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Playmats Are In!

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Playmats Are In!

I am so stoked to now have playmats in stock in the Fantasy Art Realm online store. Playmats are a lot like giant mouse pads. They’re soft, rubber-backed, and can also be used on a desktop like a giant mouse pad.

The four I have in stock feature: Avalina Ethereal Guard, Om Ethereal Reveal, King Baldor, and Ena Ethereal Reveal. I selected these four particular images for playmats for several reasons.

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Ena, Ethereal Reveal

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Ena, Ethereal Reveal

Ena Ethereal Reveal fantasy art print

The official character release for July is Ena, Ethereal Reveal. Ena is not a new character. I first came up with her design and she debuted in 2018. In this new painting, Ena is added to the ranks of characters for which I have created and “Ethereal Reveal”. These characters include “Om, Ethereal Reveal” and “Oda, Ethereal Reveal” (see these paintings on this page.)

Ena is known as the Ethereal of Order in the Realm Ethereal universe. She is countered and opposed by another ethereal, Kor, the Ethereal of Chaos. Coming up next month, Kor will be featured in his own Ethereal Reveal painting.

Ena Ethereal Reveal before and after

I’ve posted an image comparing the previous painting of Ena with the new one. I find it interesting the contrast in my current approach to how I painted this image. For one, I am now working in grayscale first, applying color only after I’ve gone through a very thorough drawing and monochromatic painting phase. The other thing is that I find myself adding more “creatures” to the pieces. The symbols of flight are apparent when you position this new Ena painting with the last four paintings I completed (Avalina, King Baldor, Damara and Caelestis).

The theme of flight is obvious but also symbolic of my own foray into the world of self-employment as an artist. While I’ve taken to painting birds and butterflies in these last few paintings, I think my subconscious is manifesting through the inclusion of these animals of flight. At the very least, these flying creatures are a curious distraction. On a deeper, personal level, they symbolize the spreading of my own wings as an artist and taking flight. ■

 

Fantasy Art Realm was created by me, Rene Arreola. I am an artist who draws and paints fantastic imagery in the style of imaginative realism. My interest in making art lies at the intersection of character design and creation while owning my art and intellectual properties.

On top of all that, I really just enjoy playing with colors in a painting while paying homage the superhero comic books I read as a child. That’s why my fantasy art illustration will always have some kind of look to it that draws from superhero comics.

Fantasy Art Realm is a collection of artwork meant to inspire imagination, pique curiosity and open the world to the ideas and possibilities brought about by fervent and unbridled artistic creativity. Oh, and you can also buy some pretty cool looking artwork on stuff you can actually use.

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Avalina Drawstring Bag

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Avalina Drawstring Bag

The Avalina Drawstring Bag has just dropped, and it is sweet. This was one of my first paintings that really sticks to a minimal color palette. The redness of it all makes this a really color-saturated piece. Because of this, it’s a piece that is eye catching.

When my art is translated into merchandise, the printing process seems to add saturation. I actually really like this because while my limited edition art prints tend to be the most true to life colors as I envisioned them, the merchandise just looks better with brighter colors.

Drawstring bags were the first product I put my artwork on and they continue to be a best-seller in my entire catalog. The drawstring bags are highly functional and make great day-trip bags as well as for traveling in airports. I know this first hand because my wife and I recently took a trip to Alaska via a cruise ship. From traveling to the airport, on ship and on day excursions to several Alaskan ports as well as Victoria, Canada, my drawstring bag did not let me down.

I stored my iPad in it, along with bottle water, food, a spare coat, my iPad and iPhone charging wire and block. The list goes on. These drawstring bags are rated to hold up to 33 lbs. On this particular trip, the drawstring bags were so convenient. Easy to get into and easy to store when not in use.

I’ve included some high resolution photos below. You can also check out the Avalina drawstring bag and other Fantasy Art Realm characters featured on more drawstring bags here.

Fantasy Art Realm was created by me, Rene Arreola. I am an artist who draws and paints fantastic imagery in the style of imaginative realism. My interest in making art lies at the intersection of character design and creation while owning my art and intellectual properties.

On top of all that, I really just enjoy playing with colors in a painting while paying homage the superhero comic books I read as a child. That’s why my fantasy art illustration will always have some kind of look to it that draws from superhero comics.

