Understanding the Concept of Fantasy Art


Art takes many forms and styles and some will argue that we are living in an age where almost anyone can be an artist. While this is very much up for debate there can be no denying that different styles of art go in and out of fashion just like anything else.

Today we are going to discuss the subject of fantasy art and we are looking at this subject perhaps because a lot of historians do not take this form of art as seriously as they should. Art in this form goes back thousands of years but is it finally being accepted among those within the industry?


Brief History of Fantasy Art

To discover the humble beginning of this art form you have to go back to a certain point in time. Many will argue that this type of art did not begin to appear until literacy was widespread and printing presses were used to create books.

The method known as serigraphy (how images were printed on paper) also facilitated the rise of this type of art and this became patented around 1907. Before this point in time, it was pretty expensive to create images on paper.

Many within the art industry still consider art with fantasy themes to be “low brow” with a lot of critics calling this artform “folk art.” Early forms of this were usually the result of a narrative and this means that a lot of the earliest paintings and pictures aimed to tell a story.


Illustrations for Modern Books & TV

At this point, we are beginning to see fantasy art play more of a role within the entertainment industry. Indeed, illustrations for famous titles such as Pulp Fiction and others in this genre really began to push this form of art to the next level.

Indeed, books and illustrations became the primary focal point for art with a fantasy theme and literary geniuses such as Tolkien and Robert E. Howard have inspired artists for many years and have led to some of the most famous pieces in this genre.


Historically Rooted in Mythology

If you were to ask a historian about the origins of art with fantasy themes then most will tell you that these pieces originate from mythology, religion and folklore from all over the world. Some of the more notable examples would be Greek mythology, Chinese folklore, African myths and much more.

When we think of fantasy art we might think of painted demons, ghosts, spirits, angels, gods, warriors and a lot of combat-related characters and items. This type of art is a mixture of reality and imagination and can lead to some pretty creative pieces.

Essentially, this form of art is obviously related to the imagination of the artists. Technological advances are also allowing pieces to be more detailed than ever before creating new challenges for artists all across the globe. Today, this form of art continues to rise in popularity with new innovations discovered every day.

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