2021 Chesley Awards Winners

The 2021 Chesley Awards winners were announced by the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists (ASFA) in a virtual ceremony:

Best Cover Illustration: Hardcover

Best Cover Illustration: Paperback or Ebook

Best Magazine Illustration

  • WINNER: Francesca Resta for Clarkesworld #169
  • Arjun Amky for Clarkesworld #170
  • Evan Cagle for Stranger Things: Into the Fire #4 (Dark Horse)
  • Tithi Luadthong for Lightspeed #123
  • Tim O’Brien for Time (August 2020)
  • Rodion Shaldo for Clarkesworld #168

Best Interior Illustration

Best Color Work: Unpublished

  • WINNER: Kai Carpenter, “The Selkie” (Oils)
  • Marcela Bolívar, “Hothouse” (Digital)
  • Bruce Brenneise, “Garden of Solitude” (Digital)
  • Amelia Leonards, “Melody of Shattered Bars” (Watercolor/Ink)
  • Rachel Quinlan, “Luminous” (Watercolor/Ink)
  • Danny Schwartz, “Lily court” (Acrylic on Board)
  • Charles Urbach, “Chapters Infinite” (Color pencils)

Best Monochrome Work: Unpublished

  • WINNER: Ashley Hankins, “Unmasked” (Digital)
  • Daria Aksenova, “? (Yáng)” (Pen and Ink on hand-cut, suspended, layered paper in a hand-built, gilded Italian frame)
  • Julia Lundman, “Spring Ghosts” (Graphite)
  • Gary Villarreal, “Romantic Storyteller” (Graphite)
  • Marta Witkiewicz, “Enchanted” (Graphite)

Best Three-Dimensional Art

  • WINNER: Lisa Sell, “The Birdcage Bandit” (Mixed Media)
  • Sara Felix, “Air Tiara” (Mixed media, resin and metal patinas)
  • Thomas Kuebler, “Black Widow” (Mixed Media)
  • Tach Pollard, “Wind Walker” (burnt hawthorn)
  • Leia Powell, “Flight into Fantasy” (Stained Glass)
  • Forest Rogers, “Dream of Quan Yin” (Clay / Mixed Media)
  • Karl Deen, Sanders “Siren” (Bronze upon an Onyx base)

Best Gaming-Related Illustration

  • WINNER: Lindsey Look, “Sublime Epiphany” (Magic: the Gathering Core Set 2021 )
  • Joanna Barnum, Overlight: The Lost Spire of Tziuhquatl (Renegade Game Studios)
  • Seb McKinnon, “Cuombajj Witches” (Magic: the Gathering Commander Legends)
  • Christian Piccolo, “Roswell Skateboard” In-game and real world skate board deck art for Tony Hawk Pro-Skater 1 & 2 (Vicarious Visions)
  • Charles Urbach, “The Whispering Heart” Tabletop RPG Solo Gaming Adventure Das Schwarze Auge (The Dark Eye), Ulisses Spiele
  • Jabari Weathers, Dissident Whispers cover (Whisper Collective)

Best Product Illustration

  • WINNER: Wylie Beckert, “A Clockwork Orange” (MONDO poster)
  • Jason Edmiston, “The Invisible Man” (MONDO poster)
  • Te Hu, “Nine songs” (Mural for the 14th China International Comic Festival in Guangzhou)
  • Heather Kreiter, Genevieve Plush Mascot Plush (Licensed for Gen Con)
  • Vanessa Lemen, “Psyche” (Promo for Reckless Deck: PSYCHE)
  • John Picacio, La Maceta / The Flowerpot Loteria card (Lone Boy)
  • Greg Ruth, “Ad Astra” (MONDO poster)

Best Art Director

  • WINNER: Irene Gallo
  • Neil Clarke
  • Rebecca Dornsife
  • Lauren Panepinto
  • Nadine Schäkel
  • Megan Walker

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

  • WINNER: Richard Corben
  • Gregory Manchess
  • Iain McCaig
  • Wendy Pini
  • William Stout
  • Allen Williams

For more information, see the ASFA website.

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