Fantasy environments are perhaps the most challenging of all types of CG environments. Traditional fantasy works combine realistic settings with surrealistic touches. Unlike sci-fi, where the primary driver is technological progress, fantasy focuses on the romantic side of existence, bending and shaping ancient objects into new forms or adding a hint of the unbelievable to otherwise mundane settings.

Where a fantasy environment is set is entirely up to the artist. There are no hard and fast choices like the distant future or "a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away." Modern developments like steampunk show that fantasy is still developing and pushing its own boundaries in regards to where it can be set. Whether it's 19th century industrial factories or 7th century battlefields, fantasy environments are as diverse as they are unique. Though the cliche fantasy environment is the green pasture of some hilly region (think LOTR), fantasy environments can come close to breaching category barriers and cross over into sci-fi or realism territory.

The key to most fantasy environments is grandiosity. The superb works listed below have one common denominator: they aren't constrained to a room or a city or a planet. If there is a theme in a fantasy work, that theme is visible and pervasive in every element contained within it. Magical forests, unruly seas, and enormous castles are just some of the interesting and vibrant fantasy environments you can find.

Reaching Out, Soenke Maeter

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=121&t=671030
Reaching Out, Soenke Maeter
— Reaching Out, Soenke Maeter —
 

"Priceless Friends", Y.Soner Yurtseven

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=121&t=563146
"Priceless Friends", Y.Soner Yurtseven
— "Priceless Friends", Y.Soner Yurtseven —
 

Rock Iron Town, Franck lefrancois

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=825004
Rock Iron Town, Franck lefrancois
— Rock Iron Town, Franck lefrancois —
 

10 Yard to the future ( Game art UT3), Baolong Zhang

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=824923
10 Yard to the future ( Game art UT3), Baolong Zhang
— 10 Yard to the future ( Game art UT3), Baolong Zhang —
 

Empire In My Mind, Kerem Gogus

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=824713
Empire In My Mind, Kerem Gogus
— Empire In My Mind, Kerem Gogus —
 

the perfect storm, benoit Patterlini

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=821035
the perfect storm, benoit Patterlini
— the perfect storm, benoit Patterlini —
 

Notre Dame de Paris :Growing by myself 2, Olivier Defaye

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=820428
Notre Dame de Paris :Growing by myself 2, Olivier Defaye
— Notre Dame de Paris :Growing by myself 2, Olivier Defaye —
 

Towards the wind, Marco Rolandi

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=615095
Towards the wind, Marco Rolandi
— Towards the wind, Marco Rolandi —
 

The Station, Marcelo Eder Cunha

http://www.3dtotal.com/getgalleryitem.php?cat=fantasy&id=3163
The Station, Marcelo Eder Cunha"
— The Station, Marcelo Eder Cunha" —
 

Welt 1 , Frank Meinl

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=431260
Welt 1 , Frank Meinl
— Welt 1 , Frank Meinl —
 

Steam City, Stefan Morrell

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=791432
Steam City, Stefan Morrell
— Steam City, Stefan Morrell —
 

Golden Moment, Ricky Linton

http://www.3dtotal.com/getgalleryitem.php?cat=fantasy&id=3075
Golden Moment, Ricky Linton"
— Golden Moment, Ricky Linton" —
 

Power #5: watering desert plants

http://www.oyonale.com/image.php?code=715&mode=info&section=2004&lang=en
Power #5: watering desert plants"
— Power #5: watering desert plants" —
 

Late again

http://www.oyonale.com/image.php?code=613&mode=info&section=2002&lang=en
Late again"
— Late again" —
 

Vox tempus album cover

http://www.oyonale.com/image.php?code=752&mode=info&section=2002&lang=en
Vox tempus album cover"
— Vox tempus album cover" —
 

Untitled, Ognian Bonev

http://www.3dtotal.com/getgalleryitem.php?cat=fantasy&id=2900
Untitled, Ognian Bonev"
— Untitled, Ognian Bonev" —
 

Wooden World, Alexandr Melentiev

http://www.3dtotal.com/getgalleryitem.php?cat=fantasy&id=2593
Wooden World, Alexandr Melentiev"
— Wooden World, Alexandr Melentiev" —
 

Fantasy Forest, Wei Wei Hua

http://www.3dtotal.com/getgalleryitem.php?cat=fantasy&id=2830
Fantasy Forest, Wei Wei Hua"
— Fantasy Forest, Wei Wei Hua" —
 

