To celebrate ten years of Sci-Fi-O-Rama I thought it would be poignant to reacquaint you with some of the most popular artists we’ve featured through the decade.
Here then is the first part of a new series featuring a selection of genre pioneers synonymous with the pre-digital ‘Golden Age’ of Sci-Fi Illustration. These are artists that were most prolific – though not exclusively – during the 1970s and 1980s, together they’ve captured and inspired the imagination of millions.
In no specific order let us begin with Welsh maestro Jim Burns…
A return to rip-roaring, full on Sci-Fi Illustration here with 3 samples from the vast portfolio of Welsh Artist Jim Burns (born in Cardiff, April 1948). Jim’s enjoyed a long highly successful career since graduating from London’s St Martins School of Art in 1972, and has an instantly recognisable style, he was also one of the major contributors – along with other British artists such as Angus Mckie, Chris Moore and Peter Elson – to the highly popular Terran Trade Authority series of books, published back in the late 70’s. Other career high points include working with Ridley Scott (also a St Martins Graduate) on his 1982 Sci-Fi Film Noir BladeRunner, and winning the
Ok, so straight of the bat this is a complete lift from Jeff’s superb http://ski-ffy.blogspot.com/ – do check that blog out as Ski-ffy features much rawer and original source material than I have managed to muster.
This menacing Illustration from UK artist Jim Burns is part of the Harry Harrison’s ‘Mechanismo’, more on that at Ski-ffy. The jet itself – although much more butch – bears a strong resemblance to the now obsolete Anglo/French “Sepecat Jaguar” more on that here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sepecat_Jaguar