Hey, friends! Hope you're all doing well despite the ongoing pandemic. I've been dealing with a lot of lower respiratory symptoms this week, including breathlessness, which culminated in me going to a clinic and finding out I was having my first ever asthma attack! I don't even usually have allergies, but apparently my lungs are mad right now. That was a fun time.
Now for today's post: I share fanart in themed posts on this blog every so often, I reblog it on my Tumblr all the time, and I've also talked about my Art & Words Pinterest board in the past. Visual art is amazing to me! But I have yet to write a post introducing you to my favorite artists. I thought today would be a good time to remedy that.
Some of these artists primarily create fanart; some primarily create original works. There are photos, paintings, papercraft, and more! I hope through this you find some great visual artists to support. Art is such an essential part of human life: it educates, it enriches, it evokes, it inspires, it distracts! We need it most in difficult times like these.
Paola Pieretti has developed a style for her commissioned character portraits that really speaks to me, though I can't explain why. I just know that she's at the top of my list for artists I might commission once I have a published book to promote. I don't have any single favorite, but here are a few pieces that show off her abilities:
Rosie is a YA literature fanartist who creates sketches and gorgeous papercrafts. My favorite of her works so far is this Pride and Prejudice papercraft:
Tom Bagshaw is an original artist of gothic-style digital fantasy paintings featuring women. (His art does sometimes contain partial nudity.) One of my favorite pieces by him is titled "Air":
Karen Hallion is a pop culture fanartist best known for her She/He Series of portraits depicting real and fictional people of note alongside key words. One of my favorites of hers is this picture from her TARDIS Crossover Series:
Bella Kotak is a well-known fantasy photographer who primarily focuses on women and whose work is often quirky and flower-inspired. One of my favorites is titled "Eden":
Tara Spruit is a pop culture and YA literature fanartist who illustrates for Fairyloot. One of my favorite pieces by her is this fanart of Sarai from Strange the Dreamer:
Like Bella Kotak, Rosie Hardy creates female-focused fantasy photography (often self portraits) that have a quirky edge. One great example is her "Spring's Seamstress":
Vivien Gintner is a bookish fanartist with a focus on YA/NA literature. Her skills have increased a lot over the years, and my favorite may be this fanart of Darrow and Mustang from Red Rising:
Yliade creates vibrant digital illustrations based off of mythologies from all around the world. She has requested that fans not repost her work without permission, so you'll have to check out the links!
Etsy | Instagram
Jo Painter is a YA literature fanartist whose style speaks to me much the way Paola Pieretti's does. She has also requested that fans not repost her work.
Website | Instagram
Kat Adara is a YA literature fanartist who created some of the official illustrations for The Lunar Chronicles. She has requested that fans not repost her art.
Etsy | Instagram
Those are my top picks! I hope you enjoyed them. You can find even more recommended art and artists in the places I mentioned at the beginning of this post.
Who are your favorite visual artists?
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