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Profile for Paul Youll

Paul Youll was born in Hartlepool, England on June 8, 1965. He was the youngest of a set of identical twins with three older brothers. He and his twin brother, Stephen, were always fascinated by science fiction at the movies, in comic books, and on television. When asked the question 'why become an artist?', Paul always says 'it's the love of science fiction that created the artist not the artist creating Science fiction'. In 1981 both Paul and Stephen enrolled at New College Durham to study art full time with the goal to become book cover artists for science fiction and fantasy novels. The college taught many disciplines in painting, design and life drawing, and at every opportunity he would slip in a sci-fi piece of art into his course work. After graduating from college the brothers then continued their study of art at Sunderland University. Here Paul studied Natural History and Visual Information Design. The courses provided excellent training for painting animals and landscapes. Paul and his twin were employed at Durham Cathedral to paint portraits and illustrations of various artifacts for churches throughout the North of England until their first book cover came in 1987.
This first job was the beginning of a wonderful career as a book illustrator. From 1987 to the end of 1989, the brothers worked side by side on many commissions both from London and New York publishers. Paul and Stephen split up their artistic partnership in 1989 when Stephen went to live in the United States. Paul has worked since then for just about every publishing house in New York painting covers for such famous authors as Isaac Asimov, Robert Silverberg, Anne McCaffery, Connie Willis, Ian McDonald, George Alec Effinger, Charles Sheffield, Stephen R. Donaldson, Timothy Zhan, Jack L. Chalker, George R. R. Martin, Fred Saberhagan, Mike Resnick, Larry Niven, Dave wolverton, Catherine Kerr and Orson Scot Card. Paul is well known for his popular Star Wars X-Wing jackets and his Star Trek illustrations for the Bradford Exchange. His work has been exhibited in England and the United States. The Paintings he does are incredibly full of detail and a high degree of realism.

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