Every fantasy and science-fiction fan loves a good cover. I discovered Frank Victoria’s artwork on the covers of The Chronicles of the Tree by Mary Victoria ( his wife and my favourite new fantasy author). I particularly loved the artwork for Chronicles of the Tree, not just because they captured the immense scope of the world Mary created, but that they also have that wonderful ethereal quality which was once so traditional to fantasy cover art.
Modern cover art is evolving into stark, minimal covers with more branding and little storytelling. An exceptional cover should encompass all that is integral to the story, and that is just what these do.
Of course he doesn’t just illustrate fantasy books, he is also a comic book artist and writer and a concept artist on films. His work for Weta productions includes Jane and the Dragon, The Lovely Bones, The Adventures of Tintin, and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit. Frank is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Hertfordshire, teaching concept art for film and games.
See more of his work over at Frank Victoria’s Art Blog
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