Fantasy Art is real Art


When we were fourteen or fifteen my brother and I were seriously into the world of science fiction and Fantasy. Which quite acceptable now was definitely very nerdy back then, but we loved it and it fed our imaginations. Role playing games such as Dungeons and Dragons, Car Wars and War Hammer that we played then, paved the way for most of role playing games on X-box and Nintendo now, as well as films like the Matrix. We loved any kind of Fantasy Art or Science Fiction, anything that stretched our imaginations a little bit further. Comics like 2000AD, with fantastic characters such as Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper and Slaine. Authors like Harry Harrison, John Christopher, Mervyn Peak and of course Tolkein. Of course it also gave us the chance to look semi-legally at the half-pornographic fantasy imagery of Boris Vallejo. But further than that, we just loved the worlds created by these guys, they were so different and far removed from our own sleepy existence in rural North Yorkshire.  I think Half of our lives back then were lived in other worlds.  Some of my favourite artists from that time were Ian Miller,  Patrick Woodroffe and Boris Vallejo. Boris Vallejo, as well as being obsessed with the female form, was just a great technical artist. I loved the surreal and creepy imagination of Patrick Woodroffe’s Mythopoeikon and Ian Millers superb attention to detail, the way he was able to bring to life the fantastically detailed world of Mervyn Peak’s Gormenghast. Above all what really I loved about those worlds and games were the opportunities they gave me to escape the real world at the time. A chance to submerge myself into someone elses mind and journey into another world. To dream of the possibility that somewhere out there it might actually exist. With role playing it allowed me to control a character, or a part of another world, even if just for a short while.  It probably says a lot about me as a teenager and the lack of control I had over my own life and feelings at the time, that I liked it so much. But anyway this post was really about celebrating that Art and the creativity that led the artists to create it. Because for me, Art, Design and Science Fiction have always lifted me and inspired me to dream bigger, think bigger and be more. Salute! Fantasy Art

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About Mark Hodgson

Designer and creative professional

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