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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. 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.


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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. 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.

30 review for The Art of Michael Whelan

  1. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    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 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 commissions and his own collection meaning that there are fewer commercial pieces (read book covers) out there. The book is printed to such a high standard it is incredible and although I love them puts the Papertiger books to shame. There are also a number of interviews and commentaries but like Mr Whelen says at the beginning - you probably have gone back to read them only after appreciating the artwork shown in the pages. Now I wonder where his Wonderworks book is!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    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... portals... pathways... pendants.. 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 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... portals... pathways... pendants.. 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 if you love art or just cover art.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Malum

    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. 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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Timothy Boyd

    Whelan is incredible. His art just leaps out at you. Very recommended

  5. 4 out of 5

    Diana Toole

    MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE ARTIST!!!!! When this book came out, it was simply a must buy. Period.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    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 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 he's making cover art. He can make the scene on the cover tell you just what the book is about, without giving away the entirety of the story. It's tantalizing, and beautiful, and his personal works are gobsmackingly gorgeous. If you can get your hands on a copy of this, do so.

  7. 5 out of 5

    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. Michael Whelan is an art 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 artist with many talents. He has a gift of taking a story or an idea and representing it visually with both subtle hints and broad strokes. His work, taken as a whole, is an impressive display of both vision and craft. This collection more than any of his others really showcases that perfectly.

  8. 5 out of 5

    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 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 completed works. This is a must read for any Michael Whelan fan. I think he needs to come out with other book soon, as this was published in the mid 90's.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Scott

    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 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.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    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. 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Viridian5

    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. 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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erinn

    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. 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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Large, clear images. I enjoyed the text about Whelan's technique, too. I didn't realize he experimented as much as he does. Large, clear images. I enjoyed the text about Whelan's technique, too. I didn't realize he experimented as much as he does.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jon

    The other book I have of Michael Whelan's artwork from the 90s. He is simply amazing. The other book I have of Michael Whelan's artwork from the 90s. He is simply amazing.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    i am really looking to own a copy of this book

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jim

    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... 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...

  17. 5 out of 5

    John Shaw

    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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    R.L. 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. 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Edalin

    Wish it had just a bit more info about the paintings, but I really enjoyed the interviews and stories about the featured paintings...

  20. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    Some instantly recognizable artwork in here, but some stuff I wasn't familiar with. Whelan never fails to impress me. Some instantly recognizable artwork in here, but some stuff I wasn't familiar with. Whelan never fails to impress me.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Zachary Harless

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rhett

  23. 4 out of 5

    M

  24. 5 out of 5

    Morgan Williams

  25. 4 out of 5

    Randell

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jared Millet

  27. 4 out of 5

    Daniel Cooksey

  28. 5 out of 5

    Evelyn Vasquez

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ed

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dan

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