Influence & Inspiration: Donato Giancola

Donato Giancola is an artist that I found as a teenager, and so many of his paintings inspired stories. For example…

Inspiration for the Palace in Belmont; curved, elegant, beautiful.

cartographerHow about Mir, my archivist? She inspired a whole story, not that it’s gone further than a teenage draft. She might come back some day…

Or Arkady? I don’t think I have written this specifically, but it’s such an amazing picture for me – the mix of travel and adventure and sheer awe of an alien world.

I think my favourite series is the ones done for Wizards of the Coast. I love the sheer mix and variety of the images, and the way a character is captured so vibrantly.

And those are only a tiny sample of the sheer variety! I just love the range and inspiration – it’s like having a whole bunch of writing prompts captured in one image. Check out the gallery for more art!

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.