Best Professional Artist Hugo: Eligible Works from 2018

(warning: this post is heavily image-intensive, and will probably not work well on mobile devices: flee now, or prepare to meet your doom extremely slow page download)

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, this post provides information on the artists and designers of more than 560 works which appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy for the first time in 2018.

These credits have been accumulated during the course of the year, from copyright pages, Acknowledgments sections, and public posts by artists, authors, and publishers, as well as other sources on the internet.

Because it is difficult to provide a list ordered by name when artwork is frequently credited to two or more artists and/or designers, I have uploaded my main spreadsheet with all accumulated data here.

In this post I will display up to 12 images of artworks for each artist for whom I have identified 4 or more works which appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy for the first time in 2018.

Please note carefully the eligibility criteria according to the WSFS Constitution:


Professional Artist

3.3.12: Best Professional Artist. An illustrator whose work has appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy during the previous calendar year.

3.2.11: A Professional Publication is one which meets at least one of the following two criteria:
(1) it provided at least a quarter the income of any one person or,
(2) was owned or published by any entity which provided at least a quarter the income of any of its staff and/or owner.

3.10.2: In the Best Professional Artist category, the acceptance should include citations of at least three (3) works first published in the eligible year.


Under the current rules, artwork for semiprozines and fanzines is not eligible in this category. You can check whether a publication is a prozine or a semiprozine in this directory (the semiprozine list is at the top of the page, and the prozine directory is at the bottom).

Please be sure to check the spreadsheet first; but then, if you are able to confirm credits missing 2018-original works and the names of their artists from Acknowledgments sections, copyright pages, or by contacting authors and/or artists, go ahead and add them in comments, and I will get them included in the spreadsheet, and if the artist is credited with at least 4 works, in this post. If you have questions or corrections, please add those also. Please note that works may or may not be added to the list at my discretion.

PLEASE DON’T ADD GUESSES.

Artists, Authors, Editors and Publishers are welcome to post in comments here, or to send their lists to jjfile770 [at] gmail [dot] com.


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11 thoughts on “Best Professional Artist Hugo: Eligible Works from 2018

  1. The pieces by Tracy J. Lee are actually fantastic animated GIFs, which are unfortunately too large and CPU-intensive to be hosted here. Filers with the bandwidth to do so are encouraged to view the originals:

    The Future of Work” SF Issue, WIRED Magazine, December 16, 2018
    Compulsory” by Martha Wells, short story
    The Farm” by Charlie Jane Anders, short story
    The Trustless” by Ken Liu, short story
    Placebo” by Charles Yu, short story
    The Branch” by Eugene Lim, short story
    Maximum Outflow” by Adam Rogers, short story
    The Third Petal” by Nisi Shawl, short story
    Real Girls” by Laurie Penny, short story

    Motherboard seems to be one of the multitude of sites these days which co-opts users’ CPUs for bitcurrency mining, so I always close my browser after I’ve visited to shut down all unwanted background processes.

  2. This post has been has been included in the Series, Editor, and Artist permalink page, which appears in the top header on every File 770 page.

  3. Oh man, the ones where you can stitch the covers together for one large image are beautiful. I mean, all of them are beautiful, but I love the multi-cover works.

  4. Becca: Oh man, the ones where you can stitch the covers together for one large image are beautiful. I mean, all of them are beautiful, but I love the multi-cover works.

    I love those, too. It’s a shame that the font and font color choices for those books are so poorly-done.

    If you haven’t yet, you can click on them to see larger versions of just the art without the crappy titles. In many cases with a lot of the works in this post, clicking on the thumbnails will reveal much nicer-looking art, uncropped and unobscured by text.

  5. Tithi Luadthong is also the cover artist for my In Love and War series, though that doesn’t affect their eligibility for best professional artist, because mine are under the sales threshold. However, a lot of Tithi Ludthong’s work is available via stock art sites and I’m not sure how that affects their eligibility.

    Chris McGrath also did covers for the Dragon Slayer series by indie author Michael-Scott Earle who used to sell well enough to be a full-time author/publisher. According to ISFDB, the books all came out in 2018, though they’re unavailable since Amazon banned Earle for shady tactics a few months ago.

  6. Over the last two weeks, I have added galleries for:
    (with the exception of Mollica who is on Page 3, all the rest are on Page 4)

    Gene Mollica
    John Jude Palencar
    Dave Palumbo
    Will Staehle
    Jamie Stafford-Hill
    Charles Vess

    Additional images were uploaded for:
    Julie Dillon (Page 2)
    Jaime Jones (Page 3)

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