The Art of Ian Miller + Interview

The Art of Ian Miller + Interview

Titan Publishing asked me to interview British illustrator Ian Miller to coincide with the launch of ‘The Art of Ian Miller‘, a 160 page compendium spanning four decades. How could I refuse?

Compiled by Ian Miller and Tom Whyte, it’s bursting with over 300 pieces of Miller’s breath-taking work and detailed descriptions of his creative process, inspiration and general artistic philosophy. Suffice to say it’s a “must read” for any serious fantasy or sci-fi illustration aficionado.

Ian Miller – Green Dog Trumpet

Ian Miller - Green Dog Trumpet

Ian Miller - Green Dog Trumpet

Ian Miller - Green Dog Trumpet

Ian Miller - Green Dog Trumpet

A selection of four Images taken from British Artist Ian Miller’s Illustrated compendium “Green Dog Trumpet and Other Stories” (published by Dragons Dream 1978) a book I’m lucky enough to own.

Green Dog Trumpet and Other Stories contain 5 abstract visual tales, each with a loose narrative but no written dialogue – this works splendidly, forcing you to attempt intense studies of meticulously detailed, chaotic compositions. I tend to find that with each new browsing I notice something new, and it’s hardly surprising – even though some of the illustrations are small there amazingly intricate, worlds you can totally lose yourself in.

As I’ve mentioned in the past Ian is one of my favourite artists I feature on the blog, mainly because as a

Ian Miller – Dark Elf

Ian Miller – Dark Elf

Ian Miller Dark Elf

Continuing on with the freaky portraiture I thought I’d start 2010 with a piece I’d earmarked and scanned right back when I first began this blog, and I guess some extremely sinister character art from blog favourite Ian Miller, is as good a way as any to kick off a new decade!

This Illustration is scanned from one of the few Fighting Fantasy books I still have in my possession – FF28 “Phantoms of Fear” – published by Puffin back in 1987 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phantoms_of_Fear. The game plot revolves around a hopeless near suicide mission (is there any other sort?) battling through a blighted forest and eventually infiltrating a vast demonic fortress… The adventure takes place in both the physical and dream worlds, but what really makes it stand out are of course Ian’s fantastical warped illustrations, I can’t think anyone else better to illustrate a chaos tainted army of darkness. If your a fan of Ian’s I definitely recommend checking this rarity out, its available on Amazon for next to nothing: http://ow.ly/WWP2

If your new to Ian’s work I’ve

Ian Miller – The Battle of Hornburg

Ian Miller – The Battle of Hornburg

Ian Miller - The Battle of Hornburg

Nothing like a bit of Ian Miller to break up the flow of the blog, probably because in terms of style there’s no one else anywhere near him…

This amazing image is originally scanned from David Days “The Characters From Tolkien” book, that’s the subject of a larger post featured over on Jeff’s superb Ski-ffy Blog http://ski-ffy.blogspot.com/search/label/Ian%20Miller

Ski-ffy has a huge selection of original Sci-Fi material (not the crap stuff) loads of retro goodies not found anywhere else….

Ian Miller’s official site: http://www.ian-miller.org/ well worth a visit!

Ian Miller – Chaos Knight

Even by Ian’s own meticulous standards this stunning character Illustration features an insane level of detailing, trippy stuff indeed, love the helmet in particular!

Image taken directly from Ian’s regularly updated official site http://www.ian-miller.org/ featuring many more samples, full biography, Ian’s prose and poetry plus the chance to buy some of his original art – do check it out…