I write a lot of fantasy fiction. It began when I was in high school. I like fantasy because it’s about what’s not possible.
My journey into fantasy didn’t begin with writing, but with art. Fantasy allowed me to explore my imagination—there was no limit to what I could draw. It could get silly at times. But it could end up grandeur too. Some of my favorite works are from the times I explored my imagination.
Fantasy, whether drawing it, painting it, or writing it, begins with what if. What if we had a spirit animal assigned to us at birth, but can only see it when we live a spiritual life? This was a question I pondered while making my spirit animal art. The question carried over into my writing, which resulted in a story (still unpublished) about a boy—a lonely boy—who has a near-death experience and sees his spirit animal. Not only can he see it, but he can speak to it and hear it speak to him. And with his new-found friend, he can go on grand adventures to other worlds.
Unfortunately, an author of fantasy must explain the logic—the how and why—of their fantasy world. The fantasy artist doesn’t. Their worlds can be totally unbelievable … and that’s the fun of creating fantasy art. You can chuck logic out the window and make up any rules you want. You can be as real or surreal with your art as you want.
Thanks for joining me for a look at some of my favorite pieces of fantasy art I’ve created over the years.
Peace and love.
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