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!