Above The Heaven, Mitiuc Alexander

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=214514
Above The Heaven, Mitiuc Alexander
— Above The Heaven, Mitiuc Alexander —
 

The Valley, Stefan Morrell

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=413780
The Valley, Stefan Morrell
— The Valley, Stefan Morrell —
 

Orc, Peter Zoppi

http://www.3dtotal.com/getgalleryitem.php?cat=fantasy&id=2472
Orc, Peter Zoppi"
— Orc, Peter Zoppi" —
 

War Of The Worlds - Men Hunting, Robert Czarny

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=321801
War Of The Worlds - Men Hunting, Robert Czarny
— War Of The Worlds - Men Hunting, Robert Czarny —
 

Life Elixier, PETER HOFMANN

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=391703
Life Elixier, PETER HOFMANN
— Life Elixier, PETER HOFMANN —
 

North Star Castle, Arseniy Chebynkin

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=756060
North Star Castle, Arseniy Chebynkin
— North Star Castle, Arseniy Chebynkin —
 

Defend Garth , Ruidan Lv

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=635527
Defend Garth , Ruidan Lv
— Defend Garth , Ruidan Lv —
 

Stalactite Inc., Tobias Trebeljahr

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?t=481300
Stalactite Inc., Tobias Trebeljahr
— Stalactite Inc., Tobias Trebeljahr —
 

Breeding Season, Vitya

http://wallpapers.ru/cgi-bin/arty3/forum/show.cgi?m=box&id=135689
Breeding Season, Vitya"
— Breeding Season, Vitya" —
 

Myth of the 'Floating Islands', Khalid A. Al-Muharraqi

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=407099
Myth of the
— Myth of the —
 

Forgotten Kingdom, Jaroslaw Handrysik

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=237547
Forgotten Kingdom, Jaroslaw Handrysik
— Forgotten Kingdom, Jaroslaw Handrysik —
 

Berth Of A New Don, Khalid Al-muharraqi

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=199427
Berth Of A New Don, Khalid Al-muharraqi
— Berth Of A New Don, Khalid Al-muharraqi —
 

The Walled City, Stefan Morrell

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=404807
The Walled City, Stefan Morrell
— The Walled City, Stefan Morrell —
 

Door Of Eternity, George Pourikas

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=712609
Door Of Eternity, George Pourikas
— Door Of Eternity, George Pourikas —
 

Extreme Frigidity, He Sun

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=352621
Extreme Frigidity, He Sun
— Extreme Frigidity, He Sun —
 

Water Mill ( Game Art), Baolong Zhang

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=789275
Water Mill ( Game Art), Baolong Zhang
— Water Mill ( Game Art), Baolong Zhang —
 

The Gold Light Of Morning, Stefan Morrell

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=636383
The Gold Light Of Morning, Stefan Morrell
— The Gold Light Of Morning, Stefan Morrell —
 

Deep in the woods, Amberland Sebastian Storz

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=724965
Deep in the woods, Amberland Sebastian Storz
— Deep in the woods, Amberland Sebastian Storz —
 

A Palace In The Moutains, Meng De Cai

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=321535
A Palace In The Moutains, Meng De Cai
— A Palace In The Moutains, Meng De Cai —
 

The Last Journey, Toni Bratincevic

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=363620
The Last Journey, Toni Bratincevic
— The Last Journey, Toni Bratincevic —
 

Rage Over Babylon, Ziv Qual

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=300180
Rage Over Babylon, Ziv Qual
— Rage Over Babylon, Ziv Qual —
 

Waterworld, Stefan Morrell

http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=416550
Waterworld, Stefan Morrell
— Waterworld, Stefan Morrell —
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Jared Beginner — Level 3 says:

I love all of them. Amazing.

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sriganesh Beginner — Level 3 says:

thanks for adding the links in our community links. and do comment and visit our blog 😀 | nice collection you do here

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storygirl308 Beginner — Level 2 says:

Hello!
I found your site through an internet search for fantasy art. I am a writer and I was wondering if I could use your, Fantasy Forest, Wei Wei Hua, as a book cover. It would be for my own personal use.
Let me know. Thank you.

Also, love the art! Very beautiful. 🙂

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Guest says:

very beautiful and creative, i am inspired.

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