Best Professional Artist Hugo: Eligible Works from 2020

By JJ: To assist Hugo nominators, this post provides information on the artists and designers of nearly 750 works which appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy for the first time in 2020.

These credits have been accumulated over the course of the year from dust jackets, Acknowledgments sections and copyright pages in works, cover reveal blog posts, and other sources on the internet. This year, Filers Martin Pyne and Karen B. also collected this information, and though we had a lot of overlap, their extra entries have greatly increased the information we are able to provide you. My profound thanks go to Martin and Karen for all of their hard work.

You can see the full combined spreadsheet of Editor and Artist credits here (I will be continuing to update this as I get more information).

In this post I will display up to 8 images of artworks for each artist for whom I have identified 3 or more works which appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy for the first time in 2020. Clicking on the thumbnail will open a full-screen version of each work; where I could find a version of the work without titles, that is the image which is linked.

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 2020-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 3 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.


(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)


The following works have been confirmed, to the best of my ability, as having appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy for the first time in 2020. Clicking on the thumbnail will display a larger version; where possible, the larger version will be the original artwork before cropping and the addition of titles.


Micaela Alcaino


Colin Anderson


Katie Anderson


Richard Anderson


Adam Auerbach


Scott Bakal


Anna Balbusso and Elena Balbusso


Ben Baldwin


Billy Bogiatzoglou (Billelis)


BlackSheep UK


Rovina Cai


Iris Compiet


Owen Corrigan


Emily Courdelle


David Curtis


Galen Dara


Dan Dos Santos


Rebekka Dunlap


Bob Eggleton


Micah Epstein


Fangorn


FORT


Jon Foster


Damon Freeman


Donato Giancola


Grandeduc


Tim Green / Faceout Studio


Dominic Harman


Mike Heath (Magnus Creative)


Bonnie Helen Hawkins


Sam Hogg


Kathleen Jennings (handcut paper silhouettes)


Tom Kidd


Yeon Kim


Jody Lee


Elizabeth Leggett


Paul Lewin


Julia Lloyd


Todd Lockwood


Tithi Luadthong (Grandfailure)


Maurizio Manzieri


Tony Mauro


Chris McGrath


Jaya Miceli


Kurt Miller


Reiko Murakami


Laya Rose Mutton-Rogers


Leo Nickolls


Cliff Nielsen


Shasti O’Leary Soudant


David Palumbo


Lauren Panepinto


Lisa Marie Pompilio


Shane Rebenschied


Tricia Reeks


Larry Rostant


Greg Ruth


Vincent Sammy


Dave Seeley


Chris Sickels / Red Nose Studio (3D sculpture)


Marc Simonetti


Will Staehle


Jamie Stafford-Hill


Elizabeth Story


Jim Tierney


Kieryn Tyler


Vault 49


Magali Villeneuve


Sam Weber


Alyssa Winans


Paul Young


Damon Za


Eldar Zakirov


12 thoughts on “Best Professional Artist Hugo: Eligible Works from 2020

  1. Thanks so much for all of this! What a tremendous amount of work and I appreciate it greatly. It’s going to be very useful for me this year.

  2. Laura and Stuart, thanks for those links. Those 3 artists have been added to the gallery.

  3. I see Paul Lewin in the spreadsheet for the cover of the Subterranean Press edition of How Long ’til Black Future Month?. Three more full-color interior illustrations are shown on the Subterranean Press page. (Click the thumbnail and then the slightly larger pic for an enlarged version.)

  4. This is great!

    I see Sija Hong is in the spreadsheet for the cover for The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water; she also did the cover for the 2020 Chinese edition of Coraline (https://www.instagram.com/p/CEWaxHIDT16/) and the cover and interiors for Monstrous Tales, published by Chronicle Books (https://www.instagram.com/p/CD1Rs2WD3C-/, https://www.instagram.com/p/CEO11YlD27w/, many others). I’m never 100% sure what counts as a professional publication, but hopefully that helps.

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