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King Baldor Flip Flops

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King Baldor Flip Flops

The King Baldor Flip Flops are really colorful and a cool product! I just received my sample pair and they really look fantastic. I use Printful for these dye sublimation products and I have to say they have never disappointed.

If you are familiar with gaming playmats (which by the way I’m currently looking into for Fantasy Art Realm) the print and feel of the imagery is very similar. I’m including some photos I took with my iPhone of some detailed close ups. I hope they show clearly how these prints look on this product. I am impressed with the print quality. These make an excellent pair of flip flops!

The King Baldor Flip Flops can be found along with other flips flops featuring other characters from the Fantasy Art Realm. All artwork is original and created by me so I hope you enjoy your pair should you decide to order a pair for yourself! Here is the link to more Fantasy Art Realm Flip Flops.

Click on the high resolution images below for a closer look at the King Baldor Flip Flops.

Fantasy Art Realm was created by me, Rene Arreola. I am an artist who draws and paints fantastic imagery in the style of imaginative realism. My interest in making art lies at the intersection of character design and creation while owning my art and intellectual properties.

On top of all that, I really just enjoy playing with colors in a painting while paying homage the superhero comic books I read as a child. That’s why my fantasy art illustration will always have some kind of look to it that draws from superhero comics.

Fantasy Art Realm is a collection of artwork meant to inspire imagination, pique curiosity and open the world to the ideas and possibilities brought about by fervent and unbridled artistic creativity. Oh, and you can also buy some pretty cool looking artwork on stuff you can actually use.

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Digital Painting In Color

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Digital Painting In Color

grayscale to color painting Avalina fantasy artAll of the characters featured here in the Fantasy Art Realm are derived first from my Realm Ethereal universe. The Realm Ethereal was born out of my love for superhero comic books and fantasy art. Blending these both gave birth to The Realm Ethereal. A feel for something both supereheroish and fantasy based is what I am for in this “realm”.

All character creations, as I like to call them, are in fact character studies in my process. I often start drawing and these characters eventually emerge. From nothing more than a single word such as “space” or “ocean” or “butterfly” or “green” do these creations first manifest.

Once the character starts to manifest in a sketch and eventually a full composition in a painting, I start really refining the character’s visual look. Once a painting gets through the full detail grayscale phase, it’s time to add color. In this video, I show how I do that. And, because it’s somewhat related, I’m also posting a time lapse video of the grayscale painting phase. Enjoy!

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Avalina, Ethereal Guard

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Avalina, Ethereal Guard

The official character release for July is Avalina, Ethereal Guard. This new character has its roots in a very old painting I started but never completed several years ago. It started out as a watercolor painting but then transitioned into an acrylic painting upon a second attempt to rekindle it.

The original painting was attempted on 23″ x 30″ illustration board. I think part of the issue back then as to why I never completed this painting was that I was trying to work so large. Looking back, I really didn’t have an efficient work space to accommodate such a painting. Thus, the old, original abandoned painting sits in my studio propped up against a wall that my door covers when it’s opened all the way.

I think the other reason was I simply got bored of the painting. That tended to happen actually quite a bit back then, I have to admit. Perhaps due to letting the painting sit around for too long without touching it. It helps now that I’m working full-time as an artist. For the most part, nowadays, I’ll either start a painting and finish it, on average, about 20 to 30 hours working digitally. Or, I won’t start the painting at all.

One of the biggest impacts in the last three months on my art has been working entirely in grayscale during the early stages of painting. I’ve really taken to working monochromatically. I feel it allows me to focus on more drawing and values, before even attempting to paint any color. In fact, I logged in about 24 hours painting the grayscale version. When I was ready paint in color, that phase took about 4-5 hours.

All in all, I am pleased with the way this painting came out. Below are some merch items I currently have ready for sale featuring Avalina, Ethereal Guard.

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King Baldor – Into the Cosmos

King Baldor Into the Cosmos
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King Baldor – Into the Cosmos

King Baldor Into the CosmosMy latest character creation is King Baldor. He debuts as a character set in my Realm Ethereal universe, which is a world I am building that includes a comic book series I am creating.

This particular piece is titled “King Baldor – Into the Cosmos”. With him is his trusted war-hound, the elf dragon named Decima.

Here is a quick timelapse video of my digital painting process for this piece. As the video will show, I do all my preliminary sketching and drawing as well as the final grayscale render in Procreate, using my iPad Pro.

