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The Art of Michael Whelan

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Award-winning artist Whelan has illustrated the work of almost every major author in speculative fiction. Here are featured all the artist's major recent paintings, as well as a series of 25 never-before-seen works produced especially for this book. Over 100 full-color reproductions.
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by Bantam (first published 1993)
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Rich Stoehr
A beautiful presentation of a very talented artist. The prints are gorgeously reproduced on large, heavy pages, and Whelan's commentary on each piece is sharp and illuminating. Though I enjoy (and often look at) every section in this collection, I especially liked the section near the end that featured his personal non-commercial work. The painting called "Wing" never fails to take my breath away, and Whelan's description of his thought process in creating it is touching.

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Not to judge a book by its cover, but as I would browse the sci-fi/fantasy section, for a time, I could count on a book with a Michael Whelan cover to point me to a good read. At present, that is a less dependable technique, what with the change in styles of covers tending towards photography and photoshop, but that's a moot point regarding this treasury of Michael Whelan's art.

I love his attention to detail, without taking an absolutely literal description from the pages of the book for which h...more
Aug 22, 2013 Scott rated it 5 of 5 stars
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The largest Whelan monograph to date, and I don't think there is any overlap with the previous two, amazingly. This volume features work both old and new, and for the first time, a great deal of personal (non-commissioned) pieces. We don't get the final book cover designs this time, but we do get sketches and preliminary art, and Whelan again discusses each piece. There are also a few interviews. My favorite Whelan work, "Periwinkle" (for The Changeling Sea), is contained herein.
The art is still beautiful, but I miss the way Michael Whelan's Works of Wonder showed what the final cover looked like.

I find his commissioned artwork more interesting than most of his original work, also shown here. For me, he tends to recycle his symbols and elements too much. Though I've noticed that in the years since this book was published some of the art he originally did only for himself became covers for some books, mostly anthologies.
Whelan's been long recognized as one of the greatest genre illustrators ever, and this big, beautiful book showcases some of his best known work, and a lot of his private paintings as well. There are a lot of comments and explanations and interviews included which give a lot of insight into the meanings behind the paintings and the processes used to achieve them. It's a really lovely and fascinating volume.
My mom rocks for finding this at Goodwill and getting it for me. There was a time that my book collection looked like this guy's portfolio. The first time I paged through the beautifully printed pages I realized just how many books I bought because I loved his art work. In high school I wanted to illustrate book covers just like he did.
I am a BIG fan of Michael Whelan. His attention to detail and love of colour creates images that are as memorable as the stories they are selected to represent. I am fortunate to have a number of bookmarks to accompany various novels as well and I treasure each and every one of them.
Robin Martinez
Gorgeous book detailing the genius of one of the best fantasy artists alive. Illustrations are faithfully reproduced and the text gives great insight into Whelan's art and process.
Wish it had just a bit more info about the paintings, but I really enjoyed the interviews and stories about the featured paintings...
Some instantly recognizable artwork in here, but some stuff I wasn't familiar with. Whelan never fails to impress me.
The other book I have of Michael Whelan's artwork from the 90s. He is simply amazing.
i am really looking to own a copy of this book
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Michael Whelan is one of the world’s premier painters of imaginative realism. For more than 35 years he has created book and album covers for authors and musicians like Isaac Asimov, Stephen King, Ray Bradbury, the Jacksons and MeatLoaf. His clients have included every major U.S. book publisher, the National Geographic Society, CBS Records, and the Franklin Mint.

Since 1995, he has also pursued a f...more
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