As promised, I’m working on paying tribute to those who inspire me with their work. This is a collection of some of the images that I came across in the month of October that I found inspirational. It’s a post about what I found in them and who their creators are so you might see more of their excellent stuff!
Let’s start the monthly roundup off right. With a werewolf! I mean, I could do far worse for inspirational than a werewolf for Halloween, right?
I think the artist (Frost Llamazon on X) did an amazing job of creating the feral, powerful nature of a lycanthrope here. So here’s what I love about the image – bullet (non-silver) point style:
- The pose – The hunched back and predatory posture is perfect.
- The background – This may seem silly since it’s such a simple style, and I think they even used it for all of their ‘weretober’ images, but I think it’s super effective here, and highlights the character. Colors work perfectly with the fur tones, too!
- Fur tones – Speaking of the fur tones – they’re spot on.
The creature is a bit more beefy than I tend to make them when I do werewolf stuff, but if you’re going for ‘power’ over ‘hungry’, Frost nails it.
Next up, I absolutely love “Pumpkin Carver” by Danijela Antunović over on artstation. This is what I consider a ‘knock it out of the park’ illustration.
- The Story – I get the sense that there’s a big story behind this painting, and I want to know ALL of it.
- The Colors – Masterful use of color (de)saturation here to draw the eye and make everything ‘loom’ in the background.
- The Character – This little gnome feels like a creature I could sit and have tea with, and I very much want to do just that!
- The Hands – Have you noticed his gnarly little hands? Those are working man’s hands.
- The Designs – The ones he has pinned up, and the one on his little… foot stool? I want to dive into that book and see what else the lil guy has come up with.
In other words, this painting draws me in with every part of it. I want to immerse myself in it, and I can think of no better praise for an individual piece.
This troll, created by @IgorGrouper@mastodon.art seems like a great example of their style, and it has the kind of personality and style that drew me into art when I was a kid.
Some of the things I love about this image include:
- The Linework – Specifically, the crunchiness of the linework. Igor creates such great texture with simple line, that it makes me envious.
- The Pose – So many folks draw trolls as uber tall humanoids. This troll could be tall, but it’s definitely massive, and that deep crouch gives it such a feral mood.
- The Composition – I’m a fan of triangles.
- The Old School – There’s a bit of an old school rpg revival happening, and I feel like Igor’s style taps into that in a really choice way.
This post is part of a feature series I’m working on here at dragonbones.net to give credit and support to artists I think are doing exceptional work in fantasy themed art and illustration.
I’m open to suggestions if you think there’s something that I should see. Feel free to use the contact me form here on the site, and put “Inspirational Art Post” in the subject line so I don’t miss it!
If you believe I’ve attributed something incorrectly, or would like your work removed, please let me know by using the contact form here on the site, and put “Correction Request” in the subject so I don’t miss it!