Verdant fairy forests. Whispering mountains. The fallen towers of ancient kings. Spirit-filled lakes. The distant strains of elven bards. For over thirty years, the fantasy art of Charles Vess has been acclaimed worldwide, his rich palette, striking compositions, and lavish detail... read more
“After college, when I returned to the "real world," I had to struggle for many years to regain that lost, individual sense of whimsical fantasy that those school years tried to squelch.”Charles Vess
“The piece was run in Heavy Metal magazine, to whom I'd desperately been trying to sell work for several years. Their editor had asked me to try an SF slant rather than my usual fantasy style. Eventually we parted ways as I was told by that same editor that my art was just "too nice" for their editorial direction--read: not enough busty babes and violence.”Charles Vess
“Many of the most vivid personalities in Vess' work are not human--indeed they're not even human-shaped. He excels at trees, at the richness of woods: leaf piled upon leaf, root upon root, branch upon branch. In his pictures a beech wood is different from a birch wood, both in its mood and its architecture--as different as a cathedral is from an elegant white-and-silver drawing room.”Susanna Clarke
“After years and years of painting with a transparent medium (FW inks) I've found that you can leave out many of the "hard" pen outlines and replace them with pure color for a better effect. Of course, only experience and patience will tell you which of those lines to leave in and which to take out.”Charles Vess
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