Takato Yamamoto's Fairy Tale Art
Here's a dose of art inspiration! I actually stumbled on Takato Yamamoto's work through The Long Hair Community when I saw someone in the forums with a really pretty icon. This turned out to be the Alice in Wonderland piece at the bottom of this post.
What I love about these paintings is a combination of their intricacy, fairy tale style, and muted colour palettes. Just to warn you ahead of a Google search for more of his work, Yamamoto uses a lot of gory, sexual, and bondage imagery. I prefer the more delicate and peaceful or slightly spooky images. My favourites are scenarios depicting dark forests. All of his work has a rich atmosphere, but the woodland scenes are especially captivating and play up elements of enchantment and mystery and darkness.
I have always loved fairy tales because they work on warped logic. Things are not what they seem, and everything can bend into something unexpected. Yamamoto's work captures that spirit with every line.