Julie Bell (born 1958 in Beaumont, Texas) is an American painter. A fantasy artist, she is a former bodybuilder and fantasy model for her husband, painter Boris Vallejo.
Julie Bell has painted the covers for about 100 fantasy/science fiction book and magazine covers since 1990. In the early ’90s, she illustrated painted covers for video games as well as many trading cards
for the superheroes of Marvel and DC. She designed the Dragons of Destiny sculpture series, Mistress of the Dragon’s Realm dagger series, as well as the Temptation Rides sculpture series produced by The Franklin Mint.
One of her most famous and recognized artwork is Lilandra, which has been used as the cover for The Julie Bell Portfolio and reprinted in several of her books. She and her husband, Boris Vallejo, have done many paintings for advertising campaigns such as Nike, Inc.,
Coca-Cola, and Toyota.
Alleged plagiarism of Bell’s work
In 2003, a Flash animation slideshow titled "Family Art Corner" was released anonymously, alleging that a woman named Jan McRae had plagiarized the work of many artists, including Bell, for
reproduction in proselytization tracts printed by the Children of God cult. Bell’s works, Archangel II, Expedition, Rogue, and Princess Mustang were compared in the slideshow, as were many works by Bell’s husband, Boris Vallejo. After the slideshow was released, Karen Zerby, leader of the Children of God acknowledged that McRae had copied the work of others, as did McRae herself, and McRae admitted wrongdoing.
* The Ultimate Collection
* Fabulous Women
* Fantasy Workshop
* Twin Visions
* The Julie Bell Portfolio (2000)
* Soft As Steel : The Art of Julie Bell (1999)
* Hard Curves (1996)
She also designed the cover art for Meat Loaf’s album Bat out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose and its first single "It’s All Coming Back to Me Now".
In 2007, Bell and her husband Vallejo illustrated the poster for Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters.
A yearly calendar of 13 paintings by Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo is produced by Workman Publishing.
Bell and Vallejo reside in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She has two sons, Anthony Palumbo and David Palumbo, both of whom are also professional painters.
Bell is also a former nationally ranked competitive bodybuilder.