John Picacio

JOHN PICACIO has illustrated covers for books by Harlan Ellison, Michael Moorcock, Robert Silverberg, Frederik Pohl, Jeffrey Ford, Robert Heinlein, Graham Joyce, Mike Resnick, and many, many more.  He is currently one of the finalists for the prestigious Hugo Award in the Best Professional Artist category (his third consecutive nomination), as well as this year’s Best Related Book Hugo category.  He has won the International Horror Guild Award, the Chesley Award, and the much-coveted World Fantasy Award.  A lush, 200-page hardcover collection of his work, COVER STORY: THE ART OF JOHN PICACIO, is now available from MonkeyBrain Books.  For more info, please see

Recently published - COVER STORY: THE ART OF JOHN PICACIO (MonkeyBrain Books, 2006) -- Note: This artbook is a 2007 Hugo Finalist for Best Related Book.

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John Picacio is an award-winning illustrator who has created covers for works by Harlan Ellison, Michael Moorcock, Robert Silverberg, Neil Gaiman, Robert Heinlein, Joe R. Lansdale, Jeffrey Ford, Graham Joyce, Stephen Jones, Lucius Shepard, Justina Robson, David Gemmell, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Frederik Pohl, Hal Clement, and many, many more.  In 1992, he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Texas at Austin.  Four years later, he illustrated his first book—the 30th Anniversary Edition of Michael Moorcock’s Behold the Man.  In May 2001, he chose a career in illustration over a career in architecture and devoted himself fulltime to the craft of illustration.  Since then, his client list has continued to grow, including companies such as Random House/Del Rey; HarperCollins/Eos; Tor Books; Pocket Books; Pyr; MonkeyBrain Books; Viking Children’s Books; Roc Books; Tachyon; Golden Gryphon Press; Orion/Gollancz; Night Shade Books; Earthling; and Realms of Fantasy Magazine.  Some of his most notable covers include The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant by Jeffrey Ford (Golden Gryphon); Live Without A Net, edited by Lou Anders (Roc); Ghosts of Columbia by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Tor Books); A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller, Jr. (HarperCollins/Eos); Gateway by Frederik Pohl (Ballantine/Del Rey); Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree, Jr. (Tachyon); The Cat’s Pajamas by James Morrow (Tachyon); Wizardry & Wild Romance by Michael Moorcock (MonkeyBrain Books); Star of Gypsies by Robert Silverberg (Pyr); Bumper Crop by Joe R. Lansdale (Golden Gryphon); Here, There & Everywhere by Chris Roberson (Pyr); Face by Tim Lebbon (Night Shade); More Tomorrow & Other Stories by Michael Marshall Smith (Earthling); The Mammoth Book of New Terror (edited by Stephen Jones) and the 35th Anniversary Edition of Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison (iBooks).  In 2002, he received the International Horror Guild Award for Best Artist.  In 2005, he received a Chesley Award (for Best Paperback Cover) and the much-coveted World Fantasy Award (Artist).  In 2006, he received the Chesley Award for Artistic Achievement (the most prestigious honor given by the Association of Science Fiction & Fantasy Artists).  In 2007, he received his second consecutive Locus Award nomination in the Artist category, and another in the Best Art Book category.  In addition, he’s a Hugo Award finalist (Best Professional Artist) for the third consecutive year.  Cover Story: The Art of John Picacio, a 200-page major hardcover of the best of his cover work, is available in bookstores everywhere, courtesy of MonkeyBrain Books.  A 2007 Locus Award finalist for Best Art Book, Cover Story is also a 2007 Hugo Award finalist for Best Related Book.  He and his wife, Traci, live in San Antonio, Texas.  For more info and images, please see

Fri1400The Art of John PicacioA slide presentation of John Picacio's artwork.John PICACIO
Sat1000What Editors Want From ArtistsIs it realism? A particular color? Many editors return to the same artists again and again. What sets these paragons apart? Style? Originality? A distinctive look or varied approach? Reliable telepathy? (Oh, and must the artist read the story, or what?)Bob EGGLETON, Jennie FARIES, John PICACIO, Karen HABER, Lou ANDERS, Betsy MITCHELL
Sat1200Autographs John PICACIO