~~March 10, 2014~~
An Anne Stokes Gallery … Amazing!
Anne Stokes is an artist whose work has appeared in role-playing games, particularly Dungeons & Dragons. Her Dungeons & Dragons work includes interior art for Monster Manual III (2004), Player’s Handbook II (2006), Monster Manual IV (2006), Fiendish Codex I: Hordes of the Abyss (2006), Complete Mage (2006), Magic Item Compendium (2007), Monster Manual V (2007), Rules Compendium(2007), and the 4th edition Monster Manual (2008) and Manual of the Planes (2008).
Stokes did the cover artwork for the One Minute Silence album Available in All Colours. Morten Veland from the Norwegian gothic metal band Sirenia was surfing the internet when he found Stokes mermaid picture. He became interested and contacted her for the permits to use it as an album cover for Perils of the Deep Blue.
The fantasy art of Anne Stokes features striking designs and life like portrayals of fantasy subjects. Her art covers a broad range of subjects, from the romantic and magical enchanted Forest, to the dark underworld of gothic vampires. Classic subjects are reinvented with a strong design and impact, and new creatures are brought to life in a unique and eye catching manner.
Anne is originally from London, UK, but now lives in Leeds in the beautiful county of Yorkshire. She started off work as a merchandise designer, then became a full time freelance illustrator where she worked on a number of book, game and record products. As her career progressed she moved solely into licensing her own creations and concepting ranges of fantasy themed paintings.
Anne’s artworks have now been licensed on a wide range of products including T-shirts, posters, book covers, calendars, jigsaws, tarot cards, sculptures, CCG sleeves, mugs, jewelery and greetings cards, which are on sale worldwide.
Below are some question and answers from Anne herself on how she works
Where do you get your ideas from?
Sometimes I see a tree, or window in a church, or something when out walking my dog, or the way the light falls on an object and this gives me an idea. I like to carry my small pocket digital camera around with me as it is great for snapping reference photos. Also I always have scrap of paper to hand for sketching ideas down on.
For example below left is an unusual tree I saw while out walking my dog in woodland. The branches crossed over and looked to me like part of a star shape. From this I got the idea of doing my forest pentagram dragon, where the branches form a magical star shape that has attracted the attention of a small forest dwelling dragon.
Maybe my brain works in an unusual way but when I looked at this tree I just saw the picture!
Some subjects are requested by a company and then I have to think of a good way to make a new artwork from a classic theme like an angel or a unicorn. I always try and bring something unique to my art in the design of the picture and the style of the character, but most importantly of all I paint from the heart.
How do you paint your pictures?
First is to come up with the idea of what to paint. I often spend a lot of time thinking about a picture before I ever put pen to paper. Once I have the idea worked out on my head I prepare a sketch to finalize the layout.
Full Read/source/Article: http://www.annestokes.com/the-artist/
Official Website: http://www.annestokes.com/
~~Stoked – Anne Stokes interviewed~~