IlluXcon Roundup: Interview with Iris Compiet

The story is about a little princess whose parents want her to marry a prince, but all the princes are just not very interesting to her, they are nice but there’s no spark… and that’s when she falls in love with another princess.

Read More

Lisbeth Salander

We’ve been having some pretty wild weather here in the Wairarapa lately, which meant that I’ve been sitting without power for over 24 hours earlier this week. While sitting around waiting for the contractors from the power company to turn up and put me back on the grid, I’ve managed to read myself through a substantial chunk of Stieg Larsson’s “Millenium” trilogy*: finally! I should say!

Read More

Witch: The Young Woman

In my last blog, I have been looking at representations of Witches, which are depicted as old women: and I have remarked on the fact that I’ve been hard put to find sufficient images to […]

Read More

Interview: Sunila Sen Gupta, Dragon Lady

Hello! My name is Sunila Sen Gupta, I’m a 45 year old biologist turned illustrator and graphic designer in training, based in Switzerland. I am self-taught in illustration and have been working professionally for ten years now.

Read More

Dragon

Nothing spells “Fantasy” as clearly as the image of a dragon does. And isn’t it strange that every one of us will have a fairly good idea of what a dragon looks like, even though […]

Read More

The Art of Au Contraire! 2013

A couple of weekends ago, I had the pleasure to attend Au Contraire!, the New Zealand national Science Fiction, Fantasy and Geekery convention here in Wellington. It was the second Au Contraire! I attended: three […]

Read More

Hits and Misses

Before the unthinkable happens and I miss my deadline for this blog post, why not do a meditation on – deadlines. There is art for every occasion. There truly is. Obviously, I am not the […]

Read More

World Underground

Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that I recently signed myself up for a Horticulture Certificate with the Open Polytech, and have been assiduously studying the physical and chemical properties of soils […]

Read More

Mermaid

Time to leave the hustle and bustle of the future city behind, and delve into the deeps of the fantastic imagination. I’ll be looking at some aquatic creatures in this installment. Mermaids, for the most […]

Read More

Traffic

First of all, I must apologize for the interrupted service on this blog – I have been in and out of hospital for the best part of last month, and eventually had to say goodbye […]

Read More

City Lights, City Grunge

From Metropolis to Blade Runner, the city of the future has been a subject for science fiction artists and film makers, who have vented both dreams and deep-seated fears. This blog post offers a collection […]

Read More

Cosmic Dance

Who isn’t fascinated by the images of outer space, which have become available over the last few decades from ever more powerful telescopes: the iridescent colour play of stars in the making, the drifting clouds […]

Read More

Gazing at Alien Skies

Have you ever wondered what it might be like to look at an alien sky? The sky of a planet whose atmosphere has a different chemical composition to that on Earth, resulting in entirely different […]

Read More

Unicorn

I’ve wanted to leave the realms of fantasy behind this time, and move on into the vastness of open space, but then this came up: — so I decided to write a blog post on […]

Read More
Smaug the Golden - Sunila Sen Gupta

Hobbit Art – Before the Movie (well, almost)

Kia ora and welcome to my new Visual Arts blog on Amazing Stories! First up, let’s have some Hobbit art. Let me state this outright: I am not going to try to determine who is the “greatest artist” in the fandom. I am not particularly interested in who is the most technically proficient, or the most outrageously inventive. Who gets the biggest fees, the most prestigious projects, has the greatest fan base, or who, by whose definition, is the “most famous”. I like to feature art I like.

Read More