Sci-Fi Artists and illustrators
is a freelance Sci-Fi and Fantasy illustrator who specializes in
airbrush work for nearly thirty years. Although he also works digitally,
airbrush is his favorite medium. His artwork is meticulously rendered,
vividly colored, and a touch surreal at times. On his website you can
buy original art, second-rights use, wallpapers, and prints.
is an Australian illustrator who creates artwork for magazines, book
covers, and motion pictures around the world. He specializes in fantasy,
futuristic, and surreal artwork. Bridges uses traditional and digital
art tools in his production which now spans over 30 years.
is a Sci-Fi artist from Sydney, Australia.
Most of his work has been predominantly for the film industry.
He was a matte painter on The Fifth Element, Lord of the Rings, and a concept
artist on Superman Returns, and The Wolverine. Recently painting interiors
for Interzone magazine and painting his own scifi work.
Patrick J. Jones
is an art teacher, author, and an artist who has produced artwork for
many major SF and Fantasy publishers. He also did concept work for
movies like Peter Pan and The Great Raid. He lives in Brisbane,
Australia. Originals, prints, art books, and videos are available on his
decided to be an artist before the age of five, and is now one of the
most influential SF illustrators in Britain. Since 1974 he has
illustrated the covers of hundreds of books on themes of science fiction
and fantasy by many well known authors. He also produced artwork for
computer games, record album covers, magazines, postcards, trading
cards, and even jigsaw puzzles. His artwork is colorful, imaginative,
and finely rendered with great attention to detail. He painted many
memorable alien landscapes and spaceships.
Peter Andrew Jones (1951- )
is a British artist and SF/Fantasy illustrator well known for his
individual style and book cover art from the 1970s and 1980s. His
artwork is smoothly painted with excellent composition and effective use
of dynamic motion. Many of his early paintings are simply signed PAJ.
Jones enjoys ballet, theatre, Ritmeester half corona cigars and alien
beings. Prints, image rights, and art books are available on his
Peter Elson (1947-1998)
was an English science fiction illustrator whose work
appeared on the covers of numerous paperback novels in the 1970s and 1980s.
He started specializing in this field after winning a Science Fiction Monthly
art competition in 1975. He is particularly known for detailed and colorful spacecraft illustrations.
is a freelance illustrator and concept artist who creates sci-fi, space art,
and surreal images. He specializes in doing artwork for video
games and book covers. He worked on various video games, including Unreal 2,
Dungeons & Dragons Online, and The Longest Journey.
On his website he regularly posts finished artwork, sketches, and articles.
Vicente Segrelles (1940- )
is a Spanish illustrator known for The Mercenary graphic novel series
that was mostly painted in oils and has been published in 14 countries.
He has been painting illustrations since the 1960s - mostly for the SF
and Fantasy market but he also did western, horror, war, children's
illustrations, and detective stories. Since 1998 he has been painting
digitally as well. His site contains free advice and hints on painting,
and image rights for sale.
Jim Burns (1948- )
is a British illustrator well known for his distinct and imaginative style that can include surreal designs.
He has won many awards and is probably the most well known SF artist in the UK today.
Most of his work has been done for the publishing industry, but he also
did pre-production work for film. Burns worked with Ridley Scott on the
Blade Runner movie.
Fred Gambino (1956- )
has been working in the science fiction genre since the early 1980s, and started
using computers in his work already in the mid 1990s.
Besides illustration work he also creates concept and production art for the film and
TV industry. See quotes.
John Harris (1948- )
is a British illustrator and artist known for his loose painting style
and depictions of spaceships, massive scale environments, and gigantic
structures full of mood and atmosphere. His pastel sketches are also
highly valued by the fans. Besides producing artwork for the SF market,
Harris also painted images for NASA, Shell, and Philips Electronics.
Originals and reproductions are available on his website.
Chris Moore (1947- )
is among the most well known UK artists working in the SF field.
His work is characterised by precise rendering, attention to detail, and strong composition.
He has done covers for many major science fiction writers
and worked with most publishers in the UK and USA. Moore has also produced
many covers for the Omni magazine, as well as Analog and Asimov's.
Prints available for sale. See quotes.
Paul Youll (1965- )
is the twin brother of Stephen Youll who is also a British book cover
illustrator mostly known for his science fiction and fantasy work. Paul
produced cover art for many of the best-selling authors (Isaac Asimov,
Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis, Ian McDonald, Charles Sheffiled and others)
and for all the major publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. He lives in a little
village north of England with his wife and their two cats, Fluffy and
Chris Foss (1946- )
was especially popular in the 70s and 80s for his Sci-Fi book covers,
but he also worked on concepts and visualizations for movie projects.
