Over at Kris Denby's blog, he posted a pic of a book cover for a fantasy novel called Shadow Prowler, and initiated an interesting (to me) discussion about judging books by their covers. The art on this particular book is fantastic, and the synopsis of the story within sounds like a run-of-the-mill cliched fantasy trope-filled snoozer.
But what hooked me was the art itself! Check out the art here, without the title, etc on it...
Awesome. The artist's name is Kekai Kotaki.
Anyway, Kris linked to the artist's website and blog, and of course I checked it out. INCREDIBLE artwork. Not only that, but he shows progressions of some of his work, from concept sketches to final product. I immediately became a follower of it. If you like fantasy-themed artwork of the highest caliber, check it out.
Here are a couple more examples.
I'm sorry, man, that artwork just does something for me. I love it. Each pic tells a whole story to me. This guy is top, top notch. I'm amazed that someone has the talent to crank out art like this so routinely.
Just thought I'd share it with y'all.