Duncan Long's sci-fi book illustration for Ilex's SciFi Art Now

I just got word from editor John Freeman that five pieces of my artwork have been selected for inclusion in the Ilex Press’s upcoming book SciFi Art Now which Freeman is editing. I’ve posted one of the illustrations (above) and will post the other four in upcoming blogs.

Created in 2000, Ilex Press has gained a corner on high quality illustrated reference books and has also produced quality collections of artwork covering everything from fantasy and digital art to comic book illustrations. And now science fiction illustrations. John Freeman works as a freelance editor; you can find out more about this project in his blog.

I’ll admit it. Upon receiving the news, I wore a stupid grin on my face for about 12 hours (well, let’s be honest: a more-stupid-than-usual grin).

Seriously, it’s an honor to get a piece of artwork in a book like this; among the other illustrators are science fiction greats like veteran SF illustrator Chris Foss, Bob Eggleton, Ron Miller, Lee Gibbons, John Picacio, Rian Hughes and others.

Nice company to keep.

SciFi Art Now is slated for release in October 2010. Pre-orders can be made in the US at Amazon.com or in the UK via Amazon.co.uk

Notice my grin yet?
When not gloating, Duncan Long works as a freelance illustrator, with artwork published by HarperCollins, PS Publishing, Pocket Books, Solomon Press, Fort Ross, Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, and many other publishers — and self-publishing authors. See his book cover illustrations at: http://DuncanLong.com/art.html