Back when science fiction was considered pulp fiction, art directors and artists had the freedom to run wild with the cover art for sci-fi books. Nerdwriter pays homage to some of these notable people and their work, and reminds us to have a greater appreciation for cover art.
Illustrator Andrew Morgan’s thick-paged kids book is perfect for teaching toddlers their ABCs. But instead of animals and everyday objects, each letter of the alphabet is illustrated with a rock and roll god or goddess. He also makes a version for budding rap stars.
James Raiz aka TheBoxOfficeArtist pays tribute to Tony Stark and his massive collection of armor by illustrating all of his suits in one image. He spent about 24 hours on this masterpiece of Marvel fandom, condensed down to a 14 min time-lapse. You can buy prints on his website.
French artist Parse/Error created a machine to produce his rhythmic and undulating line drawings. The designer conceives each image on a computer, while the machine acts as his hands and outputs his work. You can purchase original drawings in the Parse/Error shop.
Pablo Carlos Budassi created this incredible image, which attempts to illustrate the entirety of the observable universe, from our solar system, to distant galaxies and beyond. It’s interesting that that the whole thing also resembles a giant eye. Prints available here.
Enjoy illustrations, quotes and more on your walls and windows with this cable-guided robot that draws with markers, and erases ink with heat. It can cover a 6.5ft x 6.5ft area. You can upload your own images or get them online. Works on plaster, whiteboards, and glass.
Step into the world of illustrator Jakub Rozalski, where robots, samurai, werewolves and rural scenery collide. ArtStation’s Howling at the Moon features complementary text and interviews with the artist. There’s also a special edition with a slipcase and 6 prints.
After wowing us with his million dot illustration, David Bayo is back with an even more intricate image. He claims there are about 3 million dots in this portrait, though we still have no idea how he keeps track of how many dots he drew. Find original images and prints of his work here.
ArtStation is an online community for professional visual artists. The site has set up a publishing arm, and this is their first book. Project 77 features the dystopian sci-fi world of ArtStation member Martin Deschambault, enriched with short stories by Jeffrey Campbell.
The Future is Now: Neon Rising is the second edition of the second book in Josan Gonzalez’s cyberpunk series. Almost all of its 212 pages has full-page illustrations, which tie into each other to create a “silent graphic novel.” It comes with three postcards.
Illustrators Josan Gonzalez and Laurie Greasley follow up their amazing The Raid poster with an equally chaotic print based on the hit FPS Overwatch. Officially licensed by Blizzard, the 36″x24″ Hanamura Showdown sees the game’s characters battling robots in a Japanese mall.
Artist Peter Draws creates a wonderful line art illustration using “invisible” ink under a black light. Watching the ink flow off of his glass pen tip into the water is just as mesmerizing as onto the canvas itself. His charming and soothing narration definitely reminds us of Bob Ross.
Artist Stephen Andrade loves to make realistic pulp fiction or Choose Your Own Adventure covers based on popular series such as Rick and Morty, Labyrinth and Seinfeld. Prints of the Get Schwifty cover will be available on Gallery1988’s Rick and Morty exhibit.
Marvel hired freehand phenom Kim Jung Gi to make a large illustration depicting its heroes fighting each other. The artwork will be split into eight and used as variant covers for the upcoming Civil War II comics, which will be released this June. Hi-res image here.