10 Science Fiction Illustrators You Should Know

We’ve been big fans of Swedish illustrator, animator, and graphic designer Kilian Eng for some time. Eng’s science fiction-inspired artworks are architectural, elegant, and punctuated with electrifying colors. They also channel the iconic illustrators from the past — especially French legend Moebius. It’s no wonder the artist’s monograph Object 5 has been out of print, but publisher Floating World Comics has reissued the book as a European album hardcover with 16 new pages of art. Eng’s style has us nostalgic for some of the sci-fi illustration greats we love. Here are ten you should know.

Virgil Finlay

Virgil Finlay

We featured the work of the prolific Finlay in 2011:

Virgil Finlay is a legend in fantasy, sci-fi, and horror realms (he was also a big fan of the genre) for his incredibly detailed and near obsessive style that combined stippling and scratchboard techniques reminiscent of French artist Gustave Doré. Even master of the Old Ones, H.P. Lovecraft, sang Finlay’s praises. There was an inky depth, richness, and texture in his work that was unlike any other during his time.