Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Donato's Drake

Here is the Donato Giancola painting for Tor's upcoming David Drake book, A World of Mirrors, due out next July. I asked Donato to tell us a little about his intentions with this painting:

"Selecting the precise moment to freeze in order to illustrate the tensions of conflict is one of the most difficult jobs in narrative illustration. Rewind the moment too far back and you’ve lost the posturing of battle. Fast forward too much and you've provided the viewer with the resolution. Ambiguity is the essence of what I am after within this context, the placement of the viewer and characters at that pivotal moment when there is no winner or loser. This unknown state allows the viewer to project their own assessment of the variables and guess at a possible future; the image engages and creates a dialog with the viewer. It also propels them to discover the ‘real’ outcome of the narrative, especially if there is an implied resolution as within the pages of a novel, for which this image actually illustrates.
Want to know what happens?...I suggest you read the book."


Josh Jasper said...

The perspective on that is amazing! I actually turned my laptop screen upside-down to see it from another angle. The whole thing is vertigo inducing and wonderful. I love the color on the drakes too. I'm guessing he used patterning from real world lizards for that effect.

I will say I'm not too sure how it'll work as a cover, if it's intended to be one. It seems a bit over-full. But then, I don't much go for covers where I there's too much going on. Your milage may varry.

Beta said...

After that I think I'll have to read the book ^.^u

Irene Gallo said...

Hi Josh,

Donato did say that he was looking at frogs and lizards for the coloration. I didn't ask but I wonder if he took a look at the Lizards & Snakes show at the Natural History Museum. Besides color, I saw one lizard with the coolest feet! If I drew, I'd have stolen those feet for a dragon.

stanko said...

What a nice piece! Donato is imho one of the best illustrators out there. I had the pleasure of meeting him this summer and it was very inspirational. What makes his work so fantastic to me is his how he is influenced so heavily in Art History. And he's a nice guy which always is a plus.


Irene Gallo said...

Hey John,

Donato _is_ a great guy.I have often asked him to donate is time for various events and he is always up for it.

He once gave a slide lecture that compared the paintings that influenced him with his own was an awesome lecture. Did you see that slide show? If he does it at another convention that I am at, I'd love to see it again.

Anonymous said...

tibia money tibia gold tibia item runescape money runescape gold runescape power leveling tibia gold runescape money runescape gold runescape accounts runescape gp runescape power leveling dofus kamas buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape items tibia item runescape accounts runescape gp wow power leveling wow powerleveling Warcraft PowerLeveling tibia money tibia gold runescape powerleveling buy dofus kamas Warcraft Power Leveling World of Warcraft PowerLeveling World of Warcraft Power Leveling Hellgate money Hellgate gold Guild Wars Gold buy Guild Wars Gold lotro gold buy lotro gold Hellgate Palladium Hellgate London Palladium Hellgate London gold runescape money runescape gold eve isk eve online isk Fiesta Silver Fiesta Gold SilkRoad Gold buy SilkRoad Gold Scions of Fate Gold SOF Gold Age Of Conan Gold AOC Gold lotro gold buy lotro gold buy runescape gold buy runescape money runescape items ArchLord gold buy ArchLord gold DDO Plat tibia money tibia gold tibia item Dungeons and Dragons Online Plat

Anonymous said...

I like a game which you need use dofus kamas to play. If you want to be online to play this game, I can borrow kamas to you. When you have cheap kamas, and than you can go on this game. Of cause, when you are first to play, you can dofus gold. If you have enough buy dofus kamas, you will be able to different games.

Anonymous said...

The game has a lot of LOTRO Gold, as long as you join to play this game you will get
them. you should try your best to earn as much Lord Of The Rings Gold as you can, so you are strong and no one can
fight you. you can go to buy LOTRO Gold in the game, so many other players want to play with you together. As long as you have the cheap Lord Of The Rings Gold you will be strong and you can go to kill the monsters to upgrade alone.