Foss is best known for his colorful spaceships, enormous and bulky
robots, and vast constructions. He is considered the originator of the
huge, riveted spaceship. This UK illustrator inspired a whole generation
of SF artists. See quotes.
is a UK artist and illustrator that specializes in space and
science fiction art and concept design for games.
Les Edwards (1949- )
is a British illustrator for over 40 years who is known for his book-
jacket art. He has worked in many fields and areas but especially in the
fantasy, science fiction and horror genres. He also painted movie posters for
films, including John Carpenter's The Thing and Clive Barker's Nightbreed.
On his website you will find image rights and original art for sale.
Melvyn Grant (1944- )
has been painting illustrations for publishers in the UK, Europe and the USA since
the 1970s. His artwork can be found on the covers of Fantasy, SF, Horror, Romance,
and Children's books. He is living and working on the coast in the Southeast of England.
Prints and wallpapers are available on his website. See quotes.
is an Italian illustrator devoted to science fiction. Since 1999 he has been illustrating the
Urania and Urania Mondadori book collection. In 2007 he started Invading the Vintage
Bruce Pennington (1944- )
is probably best known for his unique style and book covers from the 1960s and 1970s.
His covers for the New English Library and Corgi Books in the 1960s established
him as a cult figure among Sci-Fi fans.
He did covers for many well known writers like Isaac Asimov, A.E van Vogt,
Clark Ashton Smith and Robert A. Heinlein. Original sketches, drawings and
paintings are availabel on his site. See quotes.
Zoltan Boros and Gabor Szikszai (1965- ) (1965- )
is a Hungarian duo that has been producing SF and Fantasy illustration since the late 1980s.
Their work is the synthesis of two individual visions. They use both traditional and digital mediums.
is a French 3D artist, art director and freelancer. His
career started in 1993 and is based in the video games industry where
he contributed to many games including Myst IV revelation, and Naruto: rise of a ninja.
Pascal specializes in creating artwork with alien characters using unusual color palette.
Instructional DVD for sale is available on his website.
(1956- ) also known as Manchu, is a French illustrator who
started painting SF artwork in 1984. Manchu is also producing astronomical
illustration for magazines and space agencies. On his blog he regularly
posts work-in-progress shots, color comps, recently finished artwork, and sketches
done in markers and inks.
is a Polish freelance concept artist and illustrator. His main focus is
on creating concept art and illustration for promotion and advertising of video games.
His client list also includes movie studios like Warner Bros, Marvel, DC,
Thunder Road Pictures and 20th Century Fox.
is a book and CD cover illustrator who works in the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror
genres. He created artwork for many acclaimed authors such as Clive Barker, Stephen King,
Arthur C. Clarke and others. He lives in the UK.
(1969- ) is a freelance artist from the Netherlands who
specializes in sci-fi concept art, environment design and illustration.
He uses traditional and digital media for his artwork: photoshop, gouache, oils
and acrylics. His paintings are rich in imaginative landscapes that are
very organic and alien looking. Haas also paints traditional landscapes
which he exhibits online and in galleries. On his website you will find
posters and original paintings and drawings for sale. He resides in
is a SF/Fantasy illustrator and fine art artist particularly fond of and influenced by victorian fantasy paintings.
He has created motion picture production designs, film advertising,
computer game design, and well over 100 book covers for the works of such authors as Edgar
Rice Burruoghs, Marion Zimmer Bradley, and Roger Zelazny. He lives in Nevada.
Barclay Shaw (1949- ) -
his work covers a broad range of subject
matter and use of materials, ranging from traditional to digital arts
and sculpture, and is notable for its surrealistic overtones, and
diverse and colorful style.
is a multi-award winning American science fiction, fantasy, and commercial artist.
He paints in oils and acrylics in a distinct style that is rich in color and often with a touch of sly humor.
He created the Captain Morgan Spiced Rum pirate character - his most widely known creation.
Among his clients are: The National Geographic Society, Bantam Doubleday Dell, Warner books,
Random House Publishing, and Penguin USA. He resides in Florida.
has painted over 350 science fiction and fantasy book covers since 1976.
He works in two distinct styles of expression. His sci-fi style is smooth, clean,
and with bright colors. His fantasy style is more painterly, graceful and sensuous - inspired by
Golden Age illustrators, Pre-Raphaelites and Art Nouveau. He favors oils, but has used
acrylics and watercolors in the past. Hickman's work has earned him critical acclaim,
including a Hugo Award and 5 Chesley Awards.
is an American artist who has created many images for a wide range of products
and clients including video game covers, collectible card images, book covers,
collectors plates and fantasy pocket knives.
is a British illustrator who lives in New Jersey and is the twin brother
of Paul Youll. He painted illustrations for almost all major SF
publishers: Tor, Bantam, Avon Books, DAW, Warner, Ballantine, Penguin,
and DC Comics. One of his assignments was to repackage Isaac Asimov's
entire Foundation series, the Robot series and the Empire novels. He
paints in acrylics and oils but also works digitally.
