I not sure whether my mood influenced my choice of artist for this week. I suspect it may be a contributing factor. The last two weeks have been rough. Really rough. And then two days ago I learned Babylon's Song has been shortlisted for New Zealand's Sir Julius Vogel Award. I'm an outsider, a relative … Continue reading #Art of Fantasy 117: Noah Bradley
Earlier this evening I received an email from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Association of New Zealand that my novella, "Babylon's Song" is a finalist for the 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award for Best Novella/Novelette. Voting will occur at Lexicon, 2-4 June 2017 in Taupo, New Zealand. You can find more details about the convention … Continue reading Babylon’s Song on Final Ballot for 2017 Sir Julius Vogel Award!
This week's fantasy artist comes from Germany. Simon Eckert is a freelance concept artist and illustrator and you'll note that we've entered the realm of light with this one because sometimes we have to. We can't spend too much time in the darkness and shadows. Every now and again we have to take a break. … Continue reading #Art of Fantasy 116: Simon Eckert
I did not expect Ragnarok to be this lighthearted, not if you consider what Thor had to sacrifice in order to restore the balance. You also get an 80s vibe, maybe mixed with a bit of Guardians of the Galaxy, which is not necessarily a bad thing given my inclination for that decade. The thing that … Continue reading Thor: Ragnarok Trailer
This is an old tale and like many old tales, it has many versions, and so I chose the version that made the most sense to me while also relying on a bit of artistic license in the process. You see, in days long gone, scribes and monks and those burdened with recording history applied … Continue reading Obscure Tales: The Horned Demon and the Magic Sword (Part 1)
I'm not sure why this is happening, but recently I've been discovering artists that not even Google can demystify. The same again with this week's artist. Tatyana Latypova is a freelance artist from Vladimir, Russia and I think she is extraordinarily talented. Other than that, there is not much I can tell you about her. … Continue reading #Art of Fantasy 115: Tatyana Latypova
Yes, I know I'm severely late with the next installment of Obscure Tales. It appears I have thoroughly underestimated my workload and the time available to me for writing. I have also misjudged the amount of work and time required in retelling old legends and folklore. Apart from the research, which involves more than just … Continue reading Writing Update: 03/04/2017