Elson’s artistic potential was evident at early age, beginning to draw as soon as he could hold a pencil. Something of a prodigy, he completed his Art A-Level two years early at age 16 (A-Grade, of course). Whilst at Ealing Art College he studied fashion before switching to graphics. His career in Sci-Fi illustration took off in 1977 when he entered and won a Sci-Fi artwork competition. Commissions began to flood in and a star was born.
I just love this image! So thought I’d re-post larger and minus the book livery.
What I like here in particular (aside of course from the weather-beaten rocket) is the fashion/costume element, it’s what I dig most in Sci-Fi – futuristic clothing – only this isn’t really futuristic and that makes it even better… An old school 80’s Ski Jacket adorned with sew-on patches, each patch with its own unique lexicon, a self-contained design all on its own. Plus even more 80’s; check the chunky looking phone/walkie-talkie, bollocks to touchscreen devices!
Again this is via the brand new & awesome http://www.peterelson.co.uk
Ok so I’m proud to present another sample of the work of the legendary Peter Elson. It’s been a fair while since I last featured his work so a quick refresh, Peter was one of the UK’s premier Sci-Fi Illustrators during the 70’s and 80’s and is also synonymous (as with other artists here) with the Terran Trade Authority Books. His work really is stunning beautiful hi-tech designs mixed with gorgeous technicolour backdrops as is demonstrated here in this tracking shot high above Jupiter…
This image comes from the brand new official http://www.peterelson.co.uk/ that’s been put together by Designer Martin Lucas and Peter’s sister, a superb site with over 300+ large images and the chance to buy exclusive prints. A truly great resource for inspiration & a fitting tribute to IMO one of the greatest Sci-Fi Illustrators/Designers ever…
Art by the late Peter Elson, one of the 70’s most prolific Sci-Fi artists and a master at rendering future space hardware. As well as illustrating many book jackets Peter along with many of his contemporaries – including Chris Moore and Angus Mckie – was also heavily involved with illustrating The Terran Trade Authority, an illustrated Sci-Fi Project running from 1978 to 1980. More on that here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terran_Trade_Authority
Scan Taken from Paper Tigers 1977 release “The Flights of Icarus”.
More 70’s/80’s Retro Sci-Fi in the form of Book Cover Art, this striking piece was produced by the late Peter Elson (1947-1998). Peter was a British Illustrator whose work appeared on the covers of numerous science fiction paperback novels in a style not dissimilar to Chris Foss (also mentioned on this blog). Peter’s work had a heavy influence on the first version of the PC game “Homeworld” according to artists who worked on the title.
Read more about him at this excellent fan site put together by Luca Oleastri