great concept, wonderful execution

I just wanted to take a moment to speak of the wonderfulness that is conceptart.org

Definitely worth checking out there forums to see what's up. Almost always something amazing every day. It's bad for my writing because it makes me want to abandon it and take up painting again. Just some marvelous visions of both fantasy and scifi. Stuff that's at least as good as you'll find in a Spectrum collection (although admittedly mixed in with some stuff that's not as good).

Specific threads that are blowing my mind right now:

Steampunk designs

pstraub's concept, matte, speed painting, and illustration work

alice in wonderland macabre/dark interpretations


gabe said...

I'm such a huge fan of Conceptart.org. I can spend hours combing through threads, and I find it a perfect creativity boost whenever I'm feeling a little on the blah side.

thexmedic said...

It's always amazing, for me, to see how far beyond genre writing, genre art is. While the situation is getting better for writing, there are still way too many authors who don't recognize the cliche's of the fantasy genre. Sure there are some cheesy-ass posts up at conceptart, but by and large there's usually a much higher percentage of innovative and unique visions. Maybe it's because they don't have the excuse of story. Don't get me wrong, I love stories, but I get the feeling that a lot of writers think that as long as the plot barrels along at a ready clip then you can get away with minimal thinking elsewhere. Plot is important in a story, but it's not the be all and end all...