Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Artistic Inspiration #4 - Fantasy Art (Tamurkhan and Storm of Magic)

Photographs of miniatures tend to date books rather badly, whereas illustrations, on the whole, do not. I'd like to think this is one of the reasons why illustrations feature so heavily in Storm of Magic and serve as the only pictures in Tamurkhan. Of course, the real reason is almost certainly that many of the models had yet to complete the development stage before publication. No matter. The illustrations are great examples of the kind of grimy, grim and often macabre fantasy art that I like - they don't have to be from these books of course, they just happened to be to hand. The other thing that I like about them is that they look as if they could be artefacts from the very world that they are depicting; sketches captured from memories, snatched glances, nightmares, survival stories, and the lyrics of ballads. How could these fail to be inspirational for miniature work?

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