UPDATE 3-4-15: My 2nd art book "Imagined Realms Book 2: Earth and Sky" has been launched on kickstarter! Go check it out :) 

UPDATE 1-1-15: The hardcover version of Imagined Realms: Book 1 is now available to purchase online!  

 UPDATE 9-7-14: If you missed out on the "Imagined Realms: Book 1" Kickstarter, you can now purchase  downloadable bundles with the PDF version of the book and/or the two process videos on Gumroad. :) 

 UPDATE 8-27-14: Last Sunday, I was awarded the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Professional Artist! www.thehugoawards.org  I am so grateful to have been given this honor. Thank you so much to everyone for your support! And congratulations also to the other Best Professional Artist nominees: Galen Dara, John Picacio, Dan Dos Santos, Fiona Staples, and John Harris, who are all wonderful and amazing artists. 



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
  • Oxford University Press
  • Wizards of the Coast
  • Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab
  • Paizo Publishing
  • Volta Creations
  • Fantasy Flight Games
  • Fantasist Enterprises


  • 2014 Hugo Award Winner for Best Professional Artist
  • 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  • 2010 Chesley Award Winner for “Planetary Alignment” in Best Unpublished Color, and 2010 Chesley Nominee for “Honeycomb” in Best Magazine Art.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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Recent Journal Entries

Imagined Realms Book 2: Earth and Sky

  I’ve just launched another kickstarter for my 2nd self-published art book, “Imagined Realms Book 2: Earth and Sky.” This…

Kickstarter for Imagined Realms: Book 1 launched

    I have launched a kickstarter campaign to fund the first issue of Imagined Realms, an annual art publication featuring positive…

Women Artists, and my award eligible art for 2013 – January 18, 2014

Since some people have asked, here are links to my Hugo Award eligible art for 2013. Part 1 Part 2…

2013 Hugo Award Nomination – March 31, 2013

It was announced yesterday that I’ve been nominated for a Hugo Award this year for Best Professional Artist! I never dreamt that…