Color comp for TRANTORIAN DREAM (cover for Asimov’s Foundation’s Edge) that is listed now on eBay. Low starting bid and an excellent buyout price for a preliminary concept for such an iconic painting.
Note: this isn’t our auction. I just found it interesting enough to post since these don’t come to market that often.
Q:I've been in love with Michael's cover for Melanie Rawn's SUNRUNNER'S FIRE since I was a teenager. I saw several other prints for Rawn covers in the store, but not SUNRUNNER'S FIRE. Was there ever a print of this illustration, and is there any chance of a re-issue?
Michael painted some amazing covers for Melanie Rawn. The Dragon Prince and Dragon Star trilogies are fantastic books, and I highly recommend them.
There were actually two versions of the cover illustration for SUNRUNNER’S FIRE.
DRAGON FIRE (1989) has been issued before as a print from Glass Onion. It was also released as a collectible framed print from the Franklin Mint years later and printed in the 2005 calendar. While it isn’t currently available, there’s a good chance it will be reissued because Michael’s dragons are very popular.
LORD PROTECTOR (1989) was never issued as a print, but it was published in the 2004 calendar.
Notice the anatomical differences in the wings. Michael changed directions after submitting concepts to DAW. He wanted to be consistent with previous cover illustrations. I believe he finished LORD PROTECTOR later, but I have the same year for the copyright on both pieces so they were done in close proximity.
If you forward your contact info through the form on the site, I’ll be glad to make a note of your request and let you know if/when DRAGON FIRE becomes available again.
Thanks for the great question!
WORDS OF RADIANCE by @whelanmichael cover for the new book by @BrandSanderson. Download the high-res image.
What bothers me is that if Shallan is the focus of the novel, why is she NOT on the cover. Sure, it’s nice that she’s in the end papers, but really, why not the cover? I find the decision by Tor and their art director to be a bit insulting.
We’ve heard from a lot of fans (including my wife) about how much they love the Shallan painting and would have preferred to see it on the cover. Perhaps with enough feedback TOR might release multiple covers on the paperbacks.
We’re trying out a new viral marketing campaign to promote the prints of WORDS OF RADIANCE and SHALLAN on MichaelWhelan.com. Head to the new post about WoR on the main website to find links for free downloads of the images. If this campaign is successful, we’ll likely offer more free downloads in the future.
Note: these are larger and higher quality than the wallpaper posted earlier on TOR.com. They’re also the full uncropped images with no type.