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Shadowscapes: Stephanie Pui-Mun Law

Posted in art with tags on May 27, 2009 by inspirexpire
Memory of Divinity

Memory of Divinity

Shadowscapes is the portfolio website of Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, an incredible artist and illustrator. Stephanie focuses on depicting fantasy scenes and creatures, working mostly in luminous, multi-layered watercolours. I’ve been following her progress for close on 10 years now, and am constantly amazed at what she is able to achieve with such a difficult medium. The detail she packs into each piece is impressive.

I’ve always been more than a little “anti” watercolours. I think a lot of it has to do with the subject matter most watercolour artists choose – landscapes leave me cold, cold, cold – but it’s also the way the paint behaves: so fluid and loose and uncontrolled. When I draw or paint it’s usually highly-detailed, executed with a mechanical pencil, ink drafting pens or 000 paint brushes. Nothing loose or fluid about that!

Lately though, I’ve had the urge to paint.

With watercolours.

No one is more shocked than me! So I’ve done the only logical thing and ordered Stephanie’s painting guide, “Dreamscapes”. Stephanie’s ink drawings are equally beautiful and I am eagerly awaiting my copy of “Inklings” that I ordered along with “Dreamscapes”. And now there’s “Inklings II”!

Shadowscapes Tarot: Temperance

Shadowscapes Tarot: Temperance

What I am most excited about is the release of the “Shadowscapes Tarot” sometime… whenever! The paintings are exquisite, capturing the meanings of the cards in a style and manner that is very true to the Shadowscapes world, while still remaining faithful to the tarot tradition. I’ll definitely need to buy 2 decks: one to look at touch and examine hundreds of times until the cards wear out, and another to frame. I don’t know how the details of each piece are going to translate onto small cards, but hopefully whoever manufactures the deck will have enough experience to do them justice.

Whether you’re a fan of watercolour or fantasy art or not, I highly recommend spending an hour… or two… or three… browsing through the many enchanting pieces in the Shadowscapes galleries [most are available for purchase as prints – good luck choosing a favourite!].
It might just change your mind.