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Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Ultimate Sci-Fi & Fantasy how to Paint Video Tutorials

Charles Bernard the science fiction and fantasy book cover illustrator that produces the art instruction videos for ‘ImagineFX’ magazine has a website where you can access video tutorials that use sci-fi and fantasy paintings to teach you how to draw and paint.

Some of these video tutorials feature the greatest science fiction and fantasy artists in the world, such as Syd Mead, Jim Burns, Gambino, Chris Moore and others. The videos show you what it is that makes the paintings by these artists so great.

ArtTrek the video tutorial series will teach you all about design and composition. PaintingTrek will teach how to paint sci-fi and fantasy pictures. Their is also FigureTrek and PortraitTrek, as well as FREE podcasts that test your design sense and offer advice on how to improve your paintings, and much more.

Check out this Sci-Fi and fantasy website where you can watch art instruction video tutorials online or purchase DVDs.

Charles Bernard
Book Cover Illustrator and Art Instructor for The Online Art Academy

About The Artist

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Playing Cards with Sci-Fi Art

Olav from Norway pointed me to these interesting playing cards with sci-fi art. These cards were published in the early 1980s by Waddingtons (the set contained 32 cards). He trying to track down the artists who made the artwork and it was wondering if you know who painted them (except the photos and the ones from star wars). Unfortunately, I can't answer that question. Any suggestions?

Below are a few playing cards with sci-fi art for example. To see full set check out this page.

Playing Cards with Sci-Fi Art
Playing Cards with Sci-Fi Art
Playing Cards with Sci-Fi Art


Link: Playing Cards with Sci-Fi Art.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

David Mattingly Sci-Fi Art

David Burroughs Mattingly is an illustrator and painter best known for his numerous book covers of science fiction and fantasy literature.

About the artist from David Mattingly Illustration: David began drawing and painting as a small child, influenced by comic books, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and a wide array of artists from Jim Steranko, to N.C. Wyeth, to Jackson Pollock. After high school, he attended the Colorado Institute of Art at Colorado State University and later transferred to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. After school, he worked at Walt Disney Studios, ultimately becoming head of the matte department. He worked on The Black Hole, Tron, Dick Tracy, Stephen King's The Stand and most recently I, Robot for Weta Digital in New Zealand.

While at Disney Studios, David began doing freelance art. His first published piece was the album cover for "The Commodores Greatest Hits". His first sale of art for a book cover was for "A Wizard in Bedlam," by Christopher Stasheff, published by DAW Books. In 1983 he moved to New York City, and a year later across the Hudson River to Hoboken, New Jersey.

David has produced over 500 covers for most major publishers of science fiction and fantasy, including Baen, Bantam, DAW, Del Rey, Dell, Marvel, Omni, Playboy, Signet, and Tor. For Scholastic Inc, David painted 54 covers for K.A. Applegate's "Animorphs" series, along with the last 5 covers for the "Everworld" series. He illustrated the popular "Honor Harrington" series for author David Weber. He painted the latest repackaging of Edgar Rice Burroughs' "Pellucidar" books for Ballantine Books. He is a two time winner of Magazine and Booksellers "Best Cover of the Year" award, and winner of the Association of Science Fiction Artists "Chesley" award. Other clients include Michael Jackson, Lucasfilm, Universal Studios, Totco Oil, Galloob Toys, R/Greenberg Associates, Click 3X and Spontaneous Combustion.

After 20 years of traditional painting, David bought a computer ten years ago and has mainly worked digitally since then, preferring the powerful new tools that working digitally offers the artist. Most of his work today combines digital painting, and elements generated in 3D programs.


Here are a few examples of his work in science fiction: the classic style of sci-fi art. For more information, please visit the David Mattingly Website.

Art Book: If you like art by David Mattingly, please use the link to Amazon.com: The Art of David B. Mattingly: Alternate Views, Alternate Universes by David B. and Cathleen Cogswell Mattingly. Over 100 color illustrations done by David Mattingly.

Note: All artwork and images copyright © David Mattingly. Please do not use images without the permission of the artist.

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Link: David Mattingly Illustration.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Tobias Roetsch Digital Space Art

This set of digital paintings was created by Tobias Roetsch. On DeviantART he is known as Taenaron. Here are just a few examples of his space work. Click on images for a much larger version. To see more check out Taenaron's Gallery at DeviantART.

Note: All artwork and images copyright © Tobias Roetsch. Please do not use images without the permission of the artist.

Tobias Roetsch Digital Space Art
Tobias Roetsch Digital Space Art
Tobias Roetsch Digital Space Art
Tobias Roetsch Digital Space Art
Tobias Roetsch Digital Space Art
Tobias Roetsch Digital Space Art
Tobias Roetsch Digital Space Art

DeviantART: Taenaron's Gallery

Website: GT Graphics (in German)

Monday, September 24, 2007

Space Art Wallpapers

Collection of Space Art Wallpapers 1600x1200. I hope you like it. By the way, check out Space Art Gallery by Jesse Roberge at pbase.com, there you will find some other space wallpapers. For more beautiful hi-res images from space, visit the HubbleSite Wallpaper Gallery and Astronomy Picture of the Day. Well, and many more... just google it.

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