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David Lee Anderson



David Lee Anderson is a science fiction and fantasy illustrator. He's shown paintings at over 500 convention art shows since 1980. Hes 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.

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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.

-- David Lee Anderson

"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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