delighted to welcome our guest artist...
|David Lee Anderson is a science fiction
and fantasy illustrator. He's shown paintings at over
500 convention art shows since 1980. He’s been the
Artist Guest of Honor for 23 conventions, Toastmaster
four times and Fan Guest of Honor once. He's worked for
TOR Books, BAEN Books, Tomorrow SF Magazine, Isaac
Asimov's SF Magazine, Mayfair Games, Bethesda Softworks,
Yard Dog Books, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and
independent publishers and record labels. David Lee is
best known for his science fiction and space paintings.
Contact David Lee at
In doing my paintings, I try to tell a story.
Illustration is the art of illuminating and enhancing
the written word. My intention is to use imagination to
take the viewer on a journey that they haven't expected,
to do something to provoke them to see another view and
make their own interpretation. I often overhear people
talking about my work at art shows, and there is often a
fascinating story that many come up with from the
visuals before them, that gives me another angle on my
own painting that I wouldn't have expected.
"Outward Bound" has a background taken from a Spitzer
Telescope reference of the Opiuchi Cloud, although it is
a fanciful rendering. The colors in the photo were most
likely enhanced by NASA artists, but it makes it more
interesting than a strictly "realistic" photo. Spitzer
captures infrared, so the representation we see in the
reference is not what the view would look like to the
human eye. The ships are all designs I had made in
separate sketchbook drawings, and I put them together as
if they were heading out away from the base ship, which
is the cylindrical habitat in the distance.
"Atlantis at Night" is from a NASA reference and is done
as realistically as I can paint it from the photograph.
I did this version in quite a different manner than I
usually do. The original painting was a small 7"X10"
color sketch, which I scanned into Photoshop, then
enlarged to 300% to do the fine details digitally. I
used a WACOM tablet, which is a pen stylus on a slate,
to refine the painting. I then enlarged it to make
prints that have an image area of 10"X15", and are
matted to be 16"X20".
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