|3. Illustrating Fables and Legends
Painters have been doing this for ever - from cave painters to artists
at the end of the 20th Century. Sadly there is little of it today but...
this gives the versatile and patient painter an excellent chance to fill
To understand the importance of such paintings as Gerome's 'Police Verso',
shown above, one only needs to understand that the whole visual feel and
detail of the very successful 'Gladiators' movie was, according to the
director Ridley Scott, based entirely around such 1890's work. It is a
shame Gerome is not around to claim his legacy. Someone who was however
is H R Giger whose paintings and drawings were the inspiration for Scott's
'Alien' movies. These works in turn related back to Goya and Blake's 19th
century gothic works.
Others might include:
You should look toward your imagination and try and paint such paintings
or perhaps marrying such legends (St.George) to modern events as allegories
as I have done with 'Perils of a Chemical Life' below. It is good practice
to be working on one or two of such paintings in the background to your
usual commissioned or current work.
Any Shakespearean theme
St. George and the Dragon
The Pied Piper
The Homeric Epics
The Old Man and the Sea.
Any of the Myths of the Gods.