The blog of David Michael Wright - Freelance Illustrator

Hello, and welcome to my humble blog!

If you too like the drag of Graphite on Paper, can appreciate the flick of a well executed Brushstroke, and like I favour subjects of the Dark and the Monstrous, the Weird and the Wonderful, the Abominable, Diabolical, Fantastic, Dramatic, Adventurous, Ghastly, Nightmarish and Phantasmagorical!

…Or like myself, seek to devour all sources of the Technical, Practical, Methodical and Inspirational!

Then perhaps this blog is for you.

It is (I hope) to become a progressive ongoing account of my endeavours as a Freelance Illustrator specialising in mainly the Fantasy, Sci-Fi, and Horror art genres. As is always the case (except perhaps on Sundays) I will do my very best and veritably strain heart and nerve and sinew to write a faithful accounting of all my latest Discoveries, Resources, Technical Explorations and Inspirations, in addition of course to featuring regular posts of my current Creative Exploits and Works in Progress.

Enjoy!


Monday, 1 March 2010

Jolly smashing books! - Part 1



I’ve seen quite a few of these ‘my favourite awesome best books ever’ lists about here and there and I always really enjoy seeing what other peoples favourites are, as sometimes you can find some great new things out there you weren’t aware of recommended by other folks, and, well, sometimes its just nice to know somebody out there digs the same stuff you do! So anyhow it got me thinking… What are my favourite books in my own collection?

First off to bung them all together would be clumsy, so - category’s...

I think – Top 5 most Inspirational, Most Educational, and Most utterly Magnificent :) would be a good start (I might think up some more later on). So here goes, Most Inspirational…


My favourite, Top 5 most Inspirational fantasy art books.

1. The art of the Dragonlance saga – Mary Kirchoff (published by TSR)



This book was where it all started for me, I saw it at school when I was about 12 and then avidly reading the TSR Dragonlance novels, I came across this book and was blown away by all the amazing artwork, this was my first real exposure to a collection of fantasy art, and at that point it sort of connected in my head that the pictures were really hand painted (Doh) by real people (Doh) who made all this stuff up (Wow!). I had been drawing stuff from an early age, but this book made me really want to be an artist, painting & drawing crazy monsters and creating mad cool stuff. From that point to this, that’s what I’ve wanted to do, and worked toward.


2. The art of the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons fantasy game. (Published by TSR)



Another cool book, I only got this one relatively recently, I saw this title on an old TSR pricelist way back but it was out of print by then and I couldn’t get hold of it in any bookstores pre ebay & Amazon (jeez I love the internet) but it’s great, cover to cover classic TSR art.


3. The worlds of TSR. (Published by TSR)

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(Sorry, I couldn't find a purchase link)

Hmm there’s a bit of a pattern emerging here isn’t there… More old TSR art in a book! I really love 80’s art (Movie, Music, and RPG). This is a classic, and again it took me years to get hold of a copy asking people with baggy eyes in 2nd hand bookshops all over the country if they had it… They didn’t, good old Mr Ebay did.


4. The fantastic art of Frank Frazetta vol 1-4 (Published by Pan books)

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(Sorry, I couldn't find a purchase link)

I found these really cheap on Barnsley market early one morning while studying at art college about 10 years back. Things have never quite been the same since. Frank's the man, and these books are old and good.


5. Darkwerks – The art of Brom (Published by Paper Tiger)



All of Broms books are great, I picked this one at random really. I love Brom’s work, and return to it time and time again to study his use of design, composition and colour.


More soon! :)

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