I loved the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman.
I didn’t like the movie though, but neither book nor overly hyped movie is the subject matter for this entry. It’s one of the themes used in the fantasy story; daemon. Or as I liked to call ‘em, identity spirits.
In the stories, Pullman extrapolates with the concept of an animalistic partner to the living world.
I liked the idea, I mean not as specific as to the author had written. I tend to get technical on my fantasy writings, right down to the origins of the energies supposedly used in casting.
I think daemons are energy entities that live alongside us, yes, even in the real world. They don’t have a biological structure or rather, they have a structure different to our own, but with the exception that they can manipulate their living state.
Meaning that as a human, I can’t make myself grow an extra finger in my hand at one minute and then lose it in the next minute (though at the slow pace of my typing, an extra finger might help immensely).
But spirits can.
For this week, I present a collection of really awesome spirit pictures by very talented artists.
Frost Spirit by Silvestris
I liked this one a lot for it’s very wintry feel. I imagine that many spirits with the energies of motion and alchemy gained power in the winter. In the deep and darkest of December, some would manifest into a visible form.
On another outlook, this stag kind of reminds me of an icy Patronus of the Harry Potter series. Hahaha, the artist’s Deviant Art had many, many more beautiful pictures like this, duly recommend you visit the site.
Wind Spirit by Blueley
Also another Deviant Art artist. This one holds a gallery of female models in fantasy settings. I liked this art because of its amazing detailing and symmetric contrasts of colours.
Angel of Mine by DrayokStar
By any standard, the artist’s art and his site is nothing amazing (kind of a small gallery). But this one I like it a lot because I had this idea once of a young girl trapped inside a deep catacomb.
She was rescued when her own reflection in the magical pool became a living entity. In return for being lead out of the deeps, the spirit becomes a part of her identity... with a price.
Spirit Rising by Christophe Vacher
Occasionally a Disney animator, Vacher is, was, and had always been one of my favourite artists. I fell in love with his piece called ‘The Gate’ and now I check regularly to his website for inspiration for ideas in goddess characters or concepts.
Check out his website; you might recognize his graceful hand in the art directing of Disney’s Enchanted movie.