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26 Apr 00:18

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25 Apr 06:01

beyondterrestrial: This is satisfying to me.



beyondterrestrial:

This is satisfying to me.

27 May 05:06

SURRENDER MUTANT

by Sailor Moon Says
Randy Laue

I spent way too much time on this channel, part 7

22 Jun 23:36

Words of Wisdom.

by Sailor Moon Says
Randy Laue

I spent way too much time on this channel, part 12

17 Jul 16:49

Wolverine Can't

by Sailor Moon Says
Randy Laue

I spent way too much time on this channel, part 11

17 Jul 17:01

I HAVE NO FRIENDS!

by Sailor Moon Says
Randy Laue

I spent way too much time on this channel, part 10

02 Sep 05:48

Shut Up, You're Going To Jail.

by Sailor Moon Says
Randy Laue

I spent way too much time on this channel, part 9

18 Feb 09:25

Beautiful Building

by Sailor Moon Says
Randy Laue

I spent way too much time on this channel, part 8

28 May 01:52

How the Sentinels Were Defeated

by Sailor Moon Says
Randy Laue

I spent way too much time on this channel, part 6

20 Jul 08:45

RUUUUGHHHHHHHHHHHGGHUUUUH

by Sailor Moon Says
Randy Laue

I spent way too much time on this channel, part 5

20 Jul 08:55

Moon Doom

by Sailor Moon Says
Randy Laue

I spent way too much time on this channel, part 4

20 Jul 21:38

OOOOOOOOOH NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

by Sailor Moon Says
Randy Laue

I spent way too much time on this channel, part 3

29 Jan 05:11

EXCELLENT

by Sailor Moon Says
Randy Laue

I spent way too much time on this channel, part 2

12 Feb 01:49

Let's Dance

by Sailor Moon Says
Randy Laue

I spent way too much time on this channel, part 1

23 Apr 03:49

When you get your wisdom teeth out and realize you wanna drop a mixtape

by Reynoldsboys2
23 Mar 20:30

Foss by Jeff Love

by Kieran

Chris Foss by Jeff Love

Sci-Fi-O-Rama proudly present a very special feature on Chris Foss, as profiled by Jeff Love, owner and admin of the sublime Sci-Fi art blog Ski-ffy.

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Born in 1946 in Guernsey, Channel Islands, Chris Foss is a British illustrator and a powerhouse of science fiction design and invention. His work is a celebration of future machinery, impossibly sized constructions exist on a planetary scale; a showcase of hardware so large that the human figure is dwarfed by comparison.

Chris Foss by Jeff Love

Arriving in the SF illustration field in the early 1970s, he is a cult figure, influential and universally admired. For British SF and SF art, his work can be seen as a catalyst; his prolific output was used abundantly in the UK paperback market, particularly by publishing houses like Panther, Coronet (Hodder & Stoughton) and Granada. Foss’ iconic paintings adorned the covers of American classics; E. E. Smith’s Lensman and Family d’Alembert series, reprints of the works of Asimov, James Blish and Philip K. Dick. These colourful scenes of gargantuan spacecraft, space-scenes and enormous robots not only influenced an entire school of imitators, but instilled a love of future-tech amongst several generations of science fiction fans.

Chris Foss by Jeff Love

His early life encouraged an interest in art, his endeavours with pencil won him a scholarship to a public school in Dorset. Exploration of the surrounding area yielded numerous influences; elements of post-war, semi-derelict, bombed-out buildings and shipyards can be seen in numerous examples of later work.

Chris Foss by Jeff Love

As a young man during the 1960s – by way of compromise – he found himself studying architecture at Cambridge University. His parents (both teachers) disapproved of his wishes to become a commercial artist. Finding architecture too drab a subject, Foss was reportedly something of an absentee student and by his second year he found himself providing strips of erotic artwork to Bob Guccione’s (later to publish OMNI) Penthouse magazine. The former being so impressed with the young artist that he put him on retainer to illustrate a Barbarella style strip.

Chris Foss by Jeff Love

Though he found steady work working for an architectural sculptor, the following years were not easy. After a few false starts whilst working various jobs to support himself, Foss career finally began to grow following an introduction to a design agency. Though he produced cover art for miscellaneous non-SF titles at first, this also included interior illustrations; careful line drawings for Alex Comfort’s The Joy Of Sex (1972) that showcased his talent as a varied and capable draughtsman. Meanwhile his reputation for skilfully depicting starships and future themes become so, that authors such as Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke would specifically ask for his work to be used on the covers of their novels.

