Since the release of his first book in 1979, Barlowe’s Guide to Extraterrestrials, and the subsequent Barlowe’s Guide to Fantasy (1996), Wayne Barlowe has developed into one of the finest illustrators of fantasy hellscapes. His demonic figures and infernal environments are inspired by the works of William Blake, and paintings such as John Martin’s Pandemonium, 1841. Using such imagery, Barlowe has fascinated readers of his books Barlowe’s Inferno (1998), God’s Demon (2007), The Heart of Hell (2019), and PSYCHOPOMP: The Art of Hell (2021).
Barlowe has also applied his unique style and world building to the cinema, creating concept art and creature design for several fantasy and science fiction films, including Galaxy Quest (1999), Hellboy (2004), Avatar (2009), John Carter (2012), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), Pacific Rim (2013), and Aquaman (2018).
Illustrations by Wayne Barlowe
Barlowe, Wayne. The Alien Life of Wayne Barlowe. Beverly Hills, CA: Morpheus International, 1995.
———. The Art of Wayne Barlowe. London: Titan Books, 2016.
———. Barlowe’s Guide to Extraterrestrials. New York: Workman Pub., 1979.
———. Barlowe's Guide to Fantasy. New York: HarperPrism, 1996.
———. Barlowe's Inferno. Beverly Hills, CA: Morpheus International, 1998.
———. God's Demon. New York: Tor, 2007.
———. The Heart of Hell. New York: Tor, 2019.
———. PSYCHOPOMP: The Art of Hell. Beijing: ArtPage, 2021.
Kowalski, Jesse. Enchanted: A History of Fantasy Illustration. New York: Abbeville, 2020.