Visual Art

12 Works of Darrell Sweet

Darrell K. Sweet (August 15, 1934 – December 5, 2011) was a professional illustrator known for illustrating covers for science fiction and fantasy novels, for whose work he was nominated for a Hugo Award in 1983.
Sweet was born in Highland Park, New Jersey. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1956 with a degree in fine art. He also produced art for trading cards and calendars. He was famous for illustrating the covers of the epic fantasy saga The Wheel of Time. He was also the illustrator for Piers Anthony’s well-known Xanth series, L. E. Modesitt Jr.’s Saga of Recluce series, and David Farland’s Runelords series, as well as the original cover for Stephen R. Donaldson’s series, Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever.
His career in science fiction began in 1975, when Judy-Lynn del Rey hired him to produce the cover for Fritz Lieber’s novel Gather Darkness.3 Between 1975 and 2005, Sweet produced more than 3,000 images. He died in 2011.

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