Well, seeing as it’s time for my weekly post and I’ve had some trouble finding inspiration this week, I thought I’d do a feature post about a few artists whose work never fails to inspire me! You may be the type of person who gets inspired by things other than visual art and writing done by others, but those two things happen to be 2 of my top 5 inspirations (the other three are music, movies/TV and nature). As I’m sure most of you know, my main writing social-networking site is mistressofquills.deviantart.com, and I’ve found it to be (among other things) a gold mine full of amazing visual artists and writers who create breathtaking artwork. Some of these people have become my friends, and others I simply “watch” in order to get notifications when they post new work. Either way, I’ve found and met an enormous number of incredibly talented people, so I thought I’d introduce some of them to you! (Side note: all these people go by usernames on DeviantART, so that’s what I’ll use to refer to them. I’ll provide links to all their profiles, too.)
First up is “Ninjatic,” a digital artist who paints beautiful landscapes and settings, as well as fantasy creatures and characters (ninjatic.deviantart.com). Here are a few examples of his work:
Next is “Rona-Keller,” a skilled photographer who captures her images with warm colors and interesting concepts (rona-keller.deviantart.com). Here are just a few examples of her work:
“AlectorFencer” is a professional digital artist whose work includes intricately detailed fantasy creatures and characters, as well as some beautiful leatherwork (alectorfencer.deviantart.com).
Next is one of my favourite writers on DeviantART, “colbalt-rain” (colbalt-rain.deviantart.com). She is an amazing writer with a talent for identifying with her reader even when the circumstances she’s describing might not be something the reader had experienced. She captures ideas and concepts in her poetry that resonate with the reader in a very compelling and vivid way. A few of my favourite poems by her include:
- “breaking a writer’s heart.” (colbalt-rain.deviantart.com/art/breaking-a-writer-s-heart)
- “adults.” (colbalt-rain.deviantart.com/art/adults)
- “red leaves and Robert Frost” (colbalt-rain.deviantart.com/art/red-leaves-and-Robert-Frost)
- and “bodies like star systems.” (colbalt-rain.deviantart.com/art/bodies-like-star-systems).
Please take a moment to read a piece or two of her work! You won’t regret it! (If you only have time for one, read “breaking a writer’s heart” (: It’s my personal favourite!)
Next is “PixieCold,” a traditional-style visual artist whose paintings are creative and colorful as well as unique and beautiful (pixiecold.deviantart.com). She also does some amazing make-up art! Here are just a few pieces of her work:
Another of my favourite DeviantART writers is “DearPoetry” (dearpoetry.deviantart.com). Her ability to write is breathtaking – one moment you find yourself reading a poem, and the next, you find yourself being pulled away into an impression or feeling or environment where all you can sense is what she’s describing to you. Her use of language is (in my opinion) exquisite. My favourite poems by her include:
- “Writer Scars” (dearpoetry.deviantart.com/art/Writer-Scars)
- “Dear Poetry,” (dearpoetry.deviantart.com/art/Dear-Poetry)
- “9729 kilometers away, to be exact.” (dearpoetry.deviantart.com/art/9729-kilometers-away-to-be-exact)
- and “Poetry,” (dearpoetry.deviantart.com/art/Poetry).
Be sure to read some of her work! (Especially “Writer Scars” and “Dear Poetry” – I can’t choose which one is my favourite!)
My last visual artist to show you is “tachit,” a digital artist who works primarily with fantasy characters and landscapes (tatchit.deviantart.com). Here are just a few pieces of his art:
I hope this (really) long post was interesting and helpful, especially for those of us looking for inspiration! There are hundreds, thousands even, of talented artists and writers that I couldn’t mention on DeviantART, and if this is a well-accepted post, I may do another in the future… especially for those of you who aren’t familiar with DeviantART! Anyway, let me know if this was helpful and if you would like to see similar posts in the future! Also, tell me: what inspires you the most? As always, thanks for reading!