(1949- ) US illustrator, formerly an attorney, who sometimes signs himself just David Cherry; he was encouraged to become an illustrator by his sister, sf author C J Cherryh, and made the switch from law to full-time illustration in 1984. His first cover, done for the publisher Donald M Grant, was for his sister's novel Ealdwood (1981), for which he also supplied interior art. Largely self-taught, Cherry is a classic realist; when painting he works with acrylics and alkyds because allergic to oils and turpentine. He served as President of ASFA 1988-1990, and is regarded as having done more than any to invigorate that then-struggling organization; he was instrumental in drafting the first set of rules for the Chesley Awards and in negotiating that the Chesley Awards ceremony have a permanent place at Worldcon. He has himself won eight Chesleys, been nominated 11 times for the Hugo, and received the 1991 Skylark Award. During the 1990s he made the transition from book and magazine illustration to gaming art, working for Wizards of the Coast (including cards for Magic: The Gathering), among others. In 2000 he became Marketing Artist for Ensemble Studios, the division of Microsoft responsible for the PC strategy games Age of Empires and Age of Mythology. He was a major contributor of art to The World of Shannara (2001) by Teresa Patterson. A book of his work is Imagination: The Art & Technique of David A Cherry (1987). [JG/JGr]
see also: Frank R Paul Award.
David Alan Cherry
born Lawton, Oklahoma: 14 December 1949
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