Michael Whelan (1950- )
is a highly influential, multi-award winning American illustrator. Known
for producing evocative, inventive, and precisely painted artwork.
For over 30 years Whelan worked as an illustrator specializing in
science fiction and fantasy cover art. He now focuses primarily on personal fine art.
Art books, prints, and original art is available on his website.
Donato Giancola (1967- )
is an award winning American artist who specializes in science fiction
and fantasy illustration. Giancola describes himself as a "classical-abstract-realist".
He paints in a style inspired by figurative realism
of the European masters like Caravaggio, Peter Paul Rubens, Ribera, Diego
Velázquez, Valentine de Bologne and others. Giancola works in
oils and his paintings can vary greatly in size. Besides producing
artwork for the commercial market he also accepts private commissions
and paints portraits. On his website you will find instructional DVDs,
prints, original paintings and drawings for sale.
Romas Kukalis -
signs only with his first name and is best known for his work as a cover artist for works
of speculative fiction, including the Animorphs Chronicles.
Bob Eggleton (1960- )
has been painting illustrations for sci-fi, fantasy, and horror book covers since 1984.
He works in acrylics, oils, and frequently employs the use of an airbrush.
Bob is especially fond of painting monsters, including the Japanese Godzilla,
and often posts original artwork for sale on his blog.
Frank Kelly Freas (1922-2005)
was called the "Dean of Science Fiction Artists" and recognized as one
of the most prolific and popular SF artist worldwide - and the first
artist to win ten Hugo Awards. He was the top artist at Analog and
painted most of the magazine's covers from mid 1960s to 1971. Freas was
also a NASA artist and produced posters for the agency. He was allergic
to oils and painted primarily in acrylics.
John Berkey (1932-2008)
was an influential and innovative Sci-Fi artist, perhaps best known for his unique painterly
style and majestic spaceships of enormous scale soaring through outer space.
Besides painting book and magazine covers Berkey produced illustration for
calendars, movie posters, advertising, stamps, and did personal works.
Original paintings, licensing, and sketches for sale.
Vincent Di Fate (1945- )
has been producing Sci-Fi paintings for paperback covers, dust jackets,
magazines, gallery and museum exhibitions. Influenced by pulp magazines
and cinema, Di Fate has produced some 3,500 illustrations and covers
since the mid-1960s. He is also the author of Infinite Worlds art book -
a comprehensive collection of science fiction art.
Marc Gabbana -
a freelance Illustrator and a concept artist from San Francisco. Worked on the Matrix sequels,
the Star Wars prequels and many other movies.
David B. Mattingly -
David has produced over 500 covers for most major publishers of science fiction and fantasy.
After 20 years of traditional painting most of his work today combines digital painting,
and elements created in 3D programs. He lives in New Jersey.
Stephan Martiniere (1962- )
a freelance illustrator and concept artist who worked on feature films
(Star Wars 2, Star Trek, Tron Legacy and others),
video games, animations, and has done over 100 book covers. He resides in Texas.
Alan Gutierrez (1958- )
has been producing illustrations since the early 1980s
for book covers, game trading cards, Anime fanart, and covers for Popular Mechanics.
He lives in Arizona.
Scott Grimando -
specializes in illustration, conceptual imaging, and graphic design. Since 1994 Grimando has
been creating fantasy, sci-fi, horror, and advertising illustrations.
He also offers photography and photo retouching services.
Dave Seeley -
a Boston based illustrator whose work can be seen in games, movies, and on book and magazine covers.
His approach is to paint over a photo-collage printed out on archival media.
Originals and prints for sale.
John Zeleznik -
has produced paintings for book covers and illustrations for many
role-playing games including Shadowrun, Rifts, and GURPS.
He lives in California.
Alan Pollack (1964- )
a Sci-Fi and Fantasy illustrator who has painted artwork for many RPG companies,
including Wizards of the Coast and T.S.R, and has produced covers for most
of the leading book publishers in USA. Prints and card set proofs for sale.
is an artist from Nashville, Tennessee, who specializes in sci-fi art, but also does fantasy and horror
illustration. He paints in acrylics and uses Second Life as a 3D sketching tool
for design ideas.
John Schoenherr (1935-2010)
was among the best SF magazine illustrators of the 1960s in the USA. Known for strong
composition and believable alien creature designs, and for his illustrations of the
Dune World stories written by Frank Herbert that first appeared in Analog
and later would be known as the Dune novel. His son, Ian Schoenherr, writes
an interesting blog devoted to
his father's life and work.
