Thank you to ASFA for honoring me with Chesley Awards for Best Cover Illustration for Hardcover and  Best Cover Illustration for Magazines, and thank you to all the WSFS/WorldCon members for choosing me as the recipient for the 2015 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist! 

Many thanks to Locus Science Fiction Foundation for awarding a 2016 Locus Award for Best Art Book to Imagined Realms Book 2: Earth and Sky!

NOTE from 8-16-16: I have just realized that my contact form has been malfunctioning, so if you had sent me a message through this sites contact form and had not received a response, please email directly. My apologies! 


My name is Julie Dillon, and I'm a freelance scifi and fantasy artist fromNorthern California. I've been drawing most of my life, but I officially kicked off my freelance career in 2006 and have been working steadily since then to keep learning, growing, and challenging myself artistically.

I received my BFA in Fine Arts from Sacramento State University in 2005, with continued education at the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco and Watts Atelier.


  • Simon & Schuster
  • Tor Books
  • Penguin Books
  • Popular Science Magazine
  • Oxford University Press
  • Wizards of the Coast
  • Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
  • Paizo Publishing
  • Volta Creations
  • Fantasy Flight Games
  • Fantasist Enterprises

Awards and Honors:

  • 2015 Hugo Award Winner for Best Professional Artist
  • 2015 Chesley Award Winner for "Beneath the Surface" in Best Hardcover Illustration (published in "Shadows Beneath: The Writing Excuses Anthology" edited by Brandon Sanderson; Dragonsteel Entertainment, June 2014)
  • 2015 Chesley Award Winner for "Diver's Haul" in Best Magazine Illustration (published in Analog Magazine, April 2014)
  • 2015 Winner of Best Color 2D Art at Sasquan (WorldCon 73)
  • 2015 Winner of Best in Show at NorWesCon Art show
  • 2014 Hugo Award Winner for Best Professional Artist
  • 2013 Hugo Award Nominee  for Best Professional Artist
  • 2013 Art Show Winner at LoneStarCon (WorldCon 71)
  • 2012 and 2014 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Artist
  • 2011 Chesley Award Winner for "The Dala Horse" in Best Interior Illustration Art.
  • Winner of Best Color Work, Best Artist, and Best in Show at ArmadilloCon Art Show.
  • 2010 Chesley Award Winner for “Planetary Alignment” in Best Unpublished Color, and 2010 Chesley Nominee for “Honeycomb” in Best Magazine Art.
  • Included in Spectrum 17, 18, 19, 20 and 21.
  • Artificial Dreams” featured as the cover art for Corel Painter 12’s 20th Anniversary Can

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