Contemporary Art Week!
Leo and Diane Dillon
Leo and Diane Dillon were one of the greatest illustration teams in the history of Fantasy Art. Books that have used their illustrations for cover or inside art include an edition of the Narnia books, Garth Nix’s Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen, Her Stories and The Girl Who Spun Gold by Virginia Hamilton, The Earthsea Trilogy by Ursula K. LeGuin, Aida by Leontyne Price, The Girl Who Dreamed Only Geese by Howard A. Norman, and many, many more.
There is a blog dedicated to archiving their work here.
Pieces o’ Heart! Well, one piece of heart, and one full one, if you want to get picky. Hailing from Twilight Princess, both iterations came out wonderfully.
The piece of heart was a unique challenge, as in the game you could see the red heart encapsulated in a rough hewn crystal, and as I try to make sure that all the pieces that I produce would be possible to acquire in the real world, I was faced with the task of attempting to mimic the look and feel of the irregular edges, while keeping it realistic. I achieved that by just dumping a ton of different cuts and sizes into the empty space between gold border and ruby center. I also tried a version where I used micro pavé stones for a more regular covering, but it came out looking so bad I didn’t even bother rendering it out.
Sadly, the full heart container is impossible to create as seen here, as I don’t think anyone would ever cut a ruby to that custom shape. Sorry jewelry fans!
These are utterly exquisite.
Roald Dahl (via fawun)