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Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art by Joe Haldeman, Karen Haber

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“Once you’ve become used to all the luxuries of digital
painting, it’s hard to imagine giving them up.”
Avi Katz showed his promise early as a fantasy artist. When
he was still a teenager in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, two
families on his street paid top dollar for his babysitting
services because he could draw images for the kids from
The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. After a while, Katz sent
a stack of the drawings off to Tolkien. He received an
enthusiastic response from the author, who told him he
was the rst illustrator to portray the dwarves as Tolkien
had intended. However, Tolkien also told him that his
elves were all wrong.
Undaunted, Katz continued the art studies he’d begun at age
twelve when, encouraged by a mother who had attended art
school, he applied for a model-drawing class at the Fleisher
Art Memorial school, and overcame the teacher’s reser-
vations that he was too young to draw nudes. In 1967, he
enrolled at the University of California at Berkeley and
studied painting with photorealist Paul Sarkisian. As Katz
puts it, “I was swept up in the sex-drugs-treason-rock
music excitement of that unique time and place.”
To avoid the U.S. draft and Vietnam War, he transferred
to the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem—
where his sister was studying—to nish his art degree. But
he encountered opposition there to his interest in doing
traditional gurative artwork. While some of his teachers,
including Joseph Hirsch, Avraham Ofek, and John Byle,
encouraged him, abstract art was in vogue, and most of
the school’s professors were unsympathetic to his goals.
Captive. Watercolor/airbrush/colored pencil.
Tamara. Watercolor/airbrush/colored pencil. The artist created a series of por-
traits of biblical heroines based upon the Hebrew word for a female foreigner
or alien, nochria. He depicted them literally as aliens from outer space. Katz
called the series Alien Corn, a reference to Keats’s Ode to a Nightingale.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA/Tel Aviv, Israel
AVI KATZ
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Tamara. Watercolor/airbrush/colored pencil. The artist created a series of por-
traits of biblical heroines based upon the Hebrew word for a female foreigner
or alien, nochria. He depicted them literally as aliens from outer space. Katz
called the series Alien Corn, a reference to Keats’s Ode to a Nightingale.
Dragons Wrede. Pencil/pen/digital. Katz found inspiration for his dragons from
illustrations by Maxfield Parrish and Kenneth Grahame. He devised complicated
color-relationship charts to make the color schemes different but related among
the illustrations, and painted the figures light on a dark background, aiming
for a classical feel. He sampled the background texture of leaves from reference
photos online.
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