Chris Foss by Jeff Love

As Foss’ name and portfolio grew, Hollywood called. Conceptual work followed for the planet Krypton (Richard Donner’s Superman – 1978) and early designs of the Leviathan and Nostromo spacecraft (Ridley Scott’s Alien – 1978) but perhaps most famous are his contributions to Alejandro Jodorowsky’s unrealised 1975 film adaptation of Frank Herbert’s Science Fiction classic Dune.

Chris Foss by Jeff Love

It is as a cover artist, however, that Foss is best-known. His arrival and rise in popularity initiated something of a renaissance amongst publishing houses and art editors. Previously (particularly in the UK), paperback covers – more often than not – were one of two ways: utilizing (or re-using) artwork previously found on the covers of American novels, nebulous, bland patterns or photography that suggested space as a theme, but depicted very little. There were exceptions of course, but Foss’ creations surely motivated on two fronts: in the eyes of the book buying public, as well as that of the publishers and art editors who had on their hands a skilful demonstration of the importance of jacket design, proof – if any were needed – that books can sell solely on the merit of the cover.

Chris Foss by Jeff Love

A new wave of artists soon followed in his footsteps as publishers sought artwork similar in tone and execution, similarly talented, wielding airbrushes. Not to diminish their talents: Tim White, Chris Moore, Peter Jones and Angus McKie’s early works often bear more than a passing resemblance, each frequently mistaken for the other, though each developed into their own, individual and recognizable artists in their own right. However, unlike the majority of his contemporaries, Foss is not a fan of SF, and as such did not read the books his was commissioned to illustrate jackets for. Scenes are rendered entirely from the imagination and as such do not illustrate scenes found inside novels. In this sense they can be seen as vague, or meaningless abstraction – but serve the purpose of creating interest in the books they appear on very well. The attraction is the technology; art for art’s sake.

Chris Foss by Jeff Love

Chris Foss by Jeff Love

Foss’ legacy is a body of work that informs us that in regards to fantastical spacecraft, elegance in appearance is not strictly necessary. Spacefaring vehicles could be as floating cathedrals, organic, asymmetrical leviathans as large as the imagination might allow. His visualisations of space hardware show incredible attention to detail: behemoths with scale reinforced by scatterings of pinpricks of light. Rejecting the needle-pointed, aerodynamic and militaristic rocket shapes established by pulp heroes, he opted instead for enormous and colourful industrial vessels, floating relics rendered with a weight of authenticity; free from the restrictions of mass in a vacuum.

Foss’ vessels may be enormous, but space is always bigger.

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Many, many Thanks to Jeff Love for this bloody brilliant article! be sure to check out his blog http://ski-ffy.blogspot.co.uk

To read up more about Foss please check the following articles:

Sci-fi artist Chris Foss talks through his inspirations

Chris Foss on the Nostromo (Alien 1979)

And finally If your interested in the very latest from Chris Foss himself check his site: chrisfossart.com

25 Apr 17:23

kateoplis: ‘Morning, gorgeous.



kateoplis:

‘Morning, gorgeous.

17 Mar 00:05

neil-gaiman: upworthy: There Were Too Many Deer In The Forest....



neil-gaiman:

upworthy:

There Were Too Many Deer In The Forest. So They Unleashed The Wolves Without Any Idea What Would Happen.

When the deer killed off the forest, they decided to let the wolves loose to fix it. We had no idea what exactly we had done.

If you haven’t seen this video, take a few minutes and watch it. You will be happy you did.

25 Apr 19:00

Grow up.



Grow up.

25 Apr 20:42

Some random PPG Twitter doodles from a whille back.



Some random PPG Twitter doodles from a whille back.

31 Mar 04:38

Dad Works Hard "White Shoes" OFFICIAL VIDEO

by Dad Works Hard Official YouTube Channel
Randy Laue

Mitch watch this

25 Apr 00:02

Photo



24 Apr 23:25

donutsornonuts: We are gathered here today because SOMEBODY *glares at coffin* couldn’t stay alive.

donutsornonuts:

We are gathered here today because SOMEBODY *glares at coffin* couldn’t stay alive.

24 Apr 00:00

(via)

Randy Laue

Essentially me



(via)

23 Apr 13:25

pug-of-war: Jump, Toad, jump!



pug-of-war:

Jump, Toad, jump!

19 Dec 21:34

Hamboning - Regular Show

by Brandon Torres
24 Apr 00:28

ochabang: Kyoto autumn gardens 2 by torne (where’s my lens...

24 Apr 00:38

earthil: travel, love, live



earthil:

travel, love, live

22 Apr 19:45

English Bulldog Lip Snoring

by 25+ Animals
21 Jan 18:25

Meanwhile in Yugoslavia

by Kocayine