The Science Fiction Art Of Vincent Di Fate (book review).

July 18, 2017 | By | Reply More

I’ve known of Vincent Di Fate ever since I got the huge book of his, ‘Infinite Worlds: Fantastic Visions Of Science Fiction Art’, giving the history of SF art that I really ought to find time to review here. As Di Fate’s art is mostly on the other side of the pond, I hadn’t really had a chance to examine it until I came across ‘The Science Fiction Art Of Vincent Di Fate’ last year. That book ‘Science Fiction And Fantasy Artists Of The Twentieth Century: A Biographical Dictionary’ by Jane Frank has a lot to answer for in an enjoyable way.

Di Fate was given his start by John Campbell Jr. no less for ‘Analog’, doing the illustrations for stories that were hard to illustrate by other artists, but it got Vincent up the ladder. He also developed a reputation as being a gadget man, that is painting spaceships rather than people, which he says he regrets now. Even so, looking at his paintings here you do get a sense of his own evolution of design over the years.

Although released in 2001, this book is still worth a look. Di Fate is articulate on a variety of subjects and his artistic skills weren’t just used in Science Fiction but also astro-art, horror and a smidgeon of fantasy in not only covers but black and white illustrations as well. He discusses his subjects like a geek would so you know you’re in good company.

As the book price varies a lot over the Net, you should be able to pick up a decent bargain if you look around.

GF Willmetts

July 2017

(pub: Paper Tiger, 2001. 112 page illustrated large hardback. Price: varies a lot but you might get the odd bargain. ISBN: 1-85585-949-1)

check out website: www.vincentdifate.com/

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Category: Books, Illustration, Scifi

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Geoff Willmetts has been editor at SFCrowsnest for some 15 plus years now, showing a versatility and knowledge in not only Science Fiction, but also the sciences and arts, all of which has been displayed here through editorials, reviews, articles and stories. With the latter, he has been running a short story series under the title of ‘Psi-Kicks’ If you want to contribute to SFCrowsnest, read the guidelines and show him what you can do. If it isn’t usable, he spends as much time telling you what the problems is as he would with material he accepts. This is largely how he got called an Uncle, as in Dutch Uncle. He’s not actually Dutch but hails from the west country in the UK.

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