Quotes by Sci-Fi artists
"Attention is the function of the image, and communication is its purpose."
"For me there's a huge difference between calling up images that come from within,
and having a brief from which I'm supposed to describe something."
"The effect that color has on us is largely a visceral one, bypassing the
logical and analytical process, and appealing to our emotional center.
This direct ‘hotline’ to our emotions, I would say, is more akin to
music. Less easily ambushed by our conditioning, it’s a vibration,
setting up an equivalent vibration within us, and therefore a highly
effective means of communicating feeling."
"I think art that you can describe in an intellectual way, in a verbal
way, loses an awful lot. It's not as strong an art as the art that
leaves many questions."
"But the sketch, to me, is the most important part of the process. This
is where the heart of the work comes from and sometimes it takes longer
than the final painting."
"I think the fear of poverty and the pleasure of painting influences me most."
"I think there's a hierarchy in the quality of art, measured by the amount
of skill and thought that went into a piece, the amount of communication
that comes from it, and the effect it has on the viewer. Little of this
is apparent in most 20th-century art."
Vincent Di Fate:
"I don't pretend to be a great painter. What I am is a competent illustrator
who is very seldom given the opportunity to do a competent job."
"What I know about artists is that we feel the sky is always falling, that the past
was always better (which it usually wasn't), and that the future always looks bleak."
"To me, this subject [Sci-Fi art] has been so close that it is like the air
I breathe. Without it, my life would be meaningless. And, perhaps, obsessed with it
as I have been, my life might still be without meaning."
"Artists who are used to the old methodology of applying paint with a
brush dismiss computers on the absurd assumption that it's just another
tool. It's not just another tool. It can take an incompetent draughtsman
and suddenly make him a Rembrandt."
"I find I really have to identify with something and get very involved with it
to make it come out really good. If I'm bored with something it'll come out
boring. And this was a lot of the problem with commercial art."
"The real pleasure for me comes from creating something satisfying with the limited
materials and resources available."
"If I didn't have to earn a living, I would do the science-fiction work all the time.
[...] I would do bigger paintings, more elaborate paintings, more involved paintings."
"Sometimes the whole process just flows and works without a hitch,
sometimes I can get stuck on an idea or design. My favourite solution to
that is to get on the bike and cycle 40 or 50 miles; I do my best
thinking on the bike."
"The essence of creating art is in selection and editing, in presenting a refined vision
that communicates something of the soul of the artist and his or her subject."
"I think gadget freaks are too overly optimistic, like some science fiction writers.
They think all problems can be solved with the right machinery. Gadgets always
claim to make life simpler but somehow it only seems to get more complex."
"I believe sanctity exists in many forms and locations other than those recognized
by orthodox and particularly state religion. Even the most profane music can
sometimes contain an instrumental sequence that elevates the average pop
song to a level of blissful transcendence. The richness of modern synthetic
sounds has a kind of purity I like. Similarly, the most tasteless and gaudy
colours used in cheap advertising can occasionally produce an icon of startling
beauty. The sacred and symbolic are all around us - only conditioning and
low expectations prevent the majority of people from noticing them."
"The final painting never bears any relation to the rough art at all. Things just
happen - I get a better idea or there's an accident on the board and I suddenly
realize that something else will actually work much batter. All sorts of things
can happen. I would say that ninety percent of the paintings are improvisation."
Frank Kelly Freas:
"I think that science fiction art is as valid a part of our culture
as is science fiction. I think it's one of the most important fields
of literature that exists today. It may just save our silly necks.
If it isn't the ideas which have been planted in the minds of young
scientists, as a result of reading science fiction these last thirty
years that save us, then we're not going to be saved.
Science fiction, as a literature, teaches people to think beyond the
obvious answers; that even when they think they have a good answer,
they should turn it upside down and examine it from another perspective.
As an art form, science fiction is a vital part of our culture, and
science fiction art is an integral part of the package."
"If you are attempting to do this as a living, don't take the art too
seriously, I did once, and the result was a severe depression and
burnout, in my 3rd trimester of Art Center College. Since then, I
"dropped out" of trying to outdo other artists in technical style, time
spent on the art, and popularity of the subject, etc."