Austin-based freelancer, Grant Griffin is an artist who specializes in fantasy and science fiction illustration for the gaming industry. He has a fat client list that includes companies like Games Workshop, Privateer Press, DeNA, Centipede Press, Dire Wolf Digital, and Mantic Games. Grant is considered a specialist and for good reason as you’ll soon find out.
Below is a small sampling of this talented artist’s work. Each image links back to the site of origin. Enjoy!
What I love about Grant’s technique is that up close you see the brush strokes, rough and textured, with no discernible line work. But when you step away and look at the paintings from a distance, they come alive with action and color. Suddenly the images appear sharp and contrasted. You see strong lines and minute details, lit up by dynamic lighting against an otherwise gloomy, storm-sea palette. It’s pure brilliance.
I have always admired artists who could create art nonchalantly; who could paint something wonderful and awesome with a few masterful strokes of the brush. To me, Grant is one of those “back to basics” artists whose work captures the awe of fantasy. He casts a sort of old-world magic that drags you into the excitement and leaves you with a reminder of why you love this genre in the first place.
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