To get where he is now, Durandal stoked a little fire inside of himself that grew and grew until it consumed him fully. That fire revealed itself to be a passion for art, and a desire to express his thoughts and perspective in a subtle manner, for the keen eye to pick up on; to compress a thousand words into an image. Durandal also wanted to draw kick-ass monsters, broody anti-heroes, epic knights, sexy women...stuff like that.
Dylan "Durandal" Safford currently lives in Gardner, Massachusetts, working and having studied at Mount Wachusett Community College. He studied art under Prof. John Pacheco, Prof. Thomas Matsuda, and Prof. Joyce Miller.
This website, created by Daarken, hosts a wide range of manageable, consecutive tutorials that will bring you from a beginner digital artist to one with a good standing. This website appeared right when I began learning digital, and it helped me immensely.
I uploaded my collection of artwork from Old Masters to Modern artists into a rar folder. It's about 8gbs with 758 artists and nearly 45,000 images.
James Gurney's "Color and Light: A Guide for the Realist Painter" is a very extensive lesson on color theory. It is a great resource for checking exactly how light affects color, depicted in all sorts of widely ranged and vastly different scenarios. There is no better book on color and light. Period.
If you're looking for textures, look no further. There's an immense collection of textures here that will be sure to fit whatever you need. The majority of the textures I've downloaded have come from this site. All large samples, all high-quality.
"Not Just and Armor, Nor Just a Knight" is a tumblr that frequently adds images of armor and armor-inspired images, real or fantasy. There is a torrent of design here, with historical influence. Whenever I need a quick shot of armor-goodness, I go here.
Tobias Capwell's "Masterpieces of European Arms and Armour in the Wallace Collection" is a beautiful book that makes a great desk companion for fans of weapons and armor. It ranges from medieval times to the 18th century, and shows off the collection's best with finely-detailed images and descriptions. Not only is it a good visual resource, but reading the book will give you a decent foundation in the history of arms and armor, and will be sure to give your fantasy work more historical accuracy. Overall, beautiful and thorough.
Ok, so this resource is actually a board that I created, but it may help you. I update it all the time with random images I find of interesting clothing designs that could be used to inspire clothing or armor.
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