SCIENCE FICTION BY VIRGIL FINLAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Virgil Finlay was an American pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator. He has been called “part of the pulp magazine history … one of the foremost contributors of original and imaginative art work for the most memorable science fiction and fantasy publications of our time.” 

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While he worked in a range of media, from gouacheto oils, Finlay specialized in, and became famous for, detailed pen-and-ink drawings accomplished with abundant stippling, cross-hatching, and scratchboard techniques. He produced wild and fantastic images of monsters, aliens, demons, robots, spacemen, spaceships, bizarre experiments, psychological horror, fantastic landscapes, and women.

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COLOSSAL HUMANOIDS BY JEAN PIERRE ROY

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based artist Jean-Pierre Roy (previously featured here) paints surreal scenes that deconstruct the known world. His work is often associated with science fiction, depicting alien wastelands inhabited by colossal humanoid beings, their bodies laden with geometric shapes, holographic projections, and mirrored panes. Rather than ascribing to science fiction specifically, however, Roy is more interested in fostering a critical, creative space that allows us to examine the systems of knowledge that construct reality.

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LIVERIED SPACECRAFTS BY PETER ELSON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Peter Elson was an English science fiction illustrator whose work appeared on the covers of numerous science fiction paperback novels, as well as in the Terran Trade Authority series of illustrated books.

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Elson, whose illustrations often placed detailed, brightly liveried spacecraft against vividly colored backgrounds, influenced an entire generation of science fiction illustrators and concept artists.

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ISOMETRIC EPIC BY DAVID JIEN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Los Angeles-based artist David Jien’s epic narrative is about the chronicles of an allegorical future detailing a battle in which human and anthropomorphic beings continue the struggle against a race of balloon-headed creatures and cold-blooded reptilian overlords who seek world domination.

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Taking inspiration from the infinite possibilities of science fiction, the isometric perspective and narrative geography of Nintendo and Chinese scroll paintings, the eroticism of Japanese pillow books and the limitless transformations of graffiti, Jien has crafted these intensely detailed scenarios in colored pencil on paper.

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TECHNOLOGY AND NATURE INTERTWINED BY KILIAN ENG

by Ariadna Zierold

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Kilian Eng works as an illustrator and concept artist based out of his hometown of Stockholm Sweden. He graduated in 2010 from Konstfack, University of Arts Craft & Design in Stockholm with a bachelor and master in Illustration and storytelling.

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The visions created by him inhabit a landscape grown of blinking lights and structures of beautiful mechanics. Eng’s drawings show the artist as architect; as the omniscient voice controlling a self-created world. He works in science-fiction, but not the modern version of it – there are no horrors, no desolate worlds. He doesn’t envision an end time apocalypse, but a future where mankind has evolved to a place where technology and nature intertwine. There is optimism and hope even in the darkest and most alien of his pieces.

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ATMOSPHERIC GIFS BY CARL BURTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Carl Burton creates quick atmospheric GIFs that blend elements of science fiction and surrealism. Glittering illuminated tentacles appear to twist through the dark while neon lasers emerge from deep pools of water. Much of what you see here represents Burton’s personal experiments, but the NYC-based creative also lends his illustrative style to images for long-form publications around the web.

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POST-APOCALYPTIC ART BY YURI SHWEDOFF

by Ariadna Zierold

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Check out the post-apocalyptic art by Moscow-based artist, photographer, and movie maker, Yuri Shwedoff. His dystopian themes, often illustrating science-fiction like fantasies, merge technology and biology. The illustrations are defined by outdoor environments, portraits, and urban and suburban settings that are familiar yet strangely surreal.

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RIP, Moebius

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The world lost a legend on Saturday, March 10. Jean Henri Gaston Giraud was a French comics artist, working in the French tradition of bandes dessinées, earning worldwide fame, predominantly under the pseudonym Mœbius. Among his most famous works are the Western comic series Blueberry he co-created with writer Jean-Michel Charlier, one of the first Western anti-heroes to appear in comics. Under the pseudonym Moebius he created a wide range of science fiction and and fantasy comics in a highly imaginative and surreal almost abstract style, the most famous of which are Arzach, the Airtight Garage of Jerry Cornelius, and The Incal.