by Doctor Science
Continuing from the previous post about the Best Pro Artist nominees, here are the candidates for Best Fan Artist. Four of them are from the Rabid Puppy slate, one is not.
Matthew Callahan was nominated by the Rabid Puppies, but is actually doing really good, interesting, novel work. Callahan is a pro photographer and videographer for the US Marine Corps. His SFF art is of posed Star Wars action figures in "realistic" settings, to look like public relations photos or war journalism.
If it weren't for the slate thing, Callahan would definitely be a ranking fan artist as far as I'm concerned. As it is, I'll have him below "No Award" but still on my ballot.
disse86 is a Swedish artist who does brutally ugly digital paintings. He was nominated by the Rabid Puppies and didn't submit any work for the Hugo packet, so he won't appear anywhere on my ballot.
Kukuruyo makes comics and images, mostly soft-core porn and/or Gamergate. He's on the ballot because the Rabid Puppies think we'd hate him, and they're right.
Christian Quinot aka Darkcloud013 is a Filipino artist. Most of his posted work is for game designs. It's not remarkable in any particular way, so I have no idea how he ended up on the Rabid Puppy slate. He submitted nothing for the Hugo packet, either, and won't be on my ballot.
Steve Stiles was a Hugo Award nominee as Best Fan Artist in 1967, 1968, 2003 through 2008, and 2010-2015. This year, he's the only Fan Artist nominee who didn't come from the Rabid Puppies slate. He had the highest number of nominations last year, so it's not surprising that he's the non-slate artist to break through the Puppy Wall.
Stiles' work is out of the old fanzine tradition, not the newer web-based art I generally prefer. But he absolutely is getting my vote for Best Fan Artist, as the only "real" nominee. I put down No Award in second place, with Callahan after that as a Not Honorable But Deserving Mention.
Overall, the Fan Artist category is in terrible shape.