East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai

Artistic inspiration: Michael Whelan


Yesterday, while taking a break from writing, I was browsing the Facebook updates and I stumbled on an image that I remembered from my high school days.
This one.


It is an illustration for Poul Anderson’s story Tiger by the Tail, part of the Dominic Flandry series.
It’s been thirty-five years, yet I still remember when I first saw it, and I still get the same feeling, the same thought…

I must write something like this one day or another.

The artist is the multi-award winner Michael Whelan, and I’m surprised and pleased at the number of my favorite books he illustrated. Here’s a small gallery of my favorite paintings by him.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

6 thoughts on “Artistic inspiration: Michael Whelan

  1. I have to credit Whelan with introducing me to a bunch of authors I hadn’t read before in the 80s — Julian May, Celia S Friedman, CJ Cherryh, and my original set of Elric books had his covers. There was a time when I looked for that M-rune and if I found it, chances were I’d buy the book. 🙂


  2. This is my type of artwork. Reminds me of aborts Vallejo’s works a bit.


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