Julie Dillon (born in 1982) is an American artist specializing in science fiction and fantasy art. A freelance illustrator, Dillon has created images for games, book and magazine covers, and covers for musical albums. Dillon's work has been nominated for the Chesley Award three times; she won the 2010 Chesley Award for Best Unpublished Color for "Planetary Alignment" (subsequently published as a cover for Clarkesworld Magazine), as well as the 2011 Chesley Award for "The Dala Horse" in Best Interior Illustration. She was nominated for the World Fantasy Award for Best Artist in 2012 and received the Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist in 2014, 2015, and 2017. She also received two Chesley Awards in 2015 for the Best Cover Illustrations for a magazine and a hardback book. Dillon lives and works in California.
Dillon received a BFA in Fine Arts from Sacramento State University in 2005, with continued education at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco and Watts Atelier.
Dillon recently completed art for the Llewellyn Worldwide Astrology 2014 calendar.
In 2014 Dillon successfully ran a kickstarter campaign to fund self-publication of a fantasy art collection titled Imagined Realms: Book 1. In 2015 Dillon successfully ran a kickstarter campaign to fund self-publication of a second collection with a science fiction theme, titled Imagined Realms: Book 2.
Awards and nominations
- 2017 World Fantasy Award for Best Artist (nominee)
- 2015 Hugo Award Winner for Best Professional Artist
- 2015 Chesley Award for Best Cover Illustration - Magazine
- 2015 Chesley Award for Best Cover Illustration - Hardback Book
- 2014 Hugo Award Winner for Best Professional Artist
- 2013 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Professional Artist
- 2012 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Artist
- 2011 Chesley Award Winner for "The Dala Horse" in Best Interior Illustration
- Winner of Best Color Work, Best Artist, and Best in Show at ArmadilloCon Art Show
- 2010 Chesley Award Winner for "Planetary Alignment" in Best Unpublished Color, and 2010 Chesley Nominee for "Honeycomb" in Best Magazine Art
- Included in Spectrum 17, Spectrum 18, and Spectrum 19
- "Artificial Dreams" featured as the cover art for Corel Painter 12’s 20th Anniversary
- Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show Best Cover Illustration in 2010 for "The Never Never Wizard of Apalachicola"
- "Snow, Glass, Apples" by Neil Gaiman (Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab chapter book)
- Crossed Genres, Issue 12 (Nov 2009)
- "Honeycomb", Clarkesworld Magazine (September 2010)
- "The Never Never Wizard of Apalachicola", by Jason Sanford - used in Issue 20 of InterGalactic Medicine Show (Dec 2010), as well as on the cover of InterGalactic Awards Anthology, Volume I, both edited by Edmund R. Schubert and Orson Scott Card
- "Nautili", Clarkesworld Magazine (February 2011)
- "Gold Sea", Lightspeed Magazine (May 2011)
- "Under the Surface", by Nina Kiriki Hoffman - Issue 25, InterGalactic Medicine Show (Nov 2011)
- "Planetary Alignment", Clarkesworld Magazine (November 2011)
- "Breaking Through", Clarkesworld Magazine (October 2012)
- Luck of the Draw, by Piers Anthony (December 2012)
- The Dark is Rising, by Susan Cooper (June 2013)
- Long Hidden: Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History, edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older (January 2014)
- Fantasy Art - Julie Dillon Dark Wolf's Fantasy Reviews, July 8, 2009. Accessed 1-28-2013
- Deviant Art: Llewellyn Worldwide Astrology 2014 calendar Cover
- Imagined Realms: Book 1 - New Fantasy Art by Julie Dillon Crowd-funded project on kickstarter.com. Accessed 10-19-2014
- Imagined Realms: Book 2 - Earth and Sky by Julie Dillon Crowd-funded project on kickstarter.com. Accessed 04-06-2015
- 2014 Hugo Award Winners
- 2013 Hugo Award Nominees
- The Never Never Wizard of Apalachicola, by Jason Sanford, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Issue 20
- Official website
- Lightspeed Magazine Artist Spotlight: Julie Dillon, by Erin Stocks
- The Process of Creating "Nautili", by Julie Dillon
- The Incredible Digital Artwork of Julie Dillon, by Melody Nieves, Mar 3rd 2012