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    Do you have some good links with your favourites fantasy illustration? I want to get some inspirations from these types of illustrations, not knowing much about it and not being a big fan of comics.

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    I like anything by John William Waterhouseas a go- to for classic images.Brom is a great guy to look at, especially for miniaturist- hell, there's a whole Mini game based on his Art! Another classic artist is Boris Vallejo. A great resource for seeing new artist is DeviantArt, or Spectrum Art Contest
    Fantasy illustration is a very broad category and everyone has their likes and dislikes, it's just a matter of finding someone who has a style you just absolutely love and looking at what it is you like about it: is it the artist's color choices, their ability to do realistic images or the way they manipulate them? Or is it simply the content you're focused on? Mechanical steampunk, gothic Horror, and fairies all have their own aesthetics.
    Hope this serves as a stepping off point!

    Edit- See, I just noticed every individual artist I put up works in Oils.. and I hate using those. Wierd.
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    You can never go wrong with Frank Frazetta http://frankfrazetta.org/
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    Yes, my blog will be featuring Larry Elmore who is responsible for lots of Dungeons & Dragons art, including the classic Basic D&D starter sets. Jeff Easley, Frank Frazetta is a MUST, Boris Vallejo. These are classic fantasy guys. Brom as mentioned already. For comics Moebius, Simon Bisley, Greg Staples. More recent fantasy illustrators like Ralph Horsely who does a lot of board and card game work. Ian McCaig, Paul Bonner (another MUST see artist), Adrian Smith. Black and white work Gary Chalk, Russ Nicholson are two favourites of mine.

    There are many names to mention!!

    I have two interviews on my blog here, one with Adrian Smith, the other with Gary Chalk and soon to be featured one with Larry Elmore...

    http://doggysdoings.blogspot.co.uk/2...interview.html

    http://doggysdoings.blogspot.co.uk/2...interview.html

    And a link for Russ Nicholson...

    http://doggysdoings.blogspot.co.uk/2...lustrator.html


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    Wayne does some amazing stuff as well. http://www.waynereynolds.com/
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    Good call, Wayne should definately be checked out. A friend has some of her MTG cards signed by Wayne. But as said, so many amazing artists!! Clyde Caldwell another. We could probably go on for ever....

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    So by looking at the proposition of everybody (big thank you for the ones taking time to answer!), I am refining the request based on Chrispy question
    I would say that I prefer, bit more modern illustration, clean type, I like saturated color style... So not a big fan of Frank Frazetta (sorry...), not big fan of too realistic job either. I like Wayne Reynolds...
    Then Dark Fantasy seems better to my eyes, I would prefer it, heavy dark mysterious atmosphere... Steampunk and gothic horror, why not? any good links/names?

    I am searching this to have some inspiration on color schemes, potential freehand, etc...

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    Yeah, Wayne has an art book coming out in August from pazio I believe.. this will be my birthday present in some form or another.
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    An artist many probably haven't heard of but deserves attention Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.
    Rather more etherial work, akin to the lyrical SF of Ursula K LeGuin.

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    Damn hadn't visited her site in a while, even more excellent artwork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrispy View Post
    Yeah, Wayne has an art book coming out in August from pazio I believe.. this will be my birthday present in some form or another.
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    Not a bad idea. Seems like local big books store is also getting these, so I might buy a copy as well. Too bad I forgot the name of this forthcoming book by canadian fantasy artists. That could have been cool.

    No one has mentioned Clint Langley yet. Some really like his style and others think it looks too photoshopped etc. http://www.clintlangley.com/

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    Okay saturated and clean and modern brings to mind the ever awesome....Daarken.

    http://daarken.com/


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    Dogfacedboy I really like your link, Daarken, it is exactly the type of illustration I am looking for!

    Dragonsreach, thank you for the discovery, a bit too ethereal for me but can be really good for some freehand!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonsreach View Post
    An artist many probably haven't heard of but deserves attention Stephanie Pui-Mun Law.
    Rather more etherial work, akin to the lyrical SF of Ursula K LeGuin.

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    Damn hadn't visited her site in a while, even more excellent artwork.
    Yeah, funny you mentioned this lady, I got one of her books out of the library a couple of weeks ago lol! Just recognised the name. Her book "Dreamscapes", about faery, mermaids and angels in watercolour is a top recommendation. The illustrations are good and yet look achievable with skill and practice and her instruction is very easy to follow and actually something you can learn from. She has not presented any pictures in the book that say "hey, you have to be really good to do this!!". A great instructional book for the fantasy watercolourist novice (thats why I picked it up in the first place though).


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    Hey Boubi. After your description and what you have said, I knew Daarken would be up your street and what you are looking for. His work is amazing, and the guy is pretty much a young leading light in our kind of artwork. I think he has some art books to.

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    Michael Whelan does good work, although it's as much science fiction as fantasy. He uses a lot of color.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pygmalion View Post
    Michael Whelan does good work, although it's as much science fiction as fantasy. He uses a lot of color.
    Thank you Pygmalion... Really like it!
    And just realized that he did the cover of Sepultura Album Arise in the 90s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boubi View Post
    Thank you Pygmalion... Really like it!
    And just realized that he did the cover of Sepultura Album Arise in the 90s.
    Glad you like it. He did some of the best illustration back then. He's retired from it now but still does allegorical paintings.

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