Originally Posted by Shehaub
Can anyone explain the difference between surreal and fantasy/sci-fi art?
Fantasy usually based on myth, ancient tale, children tale, ancient book etc, mostly dungeon n dragon or fairy tale stuff. While Surrealis is more vast and unlimited...
surrealist generally mean the decoupling of aspects of reality. As example, reality of object and its function. This opened whole new ground of creativism.
Example, salvador dali works. Back to 1930s a sofa is a sofa, and a phone is a phone. Dali decoupling the reality : why not phonecall using a shrimp instead of phone, and sit on a lips instead a sofa ?. Hence he create the lobster phone and mae west lips sofa.
Today we met such creative surrealist works everyday isnt it ? we just dont aware it is
Early surrealist play experimenting with creature shape too. They would make several pictures of head, several pictures of various creature torso, and various pictures of lower body and legs of various real and imaginary character. Then take it randomly or interchange it with one made by their friend. So if you watch cartoon of human body and head with octopus leg, it is surreal too actually!. Both human body exist, octopus leg is exist, but the relationship between two is new. In this case well, some myth animal is of course surrealist object too, as example, centaur.
An example of such 'decoupling of creature and its character' is in dali elephant painting. Elephant in Dali painting are very tall, dynamic animal with long leg, this is the decoupling of elephant and character 'heavy, slow, bulky'. Then it is get new meaning/character (elephant is creature that is twiggy, tall, and fast).
Do this decoupling of object/creature and its character/function with a lot of thing if your paintings : cloud that is heavy and stockpiled on the ground, trees instead that is light so it is hovering on the sky, bird that eat a tiger etc, and you got something whose components is real, but it feels like a dreams of wildest beauty and imagination which is why I love surrealist painting.
Some comics also contains surrealist theme. Example are Don Lawrence 'Storm'
Don Lawrence storm : Sailship is real, but it is became surreal because sailship function is in sea, not in space...
Japanese manga 'One Piece' also have lot of surrealism influence...
If Dali create 'Lobsterphone' in the One Piece manga there is a life-snail phone, there also cloud kingdom/flying island, flying sailship etc...
And for me, it is the most beautiful and most creative form of art, by separate object and its perceived function, you are entirely free. What exist is just beauty.