While browsing Reddit I was immediately taken by the above illustration by Alena Aenami. Her artwork is abstract but still easy to pick up tiny details the more you look, and her use of different colors in each work enables me to take the time to really look at each one. Along with showing her work on Artstation, she has a Patreon to support new work, along with wallpaper packs via Gumroad.
While editing The Blackapple Brugh for Basic Fantasy RPG, I noticed its cover and the striking artwork adorning it. A post from its author, Kyle Hettinger, pointed me to the artist he commissioned, Vasily Ermolaev. I LOVE the dark colors and strong lines used in the illustrations, as well as the variety of places and figures.
While browsing /r/lotr I saw the image above, and was immediately taken by its style. Painted by Ted Nasmith, I really like the little details and the lighting. It reminds me of old-school illustrations, and it could partly be because he does seem to use traditional materials rather than digital. Browsing his site I see a wide range of work, not just for fantasy. His architectural renderings are another favorite of mine, and can provide lots of inspiration for both writing stories and RPG campaigns.
Any time I go back and listen to the music on NewRetroWave’s YouTube channel, I always end up on Scandroid’s NeoTokyo (remixed by Dance With the Dead). Besides the incredible music, I was struck by the chosen artwork by Tony Skeor. Looking at his images gets me incredibly excited for Cyberpunk 2077, and exactly the kind of game, movie, novel, etc. I want to be immersed in as we enter a new year and decade.