Sci-Fi-O-Rama proudly present a very special feature on Chris Foss, as profiled by Jeff Love, owner and admin of the sublime Sci-Fi art blog Ski-ffy.
Born in 1946 in Guernsey, Channel Islands, Chris Foss is a British illustrator and a powerhouse of science fiction design and invention. His work is a celebration of future machinery, impossibly sized constructions exist on a planetary scale; a showcase of hardware so large that the human figure is dwarfed by comparison.
Arriving in the SF illustration field in the early 1970s, he is a cult figure, influential and universally admired. For British SF and SF art, his work can be seen as a catalyst; his prolific output was used abundantly in the UK paperback market, particularly by publishing houses like Panther, Coronet (Hodder & Stoughton) and Granada. Foss’ iconic paintings adorned the covers of American classics; E. E. Smith’s Lensman and Family d’Alembert series, reprints of the works of Asimov, James Blish and Philip K. Dick. These colourful scenes of gargantuan spacecraft, space-scenes and enormous robots not only influenced an entire school of imitators but instilled a love of future-tech amongst several generations of science fiction fans.
After an exceptionally long gap between posts, Sci-Fi-O-Rama finally returns with new material. Apologies for the extended state of dormancy, life gets in the way sometimes.
Let’s then not dwell on the forlorn and instead nuke 2015 with another flyby of master-craftsman and styrene alchemist Grant Louden AKA Betelgeuse.
A quick recap then on what the Betelgeuse workshop is all about. Well in a nutshell Grant takes the finest Two Dimensional 70’s Sci-Fi cover art and literally breathes 3-Dimensional life over them.
We featured Grant’s first mind-blowing evolution of Colin Hay’s this time last year. This time it’s science fiction artisan illustrator Chris Foss is in the crosshairs.
Grant kindly took some time out to tell us more about his latest creation, here’s the feature:
A long deserted cityscape of patchwork coloured microrayon type architecture, now under the spell of giant floating spiders… Another fantastic example of the work of Chris Foss
Check more Chris Foss at either his home site http://www.chrisfossart.com/ or the superb SF gallery site & resource astrona.blogspot.com
A further selection from British Artist Chris Foss one of the true masters of Sci-Fi Art.
I’ve collected these sample’s together as they best serve to highlight the elements I find most interesting in Chris’s work. IMO these are the ship designs themselves (naturally) the striped and checkered lexicon he adorns these craft with, the simply stunning cloud fields, Aurora and rock formations, but of course most importantly of all – it’s all about the lighting.
A little more about the samples:
Top: This design typifies all of Chris’s aforementioned traits, a bulbous, large vented craft wrapped with industrial zig-zagging descending through a heavenly cloudscape…
Second: A breathtaking alien vista, incredible lighting tricks here, love all the soft glows.
Third: Something of a Gerry Anderson “Thunderbirds” feels here, again
Following on from the prior post here’s more from Jodorowsky’s gloriously doomed Dune, this time featuring the efforts of Devon’s finest – Chris Foss… nice to feature some of Foss’s work pre-airbrush-gloss!
As before all artwork featured via the excellent http://www.duneinfo.com/
I will endeavour to find something original soon!
Chris Foss “The Martian Way”
Another example of Chris’s airbrush work, scan Taken from Paper Tigers 1977 release“The Flights of Icarus”.
See more of Chris Foss here http://www.chrisfoss.net/or at http://astrona.blogspot.com/search/label/Chris%20Foss