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ImagineFX: Sci-fi & Fantasy Art magazine - - Contents -

Lo­ca­tion: Australia

Web: www.tara-phillips.com

Email: tara.c.phillips@gmail.com

ME­DIA: Pho­to­shop

More of­ten that not, you'll find Tara hunched at her desk work­ing on a dig­i­tal por­trait or two with a cup of tea and a sound­track play­ing in the back­ground.

“I find in­spi­ra­tion from a lot of dif­fer­ent ar­eas,” she says. “Photography, films, books, 18th and 19th cen­tury paint­ings, or even some­times just from an adventure out­doors.”

She started out as a tra­di­tional artist, but be­came cap­ti­vated by the flex­i­ble world of tablets. The free­lance illustrator loves to play with what she calls “nat­u­ral su­per­nat­u­ral­ism” in her works, evok­ing the sur­real, mys­tery, nos­tal­gia and re­flec­tion through clas­si­cal im­agery.

1 THE TAX­MAN “This was in­spired by the TV se­ries, True De­tec­tive. I re­ally wanted to rep­re­sent the dark and raw at­mos­phere of the show. I love dou­ble-ex­po­sure images, so it was great to add a sim­i­lar aes­thetic here. Oh, and as chaotic as all that fo­liage may look, it was ac­tu­ally quite re­lax­ing to paint!”

2 BRUNHILD “This is my con­tem­po­rary spin on a shield maiden from Ger­manic mythol­ogy. I’ve al­ways been drawn to fem­i­nine strength, and Brün­hild’s char­ac­ter and back­story seem to em­u­late just that. For the look and feel of the art­work, I wanted to cap­ture her strength and in­ten­sity, but also chan­nel the soft­ness that you get in a lot of Re­nais­sance por­traits.”

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