For the third installment of our classic Sci-Fi illustrators series, we move from one alien landscape master to another. He is an artist so exotic and distinctive he merits his own sub-genre.
I’m of course talking about British artist and designer Roger Dean (born 31 August 1944 in Ashford, Kent).
To tie in with the Sci-Fi-O-Rama design upgrade here’s the first of hopefully many special features this year! “Roger Dean, as chosen by those he has inspired”… So a quick bit of history on Roger Dean, just in case you aren’t familiar with him and his work:
Roger Dean (born 31 August 1944), is an English artist, designer, architect and publisher, best known for his work on album covers for musicians (particularly Progressive Rock acts). His unique, instantly recognisable style often features exotic, fantastic landscapes typically populated with dramatic, impossible natural rock formations, lush alien wildlife/fauna, and strange organic structures…
With the release of James Cameron’s technically groundbreaking blockbuster “Avatar” Roger’s currently enjoying a surge of interest in his work, as it’s obvious Avatars design team have borrowed many visual cues… to be fair though, It’s pretty much inconceivable to think of fantasy and sci-fi art without thinking of Roger Dean.
So to celebrate his work once more I’ve asked a selection of contemporary designers & artists to select their favourite Roger Dean piece and add a few notes as too why…
A quick follow up to a feature I ran a year ago on Roger Dean’s Artwork for the computer game “Shadow of the Beast” published by legendary 80’s/90’s 16bit software house Psygnosis. This image is a close up of the highly sought after limited edition t-shirt featuring a graphic bio-mechanical deer (reinterpreted from the Box Art) and that oh-so-cool logotype!
Scan is part of SOTB Boxs Set selection via Flickr User Pocket Clouds. “Psygnosis will never die!” … amen to that! In fact if you remember Psygnosis you might want to check out this superb French tribute site: http://psygnosisamiga.free.fr
More from blog favourite Tim White, a blend of Sci-fi and Fantasy “Dragon Drone” was also used as box art for one of Psygnosis’s lesser known titles “Amnios” released in 1991 – more about that here: http://www.mobygames.com/game/amnios
Tim White’s paintings are collected in his anthology “The Science Fiction and Fantasy World of Tim White” available for a modest price via Amazon, check here.
Scan sourced via the #01 space & astronomical art journal “Astrona” http://astrona.blogspot.com/ excellent site!
Another good example of Roger Dean’s leftfield take on Sci-fi demonstrated here with some slightly Alien-esque artwork for the Computer Game “Obliterator”, another classic Psygnosis title which played as a 2d Platform Puzzle / Shoot-Em-Up. More information at http://www.mobygames.com/game/atari-st/obliterator
This is Roger Dean’s first piece of commissioned artwork for the legendary 80/90s Games House Psygnosis, and dates from way back to 1986. In addition to Roger Dean Psygnosis also used other Sci-Fi-O-Rama Favorites Tim White and Peter Andrew Jones examples of which I’ve featured earlier. Not all of the games were that memorable but the artwork certainly was and although some of it had been used before as SF Novel covers I think it’s fair to say that it reached a much wider and younger audience thanks to Psygnosis. Read more about Psygnosis here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psygnosis