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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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Sep 05, 2015 Molly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art

I enjoyed this art-book and the rest of his work that I found on-line.

I liked his cover art, but loved more all those series with...




the concrete ones

the seashell motif ones..

or a mix of a few

I actually have a few books with his cover art.

on my Italian edition of The Gunslinger (L' Ultimo Cavaliere)

Stone of Farewell (Tad Williams)

The Dragonbone Chair (T. Williams)

To Green Angel Tower (T. Williams)

The Snow Queen (Joan D. Vinge)

So, check it out. It's time well spent
Rich Stoehr
May 14, 2010 Rich Stoehr rated it it was amazing
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.

Michael Whelan is an art
Feb 14, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 26, 2015 Sean added it
When I was 12 or 13, I picked up my first Meat Loaf album Bat 2. The music was phenomenal, but I thought the artwork was equally amazing. I read the liner notes to that album and discovered the artist name was Michael Whelan. At around the same time, he had come out w/ a series of cards called "Adventures in Fantasy". I had been a fan ever since and was so excited to see that my library had a copy of this book. This book is borken up into 3 sections, each containing an interviews, sketches and c ...more
Aug 22, 2013 Scott rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
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.
Aug 02, 2014 Viridian5 rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 05, 2012 Craig rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 29, 2011 Erinn rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 09, 2016 Krystle rated it really liked it
Shelves: nf_artbook
Beautiful work, but missing some basic information at times.

I was intrigued by the Daetrin piece, but had to look online to even find out that it was for C.S. Friedman's The Madness Season.
Apr 30, 2011 Mel rated it it was amazing
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.
R.L. Martinez
Apr 22, 2015 R.L. Martinez rated it really liked it
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.
Jan 04, 2013 Edalin rated it really liked it
Wish it had just a bit more info about the paintings, but I really enjoyed the interviews and stories about the featured paintings...
Nov 20, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it
Some instantly recognizable artwork in here, but some stuff I wasn't familiar with. Whelan never fails to impress me.
Aug 30, 2008 Jon rated it really liked it
The other book I have of Michael Whelan's artwork from the 90s. He is simply amazing.
Mar 04, 2008 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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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.

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