Iranian artist Reza Afshar creates stunning towers and dark fantasy scenes from pop culture and his own imagination. One could easily see these as book covers. Find more by the artist on his ArtStation page.
For fans of Hieronymous Bosch… Alessandro Sicioldr’s work adopts a similar style and many of the same motifs: the egg, the cave, the pregnant Madonna, the beaked ghoul. But where Bosch’s phantasms were spiritual, Sicioldr’s […]
Xi Zhang is a concept artist and illustrator from Beijing. Find more on her ArtStation page.
A few of these paintings have appeared on this blog before, especially as cover images to snippets from my urban fantasy novel, and for good reason. The works of Malaysian cover artist Qistina Khalidah, AKA […]
Through illustration and photo manipulation, French artist Maena Paillet creates a magical realm of permanent dusk that is as peaceful as it is sinister. Find more by the artist on her ArtStation page.
The paintings of Lithuanian artist Sarunas Macijauskas are just effing stunning, with killer usesof color and negative space. Note in his painting “Surgeon” how a spotless white carapace replicates the white coats of doctors, but […]
I’ve featured Austrian artist Stefan Koidl before. His “visual horror story” about dark supernatural events at Chernobyl develops similar themes as the rest of his work: that kind of eerie, detached creepiness we feel at […]
Greek artist Othon Nikolaidis paints some of the most epic fantasy heroines I’ve seen. Find more by the artist on his ArtStation page.
The works of Russian artist Maria Zolotukhina hover at the twilight of consciousness. Her darkly dramatic paintings depict unsettling dreamlike scenes with classical motifs — portraiture, still life, landscape, religious icon — and are full […]
Russian artist Olya Bossak, AKA Reycat, makes surreal and moving illustrations of cryptids, creatures, and animorphic humanoids, such as her “alternate angels,” which put the downward-facing wings under the arms. The change is subtle but […]