PULL THE VIEWER INTO YOUR PAINT­ING the viewer into your paint­ing

Dis­cover how BROM uses el­e­ments of con­trast, light­ing and de­tail to in­tro­duce the viewer to a char­ac­ter from Lost Gods, his lat­est il­lus­trated novel

ImagineFX - - Artist Insight | Rhythm And Shape - BROM Brom says he’s long been ob­sessed with the cre­ation of the weird, the mon­strous and the beau­ti­ful. Work­ing in books, games, comics and films, he’s achieved this goal and more be­sides. You can ex­pe­ri­ence more of his art at www.bro­mart.com.

Some­where in my early 30s my love of paint­ing be­gan to wane. I found the cover work that I was do­ing to be repet­i­tive and con­fin­ing. I longed for more cre­ative con­trol and craved a ve­hi­cle to show­case my own char­ac­ters and sit­u­a­tions.

I’ve al­ways con­sid­ered my­self a sto­ry­teller, whether through pic­tures or words, so the com­bi­na­tion of the two seemed a nat­u­ral pro­gres­sion. I dug out some of the sto­ries I’d out­lined over the years and started peck­ing away at them. My ob­ses­sive­ness took over and the prose be­gan to flow. Soon I couldn’t wait to paint the char­ac­ters and set­tings that I was writ­ing about.

In­ter­est­ingly, my time spent de­vel­op­ing sto­ries on the page revitalised my en­thu­si­asm for paint­ing. I’ve found that the two dis­ci­plines feed off one an­other, that I love the cre­ative back-and­forth that bring­ing a story to life in two medi­ums can pro­vide.

Now, some 20 years and five il­lus­trated nov­els later, I’ve just com­pleted my lat­est, Lost Gods, which is due out in the sum­mer of 2016 from HarperCollins. This is Lord Kashaol, one of the char­ac­ters from Lost Gods. In this por­trait I use a range of paint­ing tech­niques and el­e­ments to draw in the viewer, lead­ing them to dis­cover the sub­tle de­tails.

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