Thursday, August 11, 2011
Dungeonspiration: John Martin
One of the guys who I chase with dragons on the weekends turned me on to an artist named John Martin. Martin was active in the first half of the 19th century. His paintings are epic. Not in the way that The Boy uses the word. Martin's vision was BIG, his scale HUGE, and his topics LEGENDARY. He painted pictures of places where D&D characters should be travelling to.
As well as a painter, Martin was a fencing master, an engraver, and an amateur sewer engineer. He hung around scientists, engineers, and science fiction writers, played chess, and experimented with mezzotint technology. Okay, let's cut to the chase. The dude was a glorious English nerd-boy and geek extraordinaire.
The scenes John Martin painted and engraved just amaze me, and get my mind going at 90 miles an hour. I want to design D&D adventures to fit these images. Go chase his stuff down on Google. I bet you will too.