Dan McPharlin – Warp Riders [Interior] (2010) – Alright, so this sort of deviates from the traditional fantasy template but McPharlin’s science fiction landscapes and imagery are far to stunning to leave uncovered. McPharlin is a current Australian visual artist who creates minimal science fiction landscapes in the style of 1960’s style sci-fi paperbacks. His work can be seen on albums covers such as The Sword, Pretty Lights and Prefuse 73. Aside from having the greatest taste in the universe, McPharlin achieves a sense of serenity within impossible landscapes which cast humankind as just a small part against a greater ecosystem. This particular piece was for the interior gatefold for The Sword’s 2010 record Warp Riders. Too bad the album wasn’t as grand as its illustration. Ha I just joke.