I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about writing lately. My first draft of my novel is nearly complete, and once I finish it I will be setting it aside for a few months before diving back in for revision. The next project is to write a few short stories, the ideas for which are still percolating. I’ve been looking for inspiration in various places, and stumbled across a site full of sci-fi/fantasy type artwork by Kimmo Isokoski (with a name like that he’s got to be Finnish).
Unfortunatley I’m not an art afficionado, let alone a sci-fi art consumer, so I lack the vocabulary and background to evaluate or describe his style. His other-world settings are imaginative, approach photo-realism (right down to lens flares), and seem to give homage to sci-fi art from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s (there’s one that’s pure 1930’s Buck Rogers). In short, I like it. I don’t know if he’s already working as a book artist, but he probably should be.
I was able to get his permission to share some on my site, but I encourage you to go check out his work: Science Fiction & Space Art. It’s pretty impressive.