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Artists who also Write fantasy

Discussion in 'Fantasy Art' started by Dizwhi, Jul 10, 2016.

  1. Dizwhi

    Dizwhi New Member

    I've just read Todd Lockwood's novel The Summer Dragon A good read, and as a writer/artist myself, I really enjoyed seeing pieces of his artwork included. I'd love to see more of the same in other novels.
  2. La Volpe

    La Volpe Sage

    I recall a book by Neil Gaiman (writer) and Chris Riddell (artist) that did this. The Sleeper and the Spindle.

    I've also seen it in his Coraline. And I vaguely remember pictures in my copy of Druid of Shannara by Terry Brooks.

    None of these have writing and art by the same person, I think, but might still be relevant.
  3. Nomadica

    Nomadica Troubadour

    I plan to have illustrations in my story. I love it when people add them in. To bad it seems to be almost taboo. I love concept art especially and I think thats a perfect art style for novels.
  4. CupofJoe

    CupofJoe Myth Weaver

    Tolkien's illustrations in The Hobbit have always appealed to me.
    I love the mix of illustrations and text in Terry Pratchett's Last Hero [illustrated by Paul Kidby] and Eric [Josh Kirby].
    It's [more than] a graphic novel but not [just] a novel, I think Watchmen is incredible in blending things together. Writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colourist John Higgins [he always seems to be forgotten :(] are at the top of their games. I like the film [ducks to avoid thing being hurled at me] but the original book is so much better...
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  5. Insolent Lad

    Insolent Lad Maester

    I haven't created illustrations for any of my novels (aside from the covers and title page) but I have done a couple children's books with my art, a picture book and a beginners' chapter book. Obviously, those sort of books require illustration. Some of my poetry books have my own pictures in them, some have other people's art. Honestly, though I am a decent painter, I do not think illustration is my strength. Plus, it just takes too much time when I would rather write.
  6. A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan (which I read recently) has some pretty nice illustrations included throughout. It's written as the memoir of the narrator, and she's an artist, so it fits.

    As for me, a couple of my ideas I'm processing present themselves to me in a visual medium; I want to write them as graphic novels. I'm not a particularly great artist at the moment, but I'm confident I can get much better. I want to bring these stories to life, anyhow.
  7. Lumani

    Lumani Minstrel

    Howdy! :)

    My art thread contains characters and scenes from the novel i'm currently working to finish. :) I would love to publish an art book or include my illustrations if i'm ever lucky enough to publish. I always enjoyed reading novels with illustrations included!

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