Classic Science-Fiction Illustrators (Part 1) – Jim Burns

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…

Jim Burns (2)

Jim Burns Sci-Fi Illustration

Jim Burns Sci-Fi Illustration

Jim Burns Sci-Fi Illustration

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

Jim Burns – Sentry Biot

Jim Burns - Sentry Biot

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