Paul Lehr (1930-1998)
dominated the science fiction paperbacks from the
mid-1960s through the early 1970s. His work is often brilliantly colored,
surreal, with otherworldly feel and mood. He was the winner of the 1980 Hugo
Award for Best Professional Artist. Lehr also did illustration work for magazines
like Time, Life, Business Week, Fortune, Playboy, The Reader's Digest, and
was active until his death in 1998.
James Beveridge -
a freelance illustrator and an artist with experience in
video games industry, publishing, comics, and mural painting. He has been producing
artwork professionally since 1972, and lives in Alberta, Canada. Art books for sale.
Paul Alexander (1937- )
is an illustrator well known for his massive spaceships
soaring through outer space or earthly skies. He started painting SF illustrations
in 1977 after working for architectural firms and advertising agencies.
His impressive paintings landed him many assignments from magazines and publishers
like Ace, Fawcett, Del Rey, Ballantine, and Baen.
David Schleinkofer (1951- )
has been doing fine art and illustration work since the mid
1970s. He is especially known for his sci-fi book covers done in the
late 1970s and early 1980s. His commercial work has been used by advertising agencies,
book and magazine publishers, and video game companies. He currently focuses
on fine arts and paper back covers. Schleinkofer lives in Pennsylvania.
Darrel K. Sweet
(1934- ) started painting SF illustrations in 1975. He brought with
him a realistic and tight style, and became very popular with the fans.
A prolific artist, Sweet often works on two or three paintings at the same time
and has produced over 3000 images. Posters for sale.
(1955- ) has illustrated over 300 book covers for many popular writers,
including William Gibson's first cyberpunk classic Neuromancer, and
Robert Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land.
He is a nephew of the late pop-art icon Andy Warhol.
(1938- ) is an American illustrator known in the SF field for
his paperback covers from the mid 1960s to the late 1970s.
Some of his more memorable artwork communicates a sense of surreal mystery.
He worked for all top paperback publishers and did covers for books by Arthur C. Clarke.
(1982- ) is a freelance illustrator who works mainly in the fantasy and science fiction genres.
He has painted artwork for everything from book covers and advertisements to collectible card games
and concept designs. He lives in Philadelphia.
(1970- ) is a Sci-Fi and Fantasy illustrator who produces work for
book publishers, video game studios and advertising agencies. Although he
paints digitally his artwork looks very traditional. He lives in Pennsylvania.
(1962- ) has been creating artwork for science fiction novels since 1984.
His unique illustrations are on the covers of books by Neal Stephenson, Philip K. Dick, Robert Silverberg
and many others. He currently works as a designer and animator at CBS.
(1943-2002) is known for his unique style that is colorful, imaginative and usually
quite surreal. He did his first cover in 1967 for The Magazine of Fantasy and Science
Fiction and was active in the fine arts as well.
is especially known for his Fantasy artwork, but has done a good share
of Sci-Fi illustration as well, starting with the cover of the July 1971
issue of the Eerie magazine. Besides magazine and paperback covers,
Vallejo painted artwork for comics, album covers, video box art, and movie
advertisements. He lives with his artist wife Julie Bell in
(1958 - ) has produced about 100 science fiction and fantasy
covers for publishers Baen, Bantam and ACE as well as working in the software
game publishing and entertainment IP areas in SF/F. He also produces feature
work in the "hard science" areas of aviation and aerospace art. The website
contains short gallery samplings of his work in those areas, as well as
second rights artwork.
- is a freelance illustrator who has created artwork for HarperCollins,
Pocket Books, Asimov's Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, Muse, and many other presses
and self-publishing authors.
- is a freelance scifi and fantasy artist from Northern California.
She has done art for trading cards, book covers, magazine illustrations, and perfume labels.
The site offers prints, art books and instructional material for sale.
Eric Wilkerson - is a freelance illustrator and
a concept artist who specializes in character design. His work has been featured in the
Spectrum Fantastic Art books and Imagine FX magazine. Posters for sale in the store.
Henry Richard van Dongen (1920-2010)
was among the great Sci-Fi illustrators of the late Golden Age. He was
one of the main cover artists for Astounding Science Fiction magazine
during the early 1950s. Van Dongen was active in the SF field until the
early 1960s and later in the 1970s and 1980s when he painted several
terrific cover illustrations for Analog. His artwork was colorful and
frequently more symbolic in style and the figures often had elongated
(1898-1982) was a Canadian artist well known for his work
during the pulp era. He painted every cover for the Astounding magazine
from April 1940 to August 1942, and was among the best SF artists during
the 1940s and 1950s. Rogers was a talented figure painter who introduced
class and style to the SF pulp covers which were often garish at the
time. In 2006, an exhibition of his original sci-fi artwork was held at
the University of Massachusetts.