Home

Rendered Unreality

image by Veronica V. Jones

Olivier Ponsonnet

A purple-skinned alien woman wears an elaborate headdress. A languid woman with short black hair has a red stain on her lips. A mysterious man with a large facial tattoo stares intently.

Fantasy character creation is a delicate balance between reality and unreality. Too few fantasy aspects in a portrait can result in a drab, mundane creation, whereas too few familiar traits can render the work unapproachable and abstract. Olivier Ponsonnet exhibits masterful skill in avoiding these pitfalls while continuously exploring the interplay between imagination and realism.

His mysterious, introspective creations run the gamut from slightly askew to excitingly exotic, yet are always lavished with the intricate details required to imbue even the most extraordinarily implausible vision with weight and authenticity. Olivier’s seemingly ordinary character portraits are subtly otherworldly, while his fairies and spellcasters are as real as ourselves.

Mr. Ponsonnet provides no easy answers with his works, only beautiful questions.

Written by in September of 2008. Last edited September 2014.

Related Features

David Revoy

A young blond woman gazes at a large glowing sphere. A woman in a pink kimono gracefully wields a katana. A slender blond woman plays a spiders web like a harp in a golden forest. A little fairy crouches with a dead wasp at the end of her spear.

Kajsa Flinkfeldt

A raven-haired fairy wearing a white dress and golden flower gazes up and away. a dark haired fairy in a black dress sits and smiles with wings outstretched. A joyous fairy with multicolored hair plays a tune on her flute. A dark-haired man with large black wings is trapped. A dark-haired fairy in a gauzy dress in a reflective mood.

Laura Pelick

A large creature watches over a reading girl. A red-haired fairy bends over a pool of water. A lavender fairy conjurers a little magic.

Vampires Done Right in 30 Days of Night

Josh Hartnett in 30 Days of Night. Melissa George in 30 Days of Night. Danny Huston in 30 Days of Night. Megan Franich in 30 Days of Night.

Linda Tso

A young blond woman in a white dress stands in a sunlit field A dark-haired woman stands seductively near hanging lamps a young woman with white hair and a bright blue dress A young woman with long white hair stands in front of a gloomy sky A young woman with long black hair rides a horse in winter.

Comments

Be the first to comment!