The Borisography: X

There are, so far, no titles starting with the letter X so instead I'm using this page to list artwork which is either untitled, has no known title or has not been identifed. If you are in possession of any relevant information I shall be grateful if you could share it with me.

Untitled drawings from various books have not been included here but do appear in their various book pages.

Allies (original) (2012) (BJ)
  I have no information for this painting, not even a name. I found it on Pinterest but the link to the original site, where the artwork had been offered for sale, was no longer functional, so I assume it was sold. This in turn suggests that it was a private commission.

The title used above is taken from the calendar version but, however, such versions usually have a different name.

Bay Con IV Girl (1978)
Cover art for the Bay Con IV program of 1978. In this instance Bay Con is the San Francisco Bay Area comic convention which ran from 1975 - 1978 and is not to be confused with the current BayCon, a seperate entity which commenced in 1982.
Fantasy Female (1992)
Although I do not have a title for this piece or know why it was painted, I can say that it was modified (digitally?) to become Farona's Sacrifice in the 2003 Calendar.
Life on Earth (original) (2005) (BJ)
I would guess that this painting was a private commission.

A digitally modified version was used in the 2007 Fantasy Calendar under the title Disguised.

Prelude to Foundation frontispiece
Isaac Asimov's Prelude to Foundation was published in November 1988. In addition to the normal run of books Doubleday also produced a limited edition of 500 leather-bound copies. Apart from being signed by Asimov this version also contained a special Boris frontispiece. I'm guessing this may have been a copy of the cover artwork from the regular editions but the possibility exists that it may have been a specially commissioned painting.
Savage Tales #07
Boris1.20 Cover art for the November 1974 edition of Savage Tales featuring Ka-Zar Lord of the Hidden Jungle.

Sky Mistress
HG The Hyborian Gates game cards are mostly based around small elements taken from larger artworks by Boris and Julie. I have tried to identify the source artwork for all the cards but have failed to do so for one - the illustration here is that card! The girl looks familiar but, despite that, I cannot match her to any painting.

I might add that I have not seen images of some of the rarest cards so there may be other unidentified artworks too.

Unknown (1989)
I hold no information at all for this painting – I would guess that it is another clothing advertisement.

The models appear to be Boris' son and daughter Dorian and Maya.

untitled (and uncompleted!)
BJ.03 This is a partially completed painting for an abandoned project – clearly it was stopped at a late stage otherwise Boris would not have got this far into the actual painting.

No information is provided as to what the project/title was/is.

I will endeavour to produce a better thumbnail when time permits.

Untitled - Woman with Fan (1980)
Colour rough for an unknown purpose or painting. It has some similarities to Boris' cover painting Atlan but was painted over a year later. My immediate reaction upon first seeing it was that it might have been an unused design for Mirage.
Untitled - Woman with Sabretooth (1980)
Another colour rough for an unknown purpose or painting.

The proportions suggest that it is for an illustration rather than a book cover but this is not conclusive: I have noticed that Boris' preliminary artworks for book covers do not always include the extra space reserved for the book's title.

Untitled - Warrior Woman (1978)
Another colour rough for an unknown purpose or painting.

Once again, the proportions suggest that it is not for a book cover.



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