Masters of Fantasy
Volume III (CD Rom)

Author: Various
RRP: US $14.95
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Masters of Fantasy is an annual digital publication which provides an arena for up and coming artists. The art is judged by a panel of well respected fantasy artists before inclusion...

I have to admit that I'm not a great fan of fantasy artwork, a genre I always felt had quite a restricted number of motifs, themes and styles - it always seems to be full of large breasted ladies wielding impossible large swords, so I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this particular genre holds a lot more diversity than I had at first thought.

So what do you get for you money, well if your feeling altruistic, you will be helping out some struggling young talent looking for an audience, and boy are their a lot of artists on this disc for you to browse, way too many to list individually. If you like fantasy art there are over three hundred and fifty pictures that you can look at. There is pretty much something for everybody here. The disc contains the usual fairies and large breasted women as well as some real oddities.

Navigation through the pictures is accomplished either by showing them as a slideshow or by browsing the individual thumb nailed pictures. The disc also contains the contact information for each of the artists, so you can email them to say how much you loved their stuff, or how much it sucked.

As an artists resource it's a good idea but I'm not sure just how wide a universal appeal it has, after all, if you're looking for wallpaper for your computer then there's more than enough free stuff on the net. Still, I guess that there is a market out there for discs of pretty pictures as this is Volume Three, personally I just can't see it, but if it floats your boat, you're getting a lot of art for a very reasonable remuneration.

Charles Packer