Frank Frazetta's painting of the Egyptian Queen...
...inspired the famous Princess Leia slave costume from Star Wars:
The costume designers originally specified 25 yards of fabric to create a long, flowing harem skirt similar to the one in Frazetta's painting.
|Costume designed by Aggie Guerard Rodgers and Nilo Rodis-Jamero|
However, they quickly found that Frazetta's concept made no sense. That long blue drape looks great in the painting but in real life "the costume department could not make the concept work." You don't realize how ridiculous it is until you try to translate it from image to reality.
In this next picture, Frazetta paints a demon about to strike a blow...
...except the blow could never land because his horns are blocking the way. Part of Frazetta's brilliance was that he was able to portray imaginary characters as solid, muscular beings who lived in a real world governed by laws of physics. But Frazetta often broke those laws for visual effect.
In this third example, note that Frazetta has planted the archer's foot firmly on thin air.
This was not a mistake. The painting would not have looked nearly as powerful if Frazetta had changed that stance to place the foot on something solid.
Such liberties are not uncommon in Frazetta's paintings, but somehow they don't keep his work from looking realistic. In fact, his paintings are far more convincing than the work of his imitators who meticulously follow the laws of gravity, lighting, anatomy, etc.
Part of Frazetta's art was that he understood when the laws of appearances take priority over the laws of physics.