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Fan Art Spotlight - May 2016

Posted May 23rd, 2016 at 10:48 AM by HS Codex

From the Desk of a Frostrager
A fan art spotlight
Author: Evar Scarcarver

I am known among my friends and family as being very a rational and detail-oriented person, to a fault. I am constantly overlooking what should be obvious social cues and implications, all too often only taking into account the hard facts of a situation.

When it comes to art, I use my cold logic to my advantage: analyzing my favorite artists, reading about the philosophies and ideas behind different art, and incorporating practice into my daily routine. But sometimes you need to take a moment and ignore the details of something, and just look at it for what it is. Simplify: itís something Iíve been trying to do more.

I noticed Iíve been extremely critical of all kinds of art lately; watching movies, Iíve been analyzing the cinematography and thinking about the sound design, which is a good exercise, but sometimes I really should just be caught up in the beautiful story the movie is telling with the tools instead of analyzing the tools themselves.

Take this monthís spotlight: the piece titled Heroscape: Deadeye Dan drawn by DeviantArt user DWestmoore.

While it is fineógood evenóto acknowledge or study the clean line work and good use of flow to draw the eyes across the forms, or the way Krug, normally an imposing figure on a battlefield, is pushed to the edge of the page by the sniperís feet.

It is well-meaning to the artist to notice and consider how he achieved the cocky, victorious look of Deadeye Dan, a physically weak sniper who has just taken out a monstrous troll through the power of patience and practice; the relaxed posture, the smug grin, the confident but nonchalant way he holds his rifle, even the cigarette he has lit to celebrate his kill. It all comes together, whether it be through careful planning and study of body language, or through weathered artistís instinct, to give Dan a personality etched onto this simple drawing.

While this analysis is a viable way to consume art, sometimes instead of jumping into analyzing the skill and practice that goes into every mark of the pencil, I need to step back and just admire a piece of art for what it is. This is an awesome drawing of a sniper having achieved victory over an evil troll. It doesnít have to be complicated, it just is. And itís a great piece of art.

Iíve been trying to do this in real life too; often I will overthink the reasons why I should be enjoying life right now, instead of just stepping back and basking in the little moments. Itís an interesting habit to try to adopt, especially considering how different it is from my default way of looking at things.

My love for thinking about things is one of the reasons I get into ĎScape so much; thereís levels upon levels of strategy to think about for every one of the numberless variations on the game, then add in the rich but open lore, and the ability customize and add to both, and I could think about HeroScape nonstop, all week. And I have, once or twice, to the detriment of my schoolwork and to the annoyance of my family.

But sometimes I just need to take a longer view and look at this great game in simple terms: HeroScape is an awesome game, with an awesome community that makes it all the better. It can be that simple.

And Iíll just leave it at that.


You can find more from DWestmoore at his DeviantArt page.
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