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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. ...more
Hardcover, 204 pages
Published October 1st 1993 by Bantam (first published 1993)
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Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
There is something about the art of Michael Whelan which always draws me in - he quotes that he likes to reference to the ethereal and yet realistic approach he takes to his art. A mix of fantastic and the realistic I guess. The result (and true they are not in this book but I suspect I will be shortly reading the companion volume too) is some of the most haunting and memorable artwork i has ever seen.

This book is now rather dated sadly with later pieces of work apparently going to private commi
Aug 13, 2015 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
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art
One of the artists that colored my formative years. If you read sci-fi or fantasy or bought rock/metal albums in the 80s and 90s, then you have definitely seen this guy's work. Elric, Lovecraft, John Carter, Heinlein, The Dark Tower, Pern...the list goes on and on. This guy is on the nerd Mount Rushmore. I don't know if he did any work for TSR, but his artwork definitely puts me in mind of the type of stuff people like Larry Elmore and Jeff Easley were doing at the time. ...more
Timothy Boyd
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Whelan is incredible. His art just leaps out at you. Very recommended
Diana Toole
Mar 11, 2016 marked it as to-read
MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE ARTIST!!!!! When this book came out, it was simply a must buy. Period.
Feb 14, 2012 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
Rich Stoehr
May 14, 2010 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
Sean Begley
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 rated it it was amazing
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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. ...more
Apr 21, 2011 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. ...more
Jan 23, 2009 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 29, 2011 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. ...more
Oct 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-books
Large, clear images. I enjoyed the text about Whelan's technique, too. I didn't realize he experimented as much as he does. ...more
Aug 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
The other book I have of Michael Whelan's artwork from the 90s. He is simply amazing. ...more
Mar 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
i am really looking to own a copy of this book
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
even if he had only done the covers for Joan D. Vinge's "Snow Queen" and "Summer Queen" this book would have been worth it... i bought those two novels because the covers were so amazing... ...more
John Shaw
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been a Whelan fan for ages.
It was going through
This book from 1993
That I realized just how much he
Impacted my youth.
He was the cover artist for
A substantial number of
My favorite books from that time.
He perhaps more than anyone
Has helped to shape the internal
Vision that my sense of wonder takes.
R.L. Martinez
Jan 13, 2014 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. ...more
Dec 14, 2012 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 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. ...more
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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

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