I've built up a few "Art" related draft posts and I decided to start firing off a few over the next meanwhilst. I'm starting with a piece called "Shrapnel" by Polish DevientArt member OmeN2501. I usually don't go for this kind of stuff, and I'm often fairly dubious of the way women are sometimes used in fantasy art, but this one caught my eye. The colour, the lighting, the pose, the framing and arrangement are all doing it for me. The hand in the foreground is major win.
Some will complain about the artists use of photographs as reference to elements of his work. I used to feel like that about art too, but then I grew up. A lot of peoples opinion of art is based upon how well one can draw something; how realistic it looks. It's been over 130 years since Monet's "Sunrise" and we're still obsessed with bashing those who don't draw a photo-realistic picture, from eye to pen alone. People look at my old drawings and paintings and tell what a "wonderful artist" I am. When I ask why do they feel that way they tell me it's because the drawings look so realistic. Looking realistic is pointless if it's just a carbon copy of a real world scenario, thats what we invented cameras for. Thats what I like about this digital painting. Through whatever means, the artisit has created a realistic image but it's totally of his own imagination, and indeed that's what fantasy art is mean't to be all about: bringing the fantastical to life!
He has many more paintings for you to enjoy at his own DevientArt gallery but his work is also featured here, on abduzeedo.com. You might find some others of interest. Like I said though, this isn't my usual cup of vodka.
Posted at 17:47