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  • Sword and sorcery architecture

    Hi,

    I'm not sure if this belongs on the art or book forums. In the sword and sorcery genre there is a very unique architecture has anyone else noticed this? Like on the covers of Elric and Conan novels. Is there a name for this type of architecture?

  • #2
    Fantastic architecture? Not sure what specific covers you are referring to. If you are interested in fictive or utopian architecture in general I can warmly recommend the book Film Architecture: From Metropolis to Blade Runner published in 1996. It has a lot of awesome images and the essays in it are thoughtful and well written.

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    • #3
      In the notes to The Making of a Sorcerer Mike says he wanted a native American feel to the architecture. Other Sword and Sorcery goes for a kind of medieval feel. The Conan stories range across the world so you have Egyptian stuff or other African stuff. I always found Rodney Matthews covers for Moorcock books had an interesting architectural feel, especially his blue Tanelorn
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Sir Sorcerer View Post
        Fantastic architecture? Not sure what specific covers you are referring to. If you are interested in fictive or utopian architecture in general I can warmly recommend the book Film Architecture: From Metropolis to Blade Runner published in 1996. It has a lot of awesome images and the essays in it are thoughtful and well written.
        I was thinking of the micheal whelan covers

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        • #5
          From Michael Whelan's artist statement:

          Stylistically my art is best described as “Imaginative Realism”. Most closely allied to the scope and feeling of what is referred to as contemporary “Visionary Art”, my gallery art is intentionally imbued with a strong sense of the mystical or dreamlike, and is suffused with symbolic content. There is a deliberate attempt to invest the image with layers of meaning while having an immediate subjective or emotional impression.

          Based on that I think I would describe his architecture as "imaginative" or "visionary".

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          • #6
            All that matters is that some architecture is designed around ruby thrones. 😂

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            • #7
              I have high hopes for the upcoming Hawkmoon television series re the architectural aspect of the far future world of The Eternal Champion : perhaps a mix of the Medieval Gothic styles with everything Baroque and whimsical plus a touch of Brutalism as well. One can only hope that every attention to these sort of details is wielded to correctly frame the epic sweep of one of my favorite Moorcockian sagas. I still find the conclusion at the end of book seven - ' The Quest For Tanelorn' to be genuinely mind-blowing!🤩
              Last edited by Kymba334; 10-06-2020, 09:34 PM.
              Mwana wa simba ni simba

              The child of a lion is also a lion - Swahili Wisdom

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Kymba334 View Post
                I have high hopes for the upcoming Hawkmoon television series re the architectural aspect of the far future world of The Eternal Champion : perhaps a mix of the Medieval Gothic styles with everything Baroque and whimsical plus a touch of Brutalism as well. One can only hope that every attention to these sort of details is wielded to correctly frame the epic sweep of one of my favorite Moorcockian sagas. I still find the conclusion at the end of book seven - ' The Quest For Tanelorn' to be genuinely mind-blowing!🤩
                I have high hopes for this as well. If they can get the tone of the storytelling right, visually and otherwise, it could be great. Especially with that ending.

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