2019 Chesley Award Finalists (for 2018 Works)

     This is the official final nomination list for the 34th annual ASFA awards, the Chesleys. The Chesleys, named for the great astronomical artist Chesley Bonestell, started in 1985 as a means for the Science Fiction and Fantasy art community to recognize individual works and achievements in a given year. This year's awards are for works and achievements in the period from January 1st to December 31st 2018.

     The ballot is a ranked preference vote. Within each category, please rank each nominee in order of preference, with “1” for your first choice, “2” for your second choice and so on... Unranked nominees will not be tallied. You may not vote for your own art. If you have any questions please let us know - you can email the president at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Best Cover Illustration - Hardback Book - Album: coming soon

  • Tommy Arnold  - Red Rising by Pierce Brown Subterranean Press March 2018
  • Jensine Eckwall - Soulless Illustrated Edition by Gail Carriger Orbit Books September 2018
  • Jon Foster - I Met a Traveller in an Antique Land by Connie Willis Subterranean Press April 2018
  • Michael Komarck - Low Chicago edited by George R. R. Martin Tor June 2018
  • Maurizio Manzieri - The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard Subterranean Press March 2018
  • John Jude Palencar - The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm: Tales from Alagaësia by Christopher Paolini Knopf December 2018
  • Charles Vess - The Books of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin Saga Press October 2018
  • Rebecca Yanovskaya - Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner Redhook September 2018

 Best Cover Illustration - Paperback Book/Ebook Album: coming soon

  • Melissa Gay - The Year's Best Military & Adventure SF, Vol 4 edited by David Afsharirad Baen Books June 2018
  • Donato Giancola - Warrior by Terry Brooks Grim Oaks Press September 2018
  • Nataša Ilinčić - The Raven's Ballad: A Retelling of the Swan Princess (Otherworld Book 5) by Emma Hamm Self Published December 2018
  • Amanda Makepeace - Diabolical Plots Year Three Edited by David Steffen Diabolical Plots, L.L.C. June 2018
  • John Picacio - Constance Verity Saves the World by A. Lee Martinez Simon & Schuster / Saga Press July 2018
  • Nicholas Sciacca - The Tangled Lands by Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias Buckell Saga Press February 2018

Best Magazine Illustration Album: coming soon

  • Cindy Fan - Strange Horizons # 19 November 2018
  • Donato Giancola - Analog March/April 2018
  • Arthur Haas - Clarkesworld #140, May 2018
  • Sean Andrew Murray - Clarkesworld Magazine #141, June 2018
  • Greg Ruth - Stranger Things 2 Variant Cover, Dark Horse, October 31, 2018

Best Interior Illustration Album: coming soon

  • Audrey Benjaminsen - "Triquetra" by Kirstyn McDermott Tor.com September 2018
  • Jon Foster - Legion: Lies of the Beholder by Brandon Sanderson Subterranean Press November 2018
  • Vanessa Lemen - The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin Easton Press November 2018 (8 Illustrations in all)
  • John Picacio - "Evernight" by Victor Milán Tor.com February 2018
  • Charles Vess - The Books of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin Saga Press October 2018
  • Jeremy Wilson - Yellow by Bill Perry Self-published online November 2018

Best Gaming Related Illustration Album: coming soon

  • Kari Christensen - “Feasting Hunger” Elder Scrolls Legends Houses of Morrowind Betheseda Softworks April 2018
  • Jesper Ejsing - “Bitterblossum” Ultimate Masters Magic card WotC, December 2018
  • Lars Grant-West - “Glowspore” Shaman Guilds of Ravinca WotC, October 2018
  • Howard Lyon - “Octopus Umbra” Commander Magic card WotC, August 2018
  • Mitchell Malloy - “Frantic Search” Ultimate Masters Magic card WotC, December 2018
  • Ryan Pancoast - “Knight of Autumn” Guilds of Ravnica Magic card WotC, October 2018

Best Product Illustration Album: coming soon

  • Devon Dorrity - “Dragonsteel” Bronze & LED backlighting logo for Brandon Sanderson's production company Dragonsteel Entertainment 2018
  • Rachel Quinlan - “Portal” Promotional image for the Detroit Festival of Books, June 2018
  • John Jude Palencar - George R. R. Martin A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar Bantam, July 2018
  • John Picacio - La Musica” Lone Boy, December 2018
  • Charles Urbach - "The Pirate Queen” Gary Con Promotional Art, Released 2018
  • Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell - Boris Vallejo & Julie Bell's Fantasy Calendar Workman Publishing, July 2018

Best Color Work - Unpublished Album: coming soon

  • Julie Bell - Pegasus Befriends the Muses Oil on wood
  • Ingrid Kallick - The Gardener Of Souls Acrylic on masonite
  • Melissa Gay - Harvest Oil
  • Te Hu - 8 buddha: jingnangshou Digital
  • Mark Poole - Falling Acrylic
  • Eric Wilkerson - The Oba Oil on Panel

Best Monochrome Work - Unpublished Album: coming soon

  • Michael Blank - The Midnight Encounter Photoshop
  • Emily Hare - Unburnt Watercolor
  • Yoann Lossel - Diane Graphite, Gold Leaf, mixed
  • Matthew Stewart - The Scroll of Isildur Red Watercolor pencil and white pencil on toned paper
  • Chris Wade - Failure To Launch: Grounded Graphite Pencil
  • Babs Webb - Vacant Memory Powdered graphite on bristol

Best Three Dimensional Art Album: coming soon

  • Daria Aksenova - Metamorphosis Paper
  • Dan Chudzinski - Grim Epoxy, Sculpt, Foam, Steel, Acrylic Paint
  • Devon Dorrity - Lilith and the Serpent Bronze
  • Patrick Masson - Reflection Fimo and Magic Sculpt
  • Forest Rogers - Green Faun Mixed
  • Vincent Villafranca - Bane of Thieves Bronze

Best Art Director

  • Neil Clarke - Clarkesworld Magazine
  • Irene Gallo - Tor Books/Tor.com
  • Dawn Murin - Wizards of the Coast
  • Lauren Panepinto - Orbit Books
  • Cynthia Sheppard - Wizards of the Coast

Lifetime Artistic Achievement Award

  • Diane Dillon
  • Jeff Easley
  • Greg Manchess
  • Iain McCaig
  • Ruth Sanderson
  • Allen Williams
  • Charles Vess