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Who Would You Choose as Top Fantasy Artist of All Time?
Who Would You Choose?
Admittedly, when the words fantasy artist drew my attention the artist I thought of immediately was Waterhouse. However, in this context, people of my daughter's generation tend to consider fantasy art as coming from a very specific type of artist. Waterhouse, to their way of thinking, would not fit in well with that crowd. As for me, it makes perfect sense.
John William Waterhouse was the son of English parents who lived in Rome. His academic art work was done in England, at the Royal Academy School in 1870. This artist was passionate about Greek and Roman mythology and his paintings all reflect women of those stories. Because myths and fantasy, to me, are so closely entwined, to have a list of favorite fantasy artists without including J W Waterhouse would be like having the damsel without a dragon.
However, in most fantasy works of today, the emphasis is on the story, not specific parts of the story. Also the drawings or paintings themselves have in themselves a distinctly fantastic look to them. They are one dimensional, not three. This is not to say the art is not grand, it is just not the kind of artwork where you can stand and fall into the picture and become a part of that world.
However, for every genre of art there are favorites and fantasy art is no exception. This type of artwork in itself is wonderfully enjoyable and there are many great artists in this world. This article will deal with the top of the top of all fantasy artists and links to enjoy their work.
J W Waterhouse. OK OK I know but just look at his work please and say he did not draw fantasy?
Now let’s check out the masters of the fantasy art world!
Boris Vallejo. No one could be a member of the sci fi book club and not know this name and his beautiful artwork! Now there are coffee table sized books just on his work! Vallejo sometimes teams up with another great artist, Julie Bell and this seems to have toned down the Conan image that Vallejo was so famous for but his work still sizzles!
As for myself, fantasy means Dragons and the master dragon artist has to be Michael Whelan.
This artist has been copied widely and without any guilt whatsoever! Ask anyone who loves to draw and they will admit to copying Whelan’s images of the dragon. You can look in all the drawing books and all the dragons are like birds or dinosaurs books...look away! All you really need to know about dragons and how they look, move, fly is in his artwork.
The next great fantasy artist would have to be Rojo. Luis Rojo is more Goth than fantasy. His women are beautiful but very dangerous. The ideal Amazon warrior must have looked like a Rojo Print! Do NOT get in their way!
Finally but again, a favorite, is Brian Froud. That ought to be enough in and of itself. When his artwork went three dimensional the world as we knew it began to change!
I hope you have enjoyed this trip into the world of fantasy! I have! In fact, I think I need to get a piece of gourd or a basswood box and copy...uhhh...draw myself a dragon to pyrograph!!!!