It all started way way back in 2009 with a bunch of artists I had worked with at Weta Workshop, all of whom had considered producing their own art books but never had enough time or resources to make it happen (with the notable exception of the over-achiever Greg Broadmore).
Having worked on The World of Kong
and Crafting of Narnia,
I figured that the best chance of getting our own personal work into a book was to band together collaboratively. With the production assistance of master artist wrangler Kate Jorgensen and the “Famous Five” brain-trust (Ben Wootten, Christian Pearce, Greg Broadmore, Stephen Crowe and Warren Mahy) we forged ahead and created a hundred page mock up of what was to become White Cloud Worlds
, New Zealand’s first science fiction and fantasy anthology.
Since then it’s been a wild ride, with over 50 artists sharing their artistic worlds in two volumes, a touring New Zealand exhibition that was seen by over 100,000 people and regular appearances at the New Zealand Armageddon Expo. Internationally, White Cloud Worlds was hosted at the Weta booth at San Diego Comic Con 2011 and 2013, along with the Supanova Expo in Brisbane and Adelaide. Heading out on our own, White Cloud Worlds followed the yellow brick road to Kansas exhibiting at Spectrum Fantastic Art Live convention in 2012-13. We even made it to Colognes prestigious Blooom Art Fair
in October in 2011.
It’s been an incredible experience and privilege to work with so many talented people, both artists and production staff. We have also been fortunate in receiving written contributions from some of the world’s most celebrated leaders in the fields of science fiction and fantasy art, such as Guillermo Del Toro, Richard Taylor, Alan Lee and John Howe, Iain McCaig and Wayne Barlowe and endorsements from James Gurney, Donato Giancola, Christian Gossett and Andy Serkis.
If you are interested in knowing more please check out our White Cloud Worlds
You can also check out artist Christian Pearce's awesome video
preview for Volume One!
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