Charles Vess

The work of Charles Vess has graced the covers and interior pages of many publications including, The Ladies of Grace Adieu (Bloomsbury), Six-Gun Snow White (Subterranean Press), Medicine Road (Tachyon), and Peter Pan (Starscape).   Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess' Stardust, an illustrated novel with 175 paintings, was adapted into an acclaimed film in 2007. The impressive cast includes Michelle Pfieffer, Robert DeNiro, and Claire Danes.

His awards include the Ink Pot, the Mythopoeic, a Gold and two Silver medals in the Spectrum Fantastic Art Annual, two Chesleys, Locus (Best Artist), two Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and three World Fantasy Awards (2 for Best Artist). His art has been featured in many gallery and museum exhibitions across the nation, including "The Original Art: The Best in Children’s Book Illustration-2013" at the Museum of American Illustration (the Society of Illustrators, NYC) as well as internationally in France (Paris), Spain, Portugal and Italy.

His most recent publications include two New York Times bestselling picture books penned by Neil Gaiman, Blueberry Girl and Instructions as well as Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess, a 200-page retrospective of his art published by Dark Horse Books.  The Cats of Tanglewood Forest (Little Brown & Co.) a middle grade novel written by Charles de Lint featuring 76 paintings by Charles was released in the Spring of 2013 to much critical acclaim and followed this year by, ‘Seven Wild Sisters’.


As a sculptor and designer he has produced several large scale public art projects: Jack Tales, A Midsummer Play, and Bristol’s Cultural Heritage. All three are located in far southwestern Virginia.

Fulfilling a long-standing ambition, he made his first sale of prose fiction to with a novella, Father Christmas, A Wonder Tale of the North this year.

For visual treats and updates, visit his website: or on Facebook.