As I gear up to start layout for Hill Cantons:Borderlands, my thinking is again hovering around art direction. If you remember way back when in February I was dead set on the sourcebook having a very distinct look from most gaming art--one that reflected the aesthetic inspirations driving the admittedly quirky vision in my mind's eye.
Thanks to my lovely old folklorist friend back in Slovakia I have been running through in the past few days another great streaming font of art inspirations, modern Russian painters that make my Bilibin-loving heart go thumpety thump.
First up on the new short list of inspirational sources is the work of Vsevolod Ivanov, not to be confused with the late, great Soviet writer/journalist of the same name. Ivanov was born in 1950 in Belmorsk in Russian Karelia and was relegated to only exhibiting work in amateur exhibitions during the Soviet era. These days his work is fairly well known in the well...fairly unknown circles of Slavic neo-paganism.
Just take a gander at some of his paintings of the last decade. They exhibit an almost Gloranthan vibe at times that I just love. Make sure to click on the pictures to get the full effect.
|Dark Alv and Bright Alv (2004)
Orders for the Hyperborean Fleet (2006)
In the Town of Slovenske (2004)