One of the things that was rightly praised so much in Guardians of the Galaxy was the lived in and used look that the universe had. And one of the most used places in the film was Knowhere, the giant alien head turned mining town. Get a better look at the mining pods in Stephan Martiniere concept art.
Stephan Martiniere is one of our all-time favorite science fiction artists, having contributed gorgeous cover art to tons of books. And it turns out he also painted some totally stunning concept art to Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. It's basically a space-opera feast.
Over at Stainless Steel Droppings, there's a fantastic survey of 2013 in book covers, showcasing just what a wealth of great art and design we saw over the past year.
Anthony Huso's novel The Last Page won plaudits, including a starred review from Kirkus, when it came out in 2010 — but now it has a totally kickass new cover for the trade paperback edition. Not surprisingly, this is the work of artist extraordinaire Stephan Mariniere. Check out the whole thing below.
Sometimes, you lift up anchor in the seventeenth century, only to find yourself two hours later at port in a futuristic land where reflective buildings crowd the shoreline. The technologies will give you time shock, but the rotting wooden shanties never seem to change.
Science fiction and fantasy books wouldn't be nearly as vital a part of our culture without their incredible cover illustrations and other artwork. And every year, the Chesley Awards celebrate the loveliest and most arresting artworks in the field.John Picacio for George R.R. Martin: A Song of Ice and Fire, 2012…
Summer is coming to a close, and for many of us that means new beginnings. With school right around the corner, hordes of us will be moving into new apartments and houses for the year, and with new digs comes the opportunity to update (or start) your collection of science fiction and fantasy artwork!
Every year, the Best Artist Hugo category is a dazzling sensory overload. How do you choose? For starters, Tor.com has desktop wallpapers by all the nominees, including this Age Of Misrule cover by John Picacio. [Tor.com, registration required]
We lost a giant of fantasy and science fiction art earlier this week. The internet has been full of artists posting their own homages to Frank Frazetta's inimitable style. Here are some of our favorites, some of them NSFW.
What's more amazing — the arresting loveliness of many recent SF book covers, or how different from each other they are? SFSignal asked artists and designers for their favorite recent covers. Here are a few of the ones they picked.
Welcome to The Jewels of Aptor, a biweekly column about the intersection of art and the fantastic. Never heard of French artist Stephan Martiniere? Well, you've definitely heard of the projects he's been involved with: Star Wars II and III, The Astronaut's Wife, Red Planet, I, Robot, Virus, and several other SF…