Michael Whelan

in Culver City, CA, The United States
June 29, 1950




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 fine art career and his non-commissioned works are in established collections throughout the world.

A graduate of San Jose State University with a BA in Painting and a President’s Scholar, Michael went on to attend the Art Center College of Design also in California, but he dropped out to accept his first book cover assignment. He soon became known

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When a fan wrote in asking why TOR hadn’t done a digital wallpaper for OATHBRINGER as they had for THE WAY OF KINGS and WORDS OF RADIANCE, I knew I had a project on my hands.

I’m a huge fan of Brandon Sanderson. I’ve been reading his work since Elantris came out in 2005. Naturally, I wanted to make that Oathbringer wallpaper happen.With Michael starting work on the next Stormlight cover early in...

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Groupread Topic(s) for Mar-Apr 2014. Usually we have two topics for two months, but that is dependent on feedback. Vote to steer the discussion!
1) Cover-Artist Theme: Tom had a great suggestion in the forum: Frazetta, Whelan, Kelly, Maitz, or Jones? Pick one artist and only read books with their covers.
2) Female Authors: Extending the Heroine theme might be fun too...toward any female author.
3) Write-in suggestions always welcome, just type something in the "Your Choice" field.

Any female author
  10 votes, 43.5%

Any Michael Whelan Whelan cover
  8 votes, 34.8%

Any Frank Frazetta cover
  5 votes, 21.7%


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