Space craft design: musings from the edge

Reading Time: 11 minutes Even in the future when, if, it becomes a normality, the craft we will use to traverse the void will look nothing like the myriad of designs we have become so used to seeing on screen.

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Galactic Alarm by Chris Foss

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you like, study, or practice art in some way or form, then undoubtedly there will be a piece of art that you will keep coming back to.

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GErard Thomas Illustration - Inspiration: John Harris

Inspiration: John Harris

Reading Time: 2 minutes If you like thinking about things far beyond our own mortal concerns, and you like science fiction art, this is a short film well worth your watching.

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Remembering Peter Elson

Reading Time: 3 minutes There is no doubt, other than Foss, Peter Elson was a powerhouse of the heyday of science fiction illustration and books with his covers always got my attention.

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Gerard Thomas Illustration - World War II Infographics review

An Infographic Tour de Force

Reading Time: 3 minutes Unlike most books on the subject, which are either pictorial or voluminous in nature, World War II Infographics takes the interesting approach of interpreting the mountains of statistical data compiled after the war

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Bang Bang - conflict in art

Bang Bang

Reading Time: 2 minutes Conflict is at the core of so much the entertainment we consume, from print through to games. In many ways though, it can often be the ‘lazy’ option.

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Masamune Shirow aka Masanori Ota

Reading Time: 8 minutes I was hooked instantly – hard not to be, as what it held in its pages was so far beyond what I had seen elsewhere; partly because Manga was a fully matured and accepted form of publishing in Japan.

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Terran Trade Authority

Reading Time: 6 minutes But what’s best about these books? What would make me track them down, and pay a premium, so many years later?

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Kow Yokoyama: Ma.K. Sketchbook

Reading Time: 4 minutes Up to three decades old in places, Yokoyama’s sketchbook reflects a distinctive style and stance that is so difficult to find these days.

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Shaun Tan – a brief thought

Reading Time: 4 minutes I don’t find it easy to describe just what it is about Shaun Tan’s work, both literary and illustrative, that I find so enchanting.

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A Retro Future - A bit of an essay

A retro future: A bit of an essay

Reading Time: 7 minutes Shapes, forms, colours were diverse, often soft, organic, and the visions of the future, in paint and ink, were as varied as they were interesting.

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Gerard Thomas Illustration - Roy Huxley

Roy Huxley Rediscovered

Reading Time: 3 minutes I instantly recognised why his work at the time was so magnetic – it has that ageless ’something’. While I can’t put my finger on just what this something is, Huxley’s Matchbox art has it in spades.

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Akira, an incomplete review

Reading Time: 4 minutes Themes of youth alienation and anti-establishment, military power and government corruption are handled cleanly and powerfully, balanced with the core theme of the super natural powers that drive the pivotal characters.

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