Astrona is an online collection of artists resources and developers who specialize in space and astronomical art, science fiction art, visions of future worlds, design and visualization of technologies for living in space, space exploration, spaceships, starships, space colonies, etc. Take a journey through amazing images!
Wednesday, October 10, 2007

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

David Mattingly 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 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 B. Mattingly. Please do not use images without the permission of the artist.

Website: David Mattingly Illustration

Book: The Art of David Mattingly

Sunday, October 07, 2007

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 Gallery at DeviantART.

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

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Tobias Roetsch GT Graphics: GT Graphics

Tobias Roetsch at DeviantART: Taenaron Gallery

Saturday, September 22, 2007

John Harris is a British painter and illustrator, well known for his science fiction art and other work, such as landscapes and marine paintings. This is a classic style of sci-fi art like John Berkey.

Artist bio: John Harris was born in London in 1948, studied painting at Exeter College of Art and graduated from there in 1970. He has participated in numerous exhibitions both here and abroad, occassionallly showing with such groups as the Brotherhood of Ruralists. His first one-man show was at Double Vision Gallery in 1984. A preoccupation with scale and atmosphere is the hallmark of his work and which has led clients such as Shell, Phillips Electronics, George Lucas and many others to commission pieces from him. Sir Clive Sinclair has in his collection, many large-scale pieces of his work. In 1984 NASA invited him to witness a launch of the Space Shuttle and record the event in a painting, the first British Artist to be thus honoured. That work now hangs in the Kennedy Space Centre and is part of the Smithsonian Collection. Much of the work of this period may be found in the book "Mass: The Art of John Harris" by Ron Tiner, and "The Art of John Harris: Beyond the Horizon" by John Harris. Since then, his work has broadened to cover other areas of painting, predominantly landscape and marine painting, and when not engaged in his own projects, still produces for the commercial sector.

Check out the official website of John Harris, there you will find his detailed biography and selection of paintings.

Art Books:

Mass: The Art of John Harris

The Art of John Harris: Beyond the Horizon


Note: All artwork and images copyright © John Harris. Please do not use images without the permission.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Tim White is a British science fiction and fantasy artist, whose main focus is on commissioned artwork, primarily for book covers and magazine illustrations. As one of his generation's most successful fantasy artists, Tim White's paintings have become widely recognizable through their appearance on numerous book covers worldwide.

Born in Kent (1952), Tim White joined the Medway College of Art in 1968, where his unique detailed style was allowed to develop without commercial pressure, and he completed his course there in 1972. Leaving art college, Tim worked in several advertising studios. In 1974 his work was first used commercially on the cover of Arthur C. Clarke's The Other Side of the Sky, and since then, Tim White has produced more than one hundred book covers for many famous authors.

Tim White's work has been featured in numerous exhibitions and anyone with a selection of science fiction works will doubtless have encountered his illustrations. Aside from book covers and magazine illustrations, his work has appeared in and on: computer games and animation, TV adverts, CD covers, video covers, trading cards, postcards, prints and even puzzles. Several anthologies of his work have been published.

Please visit the Artists UK. There you will be able to purchase Tim White's fantasy art prints and posters, signed by the artist.

Art Books:

The Science Fiction and Fantasy World of Tim White

Chiaroscuro: The Art of Tim White


Note: All artwork and images copyright © Tim White. Please do not use images without the permission.

The Science Fiction and Fantasy World of Tim White by Tim White

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The Science Fiction and Fantasy World of Tim White

Book Description: Tim White's paintings give shape to the fantastic, to the might have been and what still could happen. With it's frequently optimistic tone and obsessive attention to detail, White's art offers a convincing landscape of the imagination. A collection of White's vivid commercial works spanning a decade... the captivating paintings that transport the viewer from the outwardly familiar to the alien skies.

Chiaroscuro: The Art of Tim White by Tim White

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Chiaroscuro: The Art of Tim White

Book Description: Travel with artist Tim White to the far ends of the imagination on the wings of more than 100 works most never before published in volume form. Using inventive photographic techniques to enhance his images, and experimenting with the infinite possibilities of color, he produces striking, sometimes haunting results. Among the very special paintings included are an alternative cover for William Gibson's classic cyberpunk novel Neuromancer; and the original roughs for the covers of Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy. Chiaroscuro is the second volume of Tim White's collected works.

Publishers Weekly: Renowned cover artist Tim White presents 105 of his fantasy paintings in Chiaroscuro, showcasing his impressive breadth of style: futuristic land- and spacescapes, urban and pastoral, peopled and unpeopled; humans, aliens and winged, four-footed, scaled and mechanized creatures; scenes of beauty, devastation, horror and, always, wonder. Paintings include the cover from Clive Barker's Weaveworld and Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy.