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When Sci-fi meets Fantasy by TARGETE When Sci-fi meets Fantasy by TARGETE
I wrote an article on my blog about the genres of Sci-fi and fantasy and what I like about them. I wanted to create an illustration just for my own pleasure that depicted the two genres meeting one another literally. You can check out the article here

and feel free to post your thoughts and ideas on the subject, which do you like the best Sci-fi or Fantasy?

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N0b1eRebe1 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2015  Student General Artist
You made this!? I love this pic!
Tomolan Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Really nice.
JFaith Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist
I love the concept of this! And your technique is simply stunning. I love the look of awe and wonder, and maybe of curiosity that can be found in everyone's expressions. *_* I do like both genres, but fantasy has always been my go-to as a child. Excellent work! ^_^
vezun Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2014
dedmonky Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2014  Professional Filmographer
amazing work. 
RKingArt Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Great image, love it! :D
levitan71 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
i like both :)
CrypticDissent Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013
I think your "fantasy" images are closer to the truth of all the various creatures throughout the universe. Your style is lovely.
6nillion Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
You know, I read in a book once (The name of the book escapes me) That sci-fi is stories of the mind, and Fantasy is stories of the heart.

Wonderful picture by the way.
tbonegirl28 Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Idk why Sci Fi and fantasy are different... Well. I mean I do know, but I often find them so close together sometimes that it would be hard to separate them. I will definitely pick Sci Fi over fantasy tho because, well, space! Wonderful piece tho! Really quite fantastic and shows the different pieces without having it be obvious. :)
Liketheisland Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Fantasy is cool but I personally prefer sci-fi since it tends to have more of a social satire aspect that I like. Also, it allows us to safely explore the possible consequences of future technologies without necessarily fucking things up in real life. I find that sci-fi is easier to relate to; a lot of the stories have some sort of direct connection to our world. It's better at making you think. And I completely agree that people should research some actual mythology and apply it to their fantasy stories to make them more interesting, instead of just ripping off Tolkien.
randomeye713 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
I like both, which is why I like Warhammer 40,000 because it has intergalactic warfare alongside warp-magic. I often times think (and i'm sure it's been confirmed) that WH40k incorporated every timeless concept from popular fiction in the 1980's to 90's. Also the entire warhammer franchise is the illegitimate father of a couple of popular games like warcraft, starcraft and halo
And looking at your art gallery I can say that you have un-officially made a lot of artwork that would fit comfortably into warhammer 40k's style.
DanteLosGatos Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I always love the Idea of these two genre's cossing over to one another great work
sErgEantaEgis Featured By Owner May 28, 2012
I prefer sci-fi personally. Fantasy seems to be overrun with cliché works... (not that all fantasy is bad of course).
Kerevon Featured By Owner May 11, 2012
I'm of the opinion that Sci-Fi usually either focuses on the Science part or the Fiction part. I think it's at it's best when it focuses on the Fiction part but makes sure to make the Science part plausible enough that you can see how it works (if you weren't so interested in what the characters are doing). Either way, the fun part of Sci-Fi is that it doesn't usually imagine a world your brain tells you is impossible; instead, it shows a world that is plausible enough that you can't help but feel that it may be possible, while still adding in the wonder and strangeness of fantasy.

Fantasy, on the other hand, should just be where the mind runs wild. Again, you can focus on the characters or focus solely on the fantastic aspects. Oddly enough, I find that if you focus on the characters it's actually MORE important to have a stable world with hard-set rules than if you were focusing on said fantasy world. It's kinda hard to focus if everything can shift at a moment's notice, whereas if the shifting is the point you don't mind so much.

Either way, I kinda lean Sci-Fi. If I could actually write well (most attempts at writing fiction for me seem to end up either becoming essays or dialogues), I would love to create a fantasy world with slight hints that tell the reader that said fantasy world is actually sci-fi, but it wouldn't actually be a major plot point.

In any case, this piece is phenomenally beautiful.
Lil-Biskette Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
loooooveeeee this!!!
TheNightmareCooper Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Blah Blah! Just enjoy the art.

Science Fiction is a type of Fantasy!

And Fantasy can be put into Science Fiction, all said and done.
KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
To me, it's very easy for the two genres to meld and become interchangeable. Fantasy often tries to explain magic as some kind of science. And I like to design mythological creatures in anatomically and scientifically minded ways. I guess the most immediately notable difference would be time period. Sci-fi is generally futuristic and fantasy is usually medieval. But what would you call it when a story that takes place in the future features creatures, characters and themes normally deemed to be fantastical, but their existence is explained logically via sci-fi?
ilvos01 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012  Hobbyist
I enjoy how they're not clashing, and are more intertwined in such a way that they seem like one genre. Which, arguably, they are.
Soul-Daemon Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome, reminds me of lynch's vision of Dune
silverorbix1989 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011
sum really great wrk
asylumdaz Featured By Owner Oct 19, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
scifinity Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I found this using a specific search for "Sci-fi meets Fantasy". It's a concept I want to cover in my website relaunch. Tried the link to your blog article but it didn't work for me. Would love to read it though. Great work!
surthur Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Its hard to make it seperate.. why should fantasy avoid the law of gravity ? why should scifi not embrace the idea of entities capable of energy manipulation ?
I love the blends more then the seperate genres..
Spacer63 Featured By Owner May 25, 2011   Writer
LOVE It..... And I really like the article. You have a great style.
ViolentSensations Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student General Artist
someone teached me that sci-fi is the "free from rules" fantasy, and I think he's right, couse sci-fi is an open and veiled universe (more psychologic, introspective, there's allways a reaserch in it, not allways a good ending), while fantasy is closed and reveled from the start (the hero do this and that for his god, for the glory and for the love, killing evils gods and his demons and reach the power to save the world in an extremelly cool way, and things have to go this way, and if evil wins, that will mean it's a prelude for the coming of a new hero)
oh! and there's the battle between magic and sience, as fantasy don't use technology, but sort of golem machines who canalize the power of the magic, while sci-fi is pure sience as we know it plus lots of immaginations and i think a little bit of hope.

btw, from my view, storyes like star wars are a nice example of sci-fi+fantasy, may be taht's the secret of his succes :)
Buckwolfe Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Hopefully you think of it as a major compliment, like it's meant to be, but that four legged, semi reptilian archer chick sorta vaguely reminds me of this one Iain McCaig illustration. Can't remember the title, but I know that it's in his Shadowline book.

The centaurish theme, muted colors, and smooth gesture just kinda reminded me of it.
Cort-Ellyn Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
I write fantasy, so I guess I prefer it. I love the stunned faces and postures you've painted here. Great job.
Treyos Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I'm rather fond of both, though I tend more towards fantasy when I'm writing. I've actually been working on a story involving a lot of elements from both, lately, called The Plague. Check it out if you have the time and gumption. :) [link] Quite a bit different than the scenario you've depicted here, though.
BUtifulDeath Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very cool. I really like how everyone involved looks mildly alarms and vaguely confused. Likely like some nerds would look at this. "OMG YOU GOT MY WARCRAFT IN MA STARCRAFT GETITOUTGETITOUT!!!!!
dana-redde Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Many people would say that the Star Wars-esque sci-fi with space ships and weird aliens is in fact more akin to fantasy than "true" sci-fi, which is based in science and often has some sort of point to make about our actual world. I don't worry too much about that kind of thing, I just want a good story! My favorite are stories that sort of blend the two, such as urban fantasy. I much prefer that to "high fantasy" (aka anything with elves, ugh). The midieval and Tolkien rip-offs have been done to death, but I can't get enough of China Mieville's "weird fiction," which blends speculative fiction with police states and bug people and trans-dimensional travel and all sorts of amazing things.
TARGETE Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
Great comments everyone. I will probably dwell deeper into the subject. It's alot of fun to mix both genres.
nagualjulian Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011
I'm starting a D&D campaign where the players believe the world is classic fantasy --but will soon realise that the story is actually a science-fiction (Clarke's law: any sufficiently advanced technology is synonymous with magic?). The "gods" and magic are actually manifestations of an infinately complex, self-perpetuating quantum phenomena transmitted from another dimension...:blahblah:
Nothu Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
beautiful Illustration =3
rk87 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Love the piece ... especially the giant's expression! It makes me wonder about the story behind it. :)
I like both genres and all of their offshoots (cyberpunk, weird tales, fairy tales, etc). I'm into science fiction alot more these days because fantasy has been rather disappointing to me, and I feel like more original stuff has been coming out of science fiction, not to mention the issues they present seem more relevant to the real world.
But I still haven't given up hope for fantasy yet. The only gripe I have about the genre is how it's restricted to Tolkienesque mythology (the whole elves, dwarves, and orcs thing). Tolkien was influential, but he was be inspired by Norse/Celtic? mythology while building his world. I think the fantasy genre could grow once people don't restrict themselves to Tolkienesque stuff but be inspired by other mythologies too.
TARGETE Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2011  Professional General Artist
I couldn't agree with you more, about the Tolkienesque mythology. There is so much more that could be explored even in our own cultures like easter cultures, African gods, native american etc. But most of all something thats just not been done before.

HyenaTeeth Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That'd be a tough call. I like them both really well. :) I've read/seen a few things that blend the elements from both. Pretty neat, as well.

On the artwork, this is really awesome. I particularly love the body of the fantasy creature. I'd call it a centaur, but the body structure of the animal half isn't quite the same. It's really cool, kinda predatory. Love the pose on it. I'd be fascinated to read a book about what's happening here.
MissDudette Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Yeah, I think I prefer fantasy over sci-fi. Sci-fi is usually in the future, which has the reader assume that world has already seen world wars and all the different ideas and philosophies that have come about in RL. Not to mention the technology needed to create different stuff in sci-fi. Sci-fi is much more complex, in all its apects.

Fantasy really isn't. Things are simple; you don't have to go through court h3ll when some druggie attempts to kill you ut in the street.
protrahere Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Fantasy FTW!
Malla13 Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
As a big fan of both genres, this painting is incredibly intriguing. :) I think my favorite part is the expression on the sci-fi giant in the background. He's so startled!
YikYik Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
Fantasy is the best in my opinion but there's a lot of great sci-fi out there too. Sci-fi is generally based on the real life of us humans here on earth only set in a more or less distant future. Sometimes with aliens sometimes without... it can be cool. But fantasy is more interesting to me in most cases as they're more flexible. There's urban-, modern-, sci-fi-and high-fantasy as well as other mixes and it's more often about "people" while pure sci-fi tends to be more about the worlds, or universe/s or something where the story takes place. Fantasy feels more personal and I guess that's why I like it more. At large. I like both though. Also, cool picture! :)
Brollonks Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Professional Digital Artist

I think "Fantasy" is what the word describes, "our own imagination, our fantasy", we have to use it for science fiction as well. I mean, for me, fantasy and science fiction are nearly the same thing. The only difference seems to be that scifi is showing future visions (vehicles, creatures from another planets, etc.) and fantasy seems to be based more on middle ages (dragons, creatures from legends, knights, "primitive weapons" like swords). But both needs our imagination.

Shortly said, I like fantasy and scifi the same - and I love mixing it, as I think there is no real difference between both genres. Dragons could be aliens as well, or as you wrote aliens could be mythological gods.

I'm glad you are able taking your time to create art for your personal visions.


- David
ibdriven Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Ryuuhiken Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011  Student Filmographer
doesn't sci-fi in some form qualify as fantasy? I mean certainly they are each genres, but many sci-fi stories delve into fantasy styled events and entities. If I had to choose Id say sci-fi BTW (giant robots are just too cool)
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