Miller, Kurt

Tagged: Art

(1968-    ) American artist. After earning a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, Miller initially worked exclusively for the gaming industry, doing the artwork for Avalon Hill board games and working for the computer game company Talonsoft, inspiring his eventual shift to digital art; more recently, he has produced numerous book covers for Baen Books. As someone familiar with that company might expect, Miller has frequently illustrated works of Military SF with images of weaponry and soldiers, sometimes with outré accompaniments, like the dinosaurs surrounding a downed Spaceship on the cover of Eric Flint and Ryk E Spoor's Boundary (2006). He seems to work especially hard on his covers for various books by John Ringo, creating impressively strange creatures for the four books of his Into the Looking Glass series (2005-2008) and dynamic scenes of swarming spaceships for his Troy Rising series (2010-2011).

Overall, the virtues of Miller's paintings include detailed, persuasive depictions of well-equipped warriors, rendered in vivid colours, but there is not a great deal of variety in his work, and it is surely significant that none of his works have yet been nominated for any awards. One is tempted to dismiss Miller as an artist who specializes in providing undistinguished sf novels with undistinguished covers, but he is still young enough, and talented enough, to break free of his current circumstances to produce art that might attract more admirers. [GW]

Kurt Miller

born Silver Spring, Maryland: 1968

died

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