteemed artists, writers, curators, gallery owners and other luminaries of the visual arts. There is no limit to creativity. LICC has no boundaries and encourages you to push the envelope of your creativity. All disciplines are accepted.

Each of the 15 Final Selection winners will also receive a segment of the LICC Awards Trophy. When each trophy is fit together, it will form a completed piece of art work, like a jigsaw puzzle. On the 10th anniversary of LICC, all  the artists along with their trophies, will gather together and present their altered trophy. At that time, these piece will be united, combined, and put on display at an exhibition in London.

The categories are: Advertising Design, Architectural Design, Audio/Music, Environmental Design, Fashion Design, Graphic Design, Illustration, Installation Art, Interior Design, NetArt, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Sculpture, Textile Design, Video and Film
Web Design, Writing  and Other Creative Designs

Originally scheduled to end in April, the extended deadline is 8th September  2012. Entry Fee: Professional: £20, Student: £15 Prize: £2,000 cash prize, selected work published in LICC's annual Book of Creative Designs, a feature in the LICC newsletter, and the much sought after LICC Trophy at the London Creative Awards in September of 2012.

• For more information, please visit

Saturday, 11 August 2012

New Disney exhibition spans 90 years of company's incredible history

Here's a gem for California-based or California-bound Walt Disney fans: an exhibition of 500 artifacts from nearly nine decades of the company's history – over 50 per cent of which have never been seen by the public – including models, props, costumes, set pieces and artwork from throughout Disney history.

Organised by D23: The Official Disney Fan Club and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, D23 Presents Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives runs at the Califrornia-based Reagan Library into 2013.

This is the largest exhibition ever curated by the Walt Disney Archives and the largest temporary exhibit ever housed at the Reagan Library. Among the extraordinary Disney collectibles to be featured are:

  • The original script, written by Walt Disney, for Mickey Mouse’s first cartoon, Steamboat Willie
  • A faithful recreation of Walt’s formal office from the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California, including original furnishings and many of his personal items
  • Hand-drawn artwork and hand-sculpted models used in the production of some of the most beloved Disney animated film classics ever created, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Fantasia, Bambi, and Sleeping Beauty
  • Props from classic Disney live-action productions, including Mary Poppins, 20,0000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Shaggy Dog, Babes in Toyland, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, and more
  • Breathtaking props, costumes, and set pieces from recent Disney classics, including the Pirates of the Caribbean films, Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, TRON: Legacy, National Treasure and Captain America
  • Intricately sculptured busts of all 44 US presidents created for Audio-Animatronics figures seen in the Hall of Presidents attraction at the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort;
  • A salute to Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, showcasing theme park artwork, Audio-Animatronics characters, memorabilia, and authentic attraction vehicles
The exhibition also pays tribute to the long personal friendship and professional collaboration between Walt Disney and US president Ronald Reagan, which began many years before President Reagan’s political career. On 17th July 1955, Ronald Reagan was one of the co-hosts of ABC-TV’s live coverage of the opening of Disneyland, and as Governor of California, he frequently visited Disney’s first theme park.

After leaving the Oval Office, one of his first public events was a return to Disneyland, where he officiated at the park’s January 1990 35th-anniversary celebration, proclaiming it “one of America’s national treasures.”

D23: The Official Disney Fan Club celebrates the remarkable past, present, and future of Disney, taking its name from 1923, the year Walt Disney founded his world-famous company. D23 unlocks the magic of Disney with a host of exclusive benefits, including a quarterly publication, Disney twenty-three, a rich website at, a weekly e-mail newsletter; an array of discounts and special offers; free gifts throughout the year; as well as exclusive events created especially for its members.

Located in Simi Valley, California the Reagan Library houses over 55 million pages of Gubernatorial, Presidential and personal papers and more than 60,000 gifts and artifacts chronicling the lives of Ronald and Nancy Reagan. It now also serves as the final resting place of America’s 40th President.

- The Treasures of Walt Disney runs until April 2013. The Ronald Reagan Library & Museum is located in Simi Valley, California, about 60 minutes north of downtown Los Angeles and approximately two hours north of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. More info at and


Friday, 10 August 2012

Here be (Bob's) Dragons...

SciFi Art Now contributor Bob Eggleton has just announced the release of his long-awaited Dragon Kalender (2013), on sale from Austria-based publishers Weltbild.

If you don't mind owning a calendar in German, then for €9.99 (plus delivery) you get 12 amazing images of dragons, beautifully painted by Hugo award-winning fantasy/SF artist Bob in a large-format calendar (35 cm x 51cm. 

The small images here don't do justice to Bob's amazing work - check out the Kalendar's page for larger versions.

Publishers Weltbild launched way back in 1948 as a small family business and have gone on to become one of Austria's biggest mail order company for books, music, DVDs and gifts. 

• Check out their web site using Google Translate if you don't speak German via

• View or buy the calendar at:
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