Monday, March 17, 2014

Depicting Good and Evil

 illustration by Cory Godbey
"Playing it safe in fantasy art means macabre, violent and, at times, terribly sexist imagery. To me, it's just lazy and uncreative. The struggle between good and evil never ceases to be exciting. But when the grotesque is glorified and beauty is seen as childish or weak, then we've taken a serious misstep."

- Cory Godbey

"Oh, how beneficial it would be for mankind if all the arts...set themselves a common goal and joined hands with the laws to make us love virtue and hate vice! It is up to the philosopher to...address himself to the poet, the painter, the musician, and to cry out to them in a loud voice: Men of genius, why has heaven endowed you?"

-Denis Diderot, 16th century philosopher and art critic


  1. Great quotes, Kelley! I was really impressed and inspired by Cory's thoughts in ImagineFX. I thought it was an interesting discussion, and definitely an important one to start. I definitely think we need more emphasis on beauty in the fantastic art realm. Thankfully, I see a growing movement to counter the ugly for the sake of ugly.

  2. Gorgeous! There is something very timeless about the LRRH theme, no matter how many times it is done. Love the composition. :)

    Alex Hurst, fantasy author in Japan, participating in Blogging A-Z April Challenge.


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