July 20, 2019

Hugo Reading 2019: Best Professional Artist

I'm not an art connoisseur. I know what I like when I see it, but I couldn't explain "the details, technique, or principles of an art," the definition per Merriam-Webster. Still, that's the nice thing about the Hugos: you don't have to be an expert to judge and vote. 

My ballot:

6) Yuko Shimizu

This artist definitely has a Japanese style (I guess I can call it that), with fine lines and lots of somewhat strange colors. Unfortunately,  it didn't do much for me.

5) Charles Vess

This book is three inches thick and will break your arm. It's beautiful, and Saga Press did a bang-up job with it, but for the most part I didn't think the illustrations were particularly outstanding.

4) John Picacio

This Uncanny Magazine cover had a rather interesting perspective, of this woman's opponent down on the ground, looking up at her as she prepares to end her/him. I liked the questions this cover inspired better than the cover itself. 

3) Galen Dara

Galen Dara does some interesting things with color palettes, the color blue especially. She also has a very distinctive style. 

2) Victo Ngai

I really liked this. It's distinctive and whimsical. Ngai's work has a lot of personality.

1) Jaime Jones

But in the end, I had to go with Jaime Jones, because he so perfectly brings one of my favorite fictional characters, Murderbot, to life. 

Next up: Best Fan Artist

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