Steve Weston is bst known for his work on many of Anne McCaffrey's UK editions. Steve, als called "the dragon master", began what was to be a long-standing association between author and Artist in 1982 with the cover for Dragondrums (Corgi paperback). Since then he has gone on to produce some fifteen paintings for Anne McCaffrey's books. Among them also other than Pern books, e.g. the Pegasus series and most notable, the Crysta Singer series.
Steve originally studied Graphic Design at Oxford and worked as a commercial designer until 1976. He held his first exhibition; a one-man show of natural history paintings, in 1977. This launched his career as a freelance artist and illustrator. Apart from his McCaffrey work, he has also worked on many other book jackets, magazines, video covers and computer game illustrations. He has also designed and illustrated complete books of his own work. His technique is mainly airbrush with some fine brush work added into the details.. His paintings are produced from elaborate pencil drawings which lay out all the shadow and form of the final image. And this is how he creates such magnificent mythical beasts as may be seen from the paintings on exhibit.

Steve Weston artwork, and informaton in general for that matter, on the internet is surprisingly hard to find. With the many covers Steve has done that is unusual. One can differ about the dragons drawn by Weston and if they are Pernese or not, the fact his he paints breathtaking covers that at times show us Pern from the air too. To the left is the second hardcover assignment Steve got: Dragonsdawn or the tale how Pern came to be (the first hardcover assignment was the cover for Nerika's Story and The Coelura of which original artwork I don't have a copy yet).

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Steve was also asked to redo the older paperback covers which were published pre 1982.
The original artwork for the paperback edition of Dragonflight was also printed in the commemorative and limited hardcover edition of the same book that was publshed when it was 30 years ago that the first Pern story saw the light. So the picture you see here is scanned from that edition.
The picture clearly shows F'lar, Lessa, Mnement and Ramoth, all cosy and close.

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And here is (part) of the art Steve Weston did for Dragonquest. I couldn't find the origial of this either but was able to photoshop the version of the art appearing on a boxed paperback set of the original Dragonriders trilogy (where it has much less interfering stuff like title and author name).

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Of the Harper Hall trilogy I have only been able to find the cover for Dragondrums, the last volume in that mini-series and the very first cover art Steve did for an Anne McCaffrey book.

Steve himself says about this cover: "I designed the dragon to look as if it would actually be able to fly: stable and light, with a large wing area. Once established, this type of dragon was used on all the other dragon paintings done for Anne McCaffrey. The original concept was therefore very important."

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Strictly speaking this art should not appear here as it is a photograph of a promotional poster for the Dragonlovers Guide to Pern. The same art is also on the cover of the book. The promotional poster is pretty rare and mine came from Anne McCaffrey's own stock. The one seen here is signed: "to Elrhan Anne McCaffrey"(Elrhan being my Pern persona and the nickname I used on Anne's bulletin board where I was host and administrator for a number of years).
I show it here because of the wonderful scene, showing us not only a dargon in flight but an aerial view of Nerat and Nerat Bay.

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