Sunday, January 17, 2016

2016 Fan Artists

To help people make nominations for the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist, we have set up a "lightbox" system to let fans quickly flip through the works of the artists listed below and to set aside the ones they particularly liked. Here's how it works:

  1. In the artist list below, click on a thumbnail image. The lighbox should open, showing a larger image of the work.
  2. If you like the picture, ctrl-click (or long-press) the artist's name above it. That will reopen this page in a new tab with that artist's information at the top.
  3. Press the right-arrow key (or tap the picture) to advance to the next picture.
  4. Once you've looked at all the pictures, go through the tabs you opened. For most artists there's a link to his/her website where you can find a gallery of their work.
  5. Browse the gallery and see if the picture you liked was representative of their work as a whole.
  6. Close the tabs of the ones you liked least.
When I did this myself, it took fewer than three minutes to sift through the list, and a few more minutes of browsing the artists' websites to choose my five nominations for Best Fan Artist.

WARNING: If you are on a limited data plan and view every picture in the lightbox, the full-size images come to about 15 MB total.

Click here to jump to the artist list, or continue reading...

How Did We Choose These Artists?

The artists listed below created art for fanzines and semi-professional magazines in 2015 that make them eligible for the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist.

About half the artists and two-thirds of the art represent fanzine covers. Big thanks to Bill Burns of who extracted the cover images and hosted them on his site. Special thanks to Mike Glyer of who pushed us to do this right.

The remaining art consists of semi-magazine covers and illustrations of short fiction from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Interzone, Strange Horizons, and Uncanny magazine. This list is small because we limited ourselves to art that was published in semi-prozines that we actually read in 2015 and because Apex and Lightspeed are now considered professional publications.

Of course people should also supplement these lists with art from other sources that caught their fancy, as long as it was published in 2015 in a free publication.

See also the 2015 Professional Artists. Go back to the 2016 Hugo Awards.

A.B. Kynock

Antonio Caparo (website)

Autun Purser (website)

Billy Toufexis (website)

Brad W. Foster (website)

Nominee and winner of multiple Chesley and Hugo Awards.

Carrie Anne Baade (website)

Christopher Balaskas (website)

Clip Art (Ineligible)

Clip Art is a stock photography and illustration service.

D. Bruce Berry

D. West

D. West with Harry Bell

Feliks Grzesiczek (website)

Geneva Benton (website)

Harry Bell

Ignacio Bazan Lazcano (website)

Ivor Latto

Jean-Pierre Normand (website)

Jim Garrison (website)

Jim Hatama (website)

Jonathan Apilado (website)

Jose Sanchez

Julie Dillon (website)

Nominee and winner of multiple Chesley and Hugo Awards.

Kurt Erichsen (website)

Lynne Taylor Fahnestalk (website)

Maggie Ivy (website)

Marc Schirmeister (website)

Martin Hanford (website)

Matthew Dow Smith (website)

Melissa Mary Duncan (website)

Milan Jaram (website)

Nick Delgaris (website)

Rachel Kahn (website)

Robert E. Gilbert (website)

Ron Sanders

Sam Burley (website)

Sishir Bommakanti (website)

Steve Stiles (website)

Nominated for multiple Hugo Awards.

Tais Teng (website)

Takeshi Oga (website)

Taral Wayne (website)

Teddy Harvia (website)

Tran Nguyen (website)

Tyler Edlin (website)

Vlada Monakhova (website)

Xiao Ran (website)

5 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I definitely don't share your view that only contributors to semiprozines should be considered for the fan artist Hugo.

    Where is the art that appears in fanzines?

    1. We explored the link you sent me in e-mail (thanks!) and added it to the instructions above. The site is an excellent way for people to scan through the covers of a huge number of fanzines to find interesting art.

      Thanks again!

  2. Thank you for doing this.

    I liked Sheryl Birkhead's artwork enough to go to her website and have a closer look, and download the publication the artwork was published in. The problem is that the publication is dated December 2014.

    Can you please investigate? Thanks.

    1. Bill Burns at confirmed what you found. He had it under 2015 because that's when it reached his site. I've removed Sheryl Birkhead from the artists list.

  3. Hi,
    I am Jose Sanchez. One of the artists selected for your 2016 Hugo nomination status and truly appreciate it . Also, I DO have a direct link to my website if you can include it along with my covers. Thank you very much. Visit my gallery pages here: