Fantasy Art is quite broadly defined and tends to display mythical, mystical and non-realistic subjects in a realistic way often linked illustrating fantasy literature. Within this group we will be exploring all aspects of fantasy art, including introducing fantasy artists.
Recently I was able to interview Mystic Sparrow one of the members of the editorial team in the Fantasy Art Group, and I asked her what inspired her to start making fantasy art and how she goes about creating images?
Mystic Sparrow: “I have always loved fantasy art and was inspired by a friend who is a digital artist. I use to make fantasy art books, they were old books where I glued the pages together in an open form and I was given written permission from my friend to use her artwork in these book creations.
I got to thinking it would be great if I could do my own art and put them in these open book type frames. With a lot of perseverance and experimenting with several programs I started to create and the more I did it the better my work became. My dad was my biggest follower of my artwork – I actually created the name Mystic Sparrow due to the passing of my dad. At his funeral a sparrow came in to the service and stayed for the duration then left. The sparrow was a messenger for us from my dad. This little sparrow was a mystery, hence my name Mystic Sparrow.
All my artwork is created using .png images that I have either purchased or created from my own sources or stock images on the net with credits to the original stock holder. I put these together and merge my .png images to create my artwork. I use a few different digital editing programs to do this. Depending on the amount of detail I have on each piece they can take me from one day to several days to do. I usually have three or four going at once. I will work on one for a while then move to another one.”
I asked Mystic Sparrow where she got her inspiration from for her new work and what she was currently working on?
Mystic Sparrow: “My inspiration comes from browsing the internet looking at fantasy art work. I will see something that appeals to me and then it starts my creative side running. I sometimes get what I call creative block similar to writer’s block. When that happens I again surf the net for inspirational images which often results in a whole new idea and then I am on a roll again.
I am currently working on a dream catcher series of flowers and animals. I have a passion for the fantasy side of things, where i am only limited by my imagination. I love the challenge of creating where fantasy has no boundaries. Waterfalls of all fantasy kinds are my passion, I love fantasy, surreal, and Gothic but I really have no set themes, as I create to what comes to my mind at the time. I hope my art is enjoyed as much as I enjoy creating it.”
Finally, I asked Mystic Sparrow how she sees her art developing in the future.
Mystic Sparrow: “My art is developing in many different ways as I learn new techniques along with new inspirational ideas. I would love to have my art work on book covers and CD covers. Every day is another day for my work as it develops and I hope to one day to be recognized for my style of work. I would love it if someone sees a piece and says “Hey that’s Ali Oppy’s art (aka Mystic Sparrow)!” It would mean I had developed my own, unique, recognisable style.”
You can see Mystic Sparrow’s art portfolio at: http://mystic-sparrow.artistwebsites.com/
In future articles we will introduce more fantasy artists and explore the subject of fantasy art in more detail.
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