Admirers of fantasy and science-fiction art will no doubt already be familiar with Julie Bell’s name. She’s had over five hundred works of art published for the purposes of illustration and marketing since she began working in 1990, including the cover...
Article taken from Issue #37 || Winter 2016 Print || Digital Text and Photography by Paul Himmelein Rembrandt van Rijn, Frans Hals, Jan Vermeer—think back to the days of the old Dutch Masters, when cultured men and women of the Netherlands dressed in somber...
“Hand With Pearls and Lover’s Eyes” 7x5 inches, oil on panel © Fatima Ronquillo, 2017

In A Lover’s Eye

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For the Outlander television series, costume designer Terry Dresbach created an ensemble for Geillis Duncan that included a brooch containing Bonnie Prince Charlie’s eye as a secret sign of her political allegiance to the Jacobite cause. As Dresbach explains it,...
Fairies are notorious for tricking folks into making bad decisions. (See Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream: transformations, potions, falling in love with jackasses.) So it’s natural that hucksters, peddling their own magic and illusions, would people their ads with pixies. Ever...
Annie Stegg

Visions of Enchantment

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A dragon-like sea monster rears above a ship, terrifying in its unleashed rage, yet beautiful—delicate scales, a sinuous grace to its form. A maiden cautiously steps into a fairy ring, her garments diaphanous, her expression concerned. Around her, fées, elves, and...
  Article taken from Issue #33 || Winter 2015 Print || Digital Century Studios, based out of Saint Paul, Minnesota, may not have been in business as long as their would indicate, but their intricate stained glass creations bring to mind the jewel-like pieces...
Austin artist Darla Teagarden brings magic realism literally to light in the medium of photography, leaving the viewer intrigued, wonderfully tantalized—one might even say spellbound—by her darkly cinematic and playfully animistic imagery. Inspired, in her words, by “old world children’s...
Lilacs were not supposed to bloom in July, that was a simple botanical fact, at least it had been until now. Girls in the neighborhood had begun to whisper that if you kissed the boy you loved beneath the...
They are ethereal. Supple and airy, with an almost Erté-like fluidity and grace. But the goddesses that Stephanie Law paints also have an earthy majesty the father of Art Deco never bestowed upon his creations. These are powerful women, potent...
Have you ever felt the sudden jolt of bliss that accompanies the discovery of a hidden secret? This feeling drives treasure hunters of all kinds, deep-sea divers and junkyard pickers alike, to keep searching. Imagine, then, the excitement and thrill...