From the first days when I started actively using the Internet it has been about discovery. And more often than not that discovery has been focused on one of my favorite things: fantasy art. Finding things online and printing them off I'd stuff these prizes between the pages of my spectrum Art annuals, keeping all this amazing inspiration in one place. The print offs were terrible, the ink staying cool and wet for way too long and imprinting on my hands. But it was awesome. I loved it.
As the Internet becomes more and more personalized and more and more effective in searches, the possibility of accidental discovery is diminished. Early on you'd look up some artist you were eager to find and it was likely they would be on a website, not their own, along with other artists the person who built the website enjoyed. It was all very sloppy and all very strange. The whole Internet was like Myspace: limited design tools and a profusion of unrelated stuff.
And now we appear to be shuffling away from the World Wide Web and onto apps. Apps are our little portals into the chaos that is the Internet. That's fine. Probably essential. But it makes discovery even harder. And that's why an app like Flipboard is so important. A self curated collection of places to make discoveries.
So, I want to share my favorite fantasy art sites I follow on Flipboard, many of which I discovered through social media. At least right now.
Here they are:
The Art Order
Dungeons & Dragons
Spectrum Fantastic Art Live Facebook Page
Hi Fructose Mag
F Yeah Digital Painting
And a few others that aren't really art focused but still have some fascinating and cool art to discover:
A Paladin In The Citadel
I could go on and on but I gotta get drawing!