Posts Categorized: Art

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Ever had one of those grey, rainy days where you needed to escape to somewhere magical? Where the rules and pressures of your daily life don’t apply? I’m sure we all have. Veronique Meignaud has discovered how to capture that plane of existence and lay it on paper (or, in pixels, at least.) The French artist, based out of Montreal, might best be known for her work creating artwork for Magic: The Gathering, but her body of work goes well beyond the bounds of Zendikar.

From her incredible use of colour, to her style that manages to straddle that line between esoteric and magical, Meignaud is responsible for some of my favourite pieces of fantasy artwork in recent years. More of her art can be found on her official website, and her Tumblr feed.

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Back to the Future II (or, the best Back to the Future film) is set, mostly, in 2015. It’s full of hover boards, self-drying jackets, and self-tying shoes, and generally seems pretty damn awesome. Well, the film might have got a few things wrong in its projection of the psychedelic and futuristic society we now live in, but we can dare to dream about what the next decade will bring, right?

To celebrate the film trilogy, artist Andy Fairhurst has created “88 MPH”, a triptych of posters that beautifully illustrate the power of everyone’s favourite DeLorean. When you’re done drooling at “88 MPH”, the rest of Fairhurst’s DeviantArt gallery is full of beautiful custom illustrated movies posters.

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A beautiful cover for what is sure to be one of the more mesmerizing short fiction collections released this year. China Mieville’s Three Moments of an Explosion is the latest collection from the author of Perdido Street Station and Embassytown. It’s due out on July 30th, 2015 from Tor Books UK.

“[Three Moments of an Explosion] is a wonderfully intelligent and engaging collection featuring stories with sentient oil rigs, flying icebergs and a ladder into space,” says the official announcement on the Tor UK blog. Mieville fans know exactly what to expect of the collection, which is to expect nothing at all.

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Most fans agreed that Robin Hobb’s return to Fitz and the Fool in last year’s Fool’s Assassin was a roaring success. Fool’s Quest is the second volume in the trilogy, and it tentatively scheduled for release in August 2015.

This cover is a fantasy book cover. It looks a lot like the last cover, also by Alejandro Colucci. Fitz has an axe, which is good, and he continues to look older and more grizzled (as Hobb points out in her blog post announcing the new cover!) I like that Del Rey has created a natural progression in the artwork that starts off looking somewhat like YA, before traipsing into full-blown moody Fitzdom. Seems suitable, if you’ve read the books.

Standing atop a pile of broken weapons, the detritus of war, is very similar to the covers that appear on Mark Lawrence’s Broken Empire Trilogy, so it’s interesting to consider the difference in posture and emotion of the two main characters. Cocky and victorious Jorg Ancartch, and brooding, sorrowful FitzChivaly Farseer. It’s an interesting contrast, though likely unintentional.

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When gamers think of Guild Wars 2, the concept art created by Kekai Kotaki and Richard Andersen (who are also two of the best fantasy/science fiction cover artists working today) comes blazingly to mind. It’s rich and unique, broad and diverse. I’ve never played a minute of Guild Wars 2, but the concept art is so wonderful that I’ve sought it out at every opportunity.

Kotaki is no longer with ArenaNet, so in comes Theo Prins, a new artist to work alongside Richard Andersen and the rest of the Guild Wars 2 art team as they continue to build one of the most vivid and beautiful worlds in gaming. Prins’ loose, impressionistic style fits perfectly alongside the art of Kotaki and Andersen, but he brings a pastel colour palette that those two artists don’t often utilize.

Prins “grew up in the Pacific Northwest and the Netherlands and spent most of his childhood drawing airplanes, cities and dinosaurs,” says his official biography. “As a teenager he financed flying lessons with aviation art commissions but dropped his idea of becoming a pilot when he discovered his passion for digital art.” More of his art can be found on his DeviantArt gallery and his official portfolio.