Wednesday, January 22, 2020

2020 Professional Artists

To help people make nominations for the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist, we have set up a "lightbox" system to let fans quickly flip through over 300 works by over 100 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 their 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 fifteen minutes to sift through the list, and I ended up with just 15 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 40 MB total.

Note: Thumbnail images with a highlighted link are professional works done in 2019. Thumbnails without a highlighted link were done earlier (shown in last year's list), later (show in next year's list) or fan art (published in a semi-prozine) and included to give more examples of the artist's style. All artists here have at least one work from 2019, with a max of six total, usually the most recent. A discussion on File 770 about WSFS rule 3.10.2 (search the thread for 3.10.2) confirmed that just ONE work from the qualifying year is sufficient to make an artist eligible, not three works.

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How Did We Choose These Artists?

The artists listed below created art for professional magazines, standalone novellas, and books in 2019 that make them eligible for the 2020 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 2019.

Some of the art consists of book covers from the "year's best" science fiction and fantasy novels meta-list collated by John DeNardo at Kirkus Reviews. There are many many more books and magazines published in 2019 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? For an in-depth look at creating covers for a series, read Lauren Panepinto's 13-part post on David Dalglish's Shadowdance series.

Go back to the 2019 SF/F Ballots.

1. Aaron Jasinski (Interviews)

2. Adam Baines (Interviews)

3. Adam Tredowski (Interviews)

4. Alyssa Winans (Interviews)

5. Armando Veve (Interviews)

6. Arthur Haas (Interviews)

7. Ashley Mackenzie (Interviews)

8. Audrey Benjaminsen (Interviews)

9. Axel Sauerwald (Interviews)

10. Beeple (Interviews)

11. Bob Eggleton (Interviews)

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

12. Brian Stauffer (Interviews)

13. Catska Ench and Cory Ench (Interviews)

14. Charles Brock (Interviews)

15. Chris McGrath (Interviews)

16. Christine Foltzer (Interviews)

17. Christopher Brand (Interviews)

18. Christopher Park (Interviews)

19. Chun Lo (Interviews)

20. Cliff Nielsen (Interviews)

21. Dadu Shin (Interviews)

22. Dan Funderburgh (Interviews)

23. Daniel Pelavin (Interviews)

24. David A. Hardy (Interviews)

25. David Curtis (Interviews)

26. David G. Stevenson (Interviews)

27. David Wardle (Interviews)

28. Derek Stenning (Interviews)

29. Dion MDB (Interviews)

30. Dominic Harman (Interviews)

31. Donato Giancola (Interviews)

32. Drive Communications (Interviews)

33. Eldar Zakirov (Interviews)

34. Eli Minaya (Interviews)

35. Eric Nyquist (Interviews)

36. FORT (Interviews)

FORT is a studio, not a person

37. Fotolia (Interviews)

38. Galen Dara (Interviews)

Art of SFF: Galen Dara’s Daring Style

39. Godwin Akpan (Interviews)

40. Greg Stadnyk (Interviews)

41. Gregory Manchess (Interviews)

42. Henry Sene Yee (Interviews)

43. Ivan Belikov (Interviews)

44. J.R. Slattum (Interviews)

45. Jaime Jones (Interviews)

46. Jamie Stafford-Hill (Interviews)

47. Jasu Hu (Interviews)

48. Jill Bauman (Interviews)

49. John Anthony Di Giovanni (Interviews)

50. John Picacio (Interviews)

51. Jonathan Gray (Interviews)

52. Julia Griffin (Interviews)

53. Julie Dillon (Interviews)

Nominee and winner of multiple Chesley and Hugo Awards. The Art of Julie Dillon

54. Kashmira Sarode (Interviews)

55. Kathleen Jennings (Interviews)

A Magic Synergy: The Cover Art of Kathleen Jennings

56. Kathryn Galloway English (Interviews)

57. Keith Hayes (Interviews)

58. Keith Negley (Interviews)

59. Kent Bash (Interviews)

60. Kuri Huang (Interviews)

61. Kurt Huggins (Interviews)

62. Lars West (Interviews)

63. Lauren Panepinto (Interviews)

64. Lisa Marie Pompilio (Interviews)

65. Lyra Alice Schneider (Interviews)

66. Marcela Bolivar (Interviews)

67. Mark Smith (Interviews)

68. Mary Haasdyk (Interviews)

69. Matt Dixon (Interviews)

70. Maurizio Manzieri (Interviews)

71. Michael Whelan (Interviews)

72. Mondolithic Studios (Interviews)

73. Na Kim (Interviews)

74. NASA (Interviews)

75. Nina Miller (Interviews)

76. Pablo Gerardo Camacho (Interviews)

77. Pascal Blanche (Interviews)

78. Red Nose Studio (Interviews)

All Jacked Up: Creating the Art for "Jack of Coins"

79. Reiko Murakami (Interviews)

80. Rekha Garton (Interviews)

81. Richard Anderson (Interviews)

82. Robert Hunt (Interviews)

83. Roman Kuteynikov (Interviews)

84. Ron Miller (Interviews)

85. Rovina Cai (Interviews)

86. Sally Deng (Interviews)

87. Sam Schechter (Interviews)

88. Samuel Araya (Interviews)

89. Scott Bakal (Interviews)

90. Serena Malyon (Interviews)

91. Shutterstock (Interviews)

92. Sonia Chaghatzbanian (Interviews)

93. Soufiane Mengad (Interviews)

94. Stephan Martiniere (Interviews)

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

95. Tangmo Cecchini (Interviews)

96. Tomas Kral (Interviews)

97. Tomislav Tikulin (Interviews)

98. Tommy Arnold (Interviews)

Here's a recent AMA session with the artist.

99. Tuomas Korpi (Interviews)

100. Victor Mosquera (Interviews)

101. Will Staehle (Interviews)

102. Xia Gordon (Interviews)

103. Yoshi Yoshitani (Interviews)

104. Yuko Shimizu (Interviews)


Please leave a comment if you know the name of the cover artist of a book in this section. Thank you.

4 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Rovina Cai is also the artist who does the interior illustrations for Seanan McGuire's Wayward Children novellas.

  2. Suggestion: Larry Rostant, a great cover artist (e.g., covers for "The Perfect Assassin" by Doore and "Scornful Stars by Baker).

  3. Whoops, why did I miss the "Notify me" box. . . .

  4. The cover art for The Deep by Rivers Solomon is by Micah Epstein according to the copyright page.