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3D Art Direct Magazine Issue 15

3D Art Direct Magazine Issue 15

Issue 15 Now Published!

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What makes good sci-fi cover art?

Tribute: Peter Elson

His stunning sci-fi cover art was an illustrative benchmark in the 70s and 80s.

Interview: Chris Hecker

“The creative process is always ‘work’ for me. It’s a certain kind of work. It’s rewarding.

Christmas Galleries

Melissa Krauss, Artur Rosa, and Arthur Dorety comment on their Christmas Gallery entires and reveal their inspirations.

Interview: Susanne Korff-Knoblauch

“Most of the women I portray are the heroes in my stories or my original characters from the games I’m playing…these women often are mages or adventurers and actually live a life not for the faint of heart.”… Read the rest

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Exclusive Tribute to Peter Elson – a Master Sci-fi and Fantasy Illustrator

If you’ve been an avid reader of science fiction books during the seventies, eighties and nineties- then you would have noticed some of the book cover illustrations graced with the initials “PE”, standing for Peter Elson, who was one of the most talented in his field.
Peter’s illustrations took off after winning a competition for “Science Fiction Monthly”, with his illustration of “Fantastic Planet” published in the December 1975 edition. His career was helped with the Sarah Brown agency, headed by Carol Butfoy who marketed the talents of a number of science fiction illustrators.
We speak to Carol Butfoy as well as Peter’s sister Pam about Peter’s life and career as an artist, who has in turn inspired many sci-fi digital artists of today. The full interview will be published in the premium fifteenth edition of 3D Art Direct Magazine, to be published in the next few days.

3DAD : What are some of the techniques in the creative process that Peter used that you can bring to light?
CB: I don’t have any specific comments, other than Peter worked in gouache and air brush, with quite a lot of fine painting. He would cut a brush down to just a few hairs so that every little detail was perfect.

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