After that, I take grayscale painting into Photoshop and begin painting in the colors. I hope you enjoy the video, please feel free to leave comments below!

 

Fantasy Art Realm was created by Rene Arreola. He is an artist who draws and paints fantastic imagery in the style of imaginative realism. His interest in making art lies at the intersection of character design and creation while owning his own art and intellectual properties.

On top of all that, he really just enjoys playing with colors in a painting while paying homage the superhero comic books he read as a child. That’s why his fantasy art illustration will always have some kind of look to it that draws from superhero comics.

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Fantasy Art Realm, Welcome

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Fantasy Art Realm, Welcome

Rene Arreola fantasy art realm artistMy name is Rene Arreola. I am the creator and artist behind Fantasy Art Realm. My introduction to fantasy art came by way of an introduction to color class in college. Before I get into the story, I’ll preface all of this with by stating I’ve been reading and drawing comic book art since I was in the third grade. So going from comic books to fantasy isn’t all that big of a stretch.

I think it was sometime in the mid to late 90s when I left work in the commercial print field (the first time) to attend university. I’ve lived in California all my life and so that meant I gravitated toward a California State University. At that time in my life, I already amassed enough units at the junior college level to transfer to a California State University. So, I went ahead and made the jump. I’m glad I did, because I look back today and can say “I did it”. Or, at least I tried it. About a year later, I dropped out of college. No regrets, I did try it after all. But I didn’t like it. Life goes on!

But, while I was in college, I discovered fantasy art. And believe it or not, in came from a place I least expected it. One of the classes I had to take was an Color Theory Class. In this class, all us students painted swatches of grays, creating a 10-step value chart. After that, we would be tasked with painting a full grayscale painting.

Now, this class was held in what I think was a textiles class. I don’t quite recall, but there as machinery with like string or yarn attached and it all looked quite elaborate to a 2D artist like myself. This class was taught by an instructor who also taught this ‘textiles’ class. I did not see that this teacher ever painted, but no worries. She seemed to know her stuff, which was a lot more than I knew at the time. At any rate, we had a weekend to go out and find an artist we wanted to emulate. She said it could be any painter we wanted. Back in those days, there were still bookstores we like B. Dalton Books and Walden Books. I went to one of those and found a book by this artist named Boris Vallejo, “Fantasy Art Techniques”.

Remember, I was a comic book artist. To clarify that a bit more, here’s what I really mean: I was working on my own comic book sample pages and properties. I submitted artwork to Marvel and DC comics but I was never good enough for any mainstream work. Although I did get called back by a submissions editor at Marvel, and not once, but twice. But that’s a story for another blog post.

At any rate, back to the story at hand. Back to the bookstore with the fantasy art techniques book. For the first time, perhaps because of college-level color theory class, I was instantly drawn to the work by Boris Vallejo. I think it was because his work looked like it could be comic book art, just in a painted style. Vallejo’s beautifully painted, scantily-clad women and his impossibly shiny and buffed, bodybuilder he-mens caught my eye like a modern day comic book. Ahh, this was comic book art come to life!

I purchased the book on the spot. When I got home, I proceeded to paint my very first, fantasy art inspired subject:

fantasy art vase by Rene Arreola

This is my very first “fantasy art painting”.

I know, pretty “fantastic”, right? This was also the first time I painted in grayscale using acrylic paints. The assignment was to utilize the 10-step grayscale values we produced earlier in the semester in this painting. It was a challenge. While, I knew this was nothing like what I really wanted to paint, I felt somewhat accomplished as a painter. I felt this was a successful painting because it was nothing at all like anything I expected to paint. And, that interested me.

I painted previously, about 7 years earlier in junior college. But we used watercolor and gouache and never really felt inspired to continue painting beyond that. But there was always comic book art. 

Comic book art is still a large part of what I do. You can check out my realm-ethereal.com website to see what I’m currently working on. But as far as fantasy art goes, this is another aspect of art I create that really just makes my heart beat. Painting with color is different than drawing line art and adding color in my comics. Both are enormously fun for me, but each provides its own unique challenges.

For Fantasy Art Realm, I want keep it focused on my painting efforts. I see this website as becoming much more experimental as I move forward with creating more and more fantasy art. Time will tell what that will look like, but I view it as a constant shifting of ideas and purpose. But always with an eye toward creating colorful, exciting and intriguing art. 

Thanks for joining me on this journey into this fantasy art realm.

 

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