Sunday, January 17, 2016

2016 Professional Artists

To help people make nominations for the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Professional 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 ten minutes to sift through the list, and I ended up with just 12 artists to choose from. It took about ten more minutes of browsing the artists' websites to cut that to five for my Best Professional Artist nominations.

WARNING: If you are on a limited data plan and view every picture in the lightbox, the full-size images come to about 75 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 professional magazines, standalone novellas, and books in 2015 that make them eligible for the 2016 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist.

Most of the art consists of covers for magazines, anthologies, novellas, and illustrations for short fiction reviewed by Rocket Stack Rank in 2015.

Some of the art consists of book covers from the "year's best" science fiction and fantasy lists by Goodreads and Amazon (via Chaos Horizon's blog), Barnes & Noble, io9, and Kirkus Reviews. There are many many more books and magazines published in 2015 not included here, so this list is by no means complete.

Note that the artist is the person credited as the source of the cover/jacket art. If the source is absent or is a stock photography/illustration service (such as Shutterstock or Getty Images), we name the cover/jacket designer as the artist.

For folks interested in the history this category, John Picacio (winner 2012 and 2013) wrote A Visual History of the Best Professional Artist Hugo Award Winners that's a fun read. To understand the work that goes into creating a book cover, have a look at How Could The Winds of Winter Be Published In Only Three Months?

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

Adam Johnson (website)

Adam Paquette (website)

Adam Tredowski (website)

Adrian Borda (website)

Alex Merto (website)

Algol (website)

Angela Harburn (website)

Anna and Elena Balbusso (website)

Anxo Amarelle (website)

Ashley Mackenzie (website)

Atilgan Asikuzun (website)

Beth Spencer (website)

Billy Norrby (website)

Blaithiel (website)

Blake Morrow (website)

Bob Eggleton (website)

Eight-time winner of the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist.

Bob Lentz (website)

Brian Gilbreath (website)

Carly Sorge (website)

Catska Ench and Cory Ench (website)

Chris Brand

Chris Buzelli (website)

Chris McGrath (website)

Christopher Doll (website)

Note: ISFDB shows the book published in 2015 but the cover art is copyright 2014 so it may be ineligible.

Christopher Meyer (website)

Cortney Skinner (website)

Craig Shields (website)

Cynthia Sheppard (website)

Dalton Rose (website)

Daniel Dociu (website)

Daniel Romanovsky (website)

David A. Hardy (website)

David G. Stevenson (website)

David Mann (website)

Dominic Harman (website)

Dominick Saponaro (website)

Donato Giancola (website)

Ekaterina Zagustina (website)

Elena Bespalova (website)

Elizabeth Leggett (website)

Winner of the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Fan Artist.

Ellen Barkin (website)

Emma Sancartier (website)

Eric Williams (website)

Erik Mohr (website)

Euclase (website)

Gary Freeman (website)

Getty Images (Ineligible)

Getty Images is a stock photography and illustration service.

G-Force Design

Goni Montes (website)

Greg Ruth (website)

Gregory Manchess (website)

Irek Konior (website)

J. Otto Szatmari (website)

James Lincke (website)

James Ng (website)

James Steidl

Jeffrey Alan Love (website)

Jeremiah Humphries (website)

Jeremy Cooney and Rebecca Huston

Jill Bauman (website)

Jim Tierney (website)

Joey Camacho (website)

John Allemand (website)

John Brosio (website)

John Harris (website)

John Jennings (website)

John Jude Palencar (website)

Jon Foster (website)

Jonathan Bartlett (website)

Jonathan Knowles (website)

Joshua Hutchinson (website)

Julian Aguilar Faylona (website)

Julie Dillon (website)

Nominee and winner of multiple Chesley and Hugo Awards.

Junyi Wu (website)

Karla Ortiz (website)

Kathleen Jennings (website)

Katie Anderson (website)

Keith Negley (website)

Kent Bash (website)

Kirk Benshoff (website)

Kurt Miller (website)

Larry Elmore (website)

Larry Rostant (website)

Lauren Kolm (website)

Lauren Panepinto (website)

Laywan Kwan (website)

Li Shuxing (website)

Liu Junwei (website)

LOIKA (website)

Lucas de Alcantara (website)

Lucas Graciano (website)

Lucy Kim (website)

Mathias Rosenthal

Maurizio Manzieri (website)

Michael Garland (website)

Miguel Cabrera (Ineligible)

The artist's work was not created in 2015.

Nick Kaloterakis (website)

Oliver Munday (website)

Pascal Campion (website)

Paul Youll (website)

Peter Mendelsund (website)

Peter Mohrbacher (website)

Pierre Samuel Louis Joyeux (Ineligible)

The artist's work was not created in 2015.

Priscilla Kim (website)

Randy Gallegos (website)

Raphael (Ineligible)

The artist's work was not created in 2015.

Red Nose Studio (website)

Reiko Murakami (website)

Richard Anderson (website)

Richie Pope (website)

Rob Grom (website)

Robert S. Davis (website)

Sam Chung

Sam Weber (website)

Scott Bakal (website)

Scott McKowen (website)

Shawn Carrico (website)

Sherin Nicole

Shichigoro-Shingo (website)

Spiros Karkavelas (website)

Stephan Martiniere (website)

Nominee and winner of multiple Hugo, Chesley, BSFA, Locus, Spectrum, and World Fantasy Awards for art.

Stephen Youll (website)

Steven Meyer-Rassow (website)

Thom Tenery (website)

Thomas Canty (website)

Tomislav Tikulin (website)

Tommy Arnold (website)

Here's a recent AMA session with the artist.

Tony Mauro (website)

Tori K. Roman (website)

Tran Nguyen (website)

Victo Ngai (website)

Victor Habbick (website)

Victor Mosquera (website)

Vincent DiFate (website)

Virgil Finlay (Ineligible)

The artist's work was not created in 2015.

Wesley Allsbrook (website)

Will Staehle (website)

Here's an interesting post about the cover of "A Darker Shade of Magic".

Wylie Beckert (website)

Zelda Devon (website)

5 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. I believe Jon Foster's cover for's "The Last Witness" would be a good addition to his small set above. At least, the novella is from 2015, which makes me think the artwork likely is, too.

    Maurizio Manzieri's artwork for the "Year's Best" appears to have been used as an Asimov's cover in 2014; it's tough to read the year, but he used the image to link to a page of *2014* work that's eligible for 2015 awards. That makes me think it's not a good sample for his 2015 work for 2016 awards, so you may want to remove it...?

    All artists should have pages listing work eligible for year X (whatever the latest year is) awards. Or at the very least, have publication year info for artwork they show on their site.

    1. Thanks for the suggestions. The Jon Foster cover has been added and the Maurizio Manzieri cover has been removed.

    2. Thanks! Jon Foster's one of my fave artists (I really like Manzieri's work, too, actually). I hope he gets some Hugo love one of these years. ;-)

  2. You appear to be missing Larry Elmore's cover for "Son of the Black Sword" by Larry Correia...

    1. I've added it. I double-checked the Goodreads, Amazon, B&N, io9, and Kirkus "year's best" lists and didn't see it there (the source of the book covers on this page) but it was easy to do a single custom request. :-)