Thursday, June 16, 2011

Who did it?

A year or so ago, I received a call from Karen Haber, asking if I would take part in a book called "Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art". The book contains tons of paintings and tutorials from many of my favorite artists, including Donato Giancola, Rebecca Guay, Brom and James Gurney, amongst many, many others.

Last week I received a few copies of the book, and I was honestly blown away by the quality of the reproductions and the content of the articles. I highly recommend this book to any aspiring artists who would like a peek at what goes into making a professional illustration.

Having a few more copies of the book than I knew what do with, I decided to distribute them to the students of this year's IMC class (which I am still at right now). Since there are obviously more students than books, we decided to play a game to determine who would win one.

On a large screen, we projected these small details of famous artist's works. Whomever could identify the artist first, won a copy of the book. The most amazing thing about the challenge, was that no matter how obscure the detail was, even of less popular works, every single one was identified with relative ease. It really reinforced how apparent the hand of the artist is in his/her work, regardless of medium... even a particular flick of the wrist can be as important a signature as one's name.

Below are the images we presented. Can you identify each of these Illustrators?
(Click for more detail)

The answers, and full images, will be presented tomorrow.


  1. I'll guess at a few...

    2nd Eric Fortune
    3rd Moebius
    6th Petar Meseldzija
    8th James Gurney

  2. 4th J.J. Palencar
    5th Bob Peak? Richard Amsel?
    7th Greg Manchess

  3. Adding to Clean 3d...
    4th John Jude Palencar
    7th Greg Manchess

    I like this game :)

  4. 1. Android Jones
    2. Eric Fortune
    3. William Stout
    4. John Jude Palencar
    5. Bob Peak
    6. Petar Meseldzja
    7. Greg Manchess
    8. James Gurney

    Those are my guesses

  5. I can’t resist…
    Number 8. is definitely J.C. Leyendecker.

  6. 1-Stephan Martiniere, maybe?
    2-Eric Fortune
    3-Moebius, maybe Brad Holland
    4- JJP
    5- Bob Peak?
    6- Petar Mezela;lskdfja;dsfi
    7- Greg Man-chest
    8- JC Leyendecker

  7. Hmmm ...

    3: Moebius
    6: Petar Mezeldzija
    7: Greg Manchess
    8: J.C. Leyendecker

  8. I would have guessed:
    1) Stephan Martiniere
    2) Eric Fortune (100% sure)
    3) Moebuis
    4) John Jude Palencar (3 and 4 I'd be very unsure of)
    5) No clue
    6) Petar Meseldžija (100% sure)
    7) Greg Manchess
    8) No clue (but after seeing the Gurney guess I'd believe that one)

  9. Here's my stab;

    1) Stephan Martiniere
    2) Eric Fortune
    3) Moebuis
    4) John Jude Palencar
    5) Bob Peak
    6) Petar Meseldžija
    7) Greg Manchess
    8) J.C. Leyendecker

  10. Sweet! With the exception of the Martiniere and Moebuis bits, I'm pretty sure I know the exact pieces the shots are taken from.

    Can't wait to buy that book myself, and hope you're having a blast at IMC; Say hello to Doug Stambaugh (and everyone else, for that matter) for me.

  11. Man, I wanted to guess. Of course I would have gotten 3, 5, and 8 wrong.

    Cool contest and post!

  12. looks wonderful ... just got the sf/fantasy book buyer to order us a copy! wahoo!


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