In some ways I have always felt that one of the prerequisites for living in this world is the belief in another world of pure fantasy. For no matter how exciting or how dreary this tangible world may be that we all reside in together, it seems that most of us are pulled to create in our minds an alternate sphere of existence in which everything that we wish was possible actually is possible. I’ve never been much of a role player myself (the closest I ever came was with the Lone Wolf book series as a child), but I have always been intrigued by the concept of such things. WarHammer, Dungeons and Dragons, WOW… They are all fascinating and wondrous in their own unique ways, and I think they can teach us a little something about human nature and the need for freedom, escape, creative outlets and imagination.
As a child I had a cousin (his name is David), who was very active in these fantasy circles. I have vague and distant memory of sitting with him at a family gathering and watching in wonder as he showed me all of the books and devices that accompanied the game that was his latest obsession. Specifically, I was enamored with some multi-sided dice that my brain had never before imagined. I can’t for the life of me remember now what this specific game or series was, but I do remember that David offered to draw a character for me, an avatar, if you will. I was speechless, breathless with anticipation; David has always been a talented artist. The question was… What would I choose? An elf? A dwarf? A barbarian warrior? A wizened wizard? In the end I can’t even remember what form I decided upon, and I have no idea where that illustration is today, but I still remember the wonder associated with that idea of creating a character and residing in a whole new universe that is outside of our own. It’s quite an amazing feeling.
This brings us to the fantastic artwork that is on display today by Heather Sheppard. After seeing the Project Spotlight onCreaturemag.com, Heather emailed this picture and some accompanying information about this interesting wolven creature named Freki. As it turns out, Heather just happens to be an avid player of a roleplaying game called Changeling: The Lost (which just happens to be published by White Wolf, Inc.), and Freki is a Beast Kith character of hers.
The background that Heather offered for this amazing creature was very interesting and instantly drew me into this wonderful world of pure fantasy, but what I feel is even more amazing is the skill with which Heather was able to create this painting. There is a sense of drama that is present in this picture which shines through triumphantly, creating a work of art that is exciting and moving. You can almost hear Freki’s howl as she stands defiantly in the soft glow of the moonlight.
Incidentally, Heather has a number of other fantastic pieces which you can access at her website. Check out more of her work at dinobotillustration.com and prepare to be amazed.