Self Care With Nerd Art

By Isaac H.

As the world slowly re-opens from the Covid19 pandemic (safe and timely or otherwise), it’s a good time for self care. There is a lot going on right now and sometimes it can help to move your attention away from the news and everyday happenings and problems of life. One of the ways I do this is with art. While there is much to appreciate in the more mainstream and traditional works of art, I tend to find comfort in things that speak to me personally. As the saying goes “I don’t know art, but I know what I like.” Being the nerd that I am, what I like often revolves around gaming, science fiction and fantasy. Here is a brief list of art related items in our collection that distract from the rolling dumpster fire that is the world right now.

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Tales from the Loop by Simon Stalenhag

Simon Stalenhag’s retro futuristic artwork tells a series of stories in an alternate world where arcane and bizarre technologies emerge and are utilized on a pre-internet age Earth. Each beautifully drawn still is accompanied by short tales regarding the events the reader is seeing. Everything from teleportation based mass transit to robotic automatons become a normal sight throughout the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. Behind it all, there are hints of significant dangers to these technologies that readers are left to speculate about. The artwork has inspired a critically acclaimed live action series of the same name on Amazon Prime.


In the nascent days of console gaming, one particular series gained a cult-like following among nerds and introverts alike. That series was Final Fantasy. While it would eventually join the mainstream of wildly popular games in the late 90s, early on it was a gem known mainly to fans of Japanese role playing games. The graphical limitations of that era required clever use of pixels to convey the characters, backgrounds and enemies on the screen. The result was a peculiar style of art specific to that era of the series that fans find endearing to this day. It’s difficult to describe, and when shown to my gamer teenage niece and nephew, I got the impression it looked primitive in their eyes. But you just might find the methods of reusing colors and forcing the player fill in expressions by anthropomorphizing seemingly jumbled tiny blocks to be clever.

Howling at the Moon by Jakub Rozalski

Jakub Rozalski has to be one of my favorite modern artists. The Poland-born illustrator has contributed concept art to a number of films and games. His other artwork has an amazing range that primarily leans toward various elements of speculative fiction. From brooding fairytale horrors to lovecraftian monstrosities to cold war era-inspired steampunk. He frequently uses picturesque snowy rural, forested or otherwise unpopulated areas as backdrops to the events unfolding in his story. In many of his works of art, he includes small scene depictions explaining a brief synopsis of events in the painting. If you enjoy fantasy, mythology or science, you’ll enjoy the works of Rozalski.

Are there any examples of art that you find enjoyable and relaxing? Let me know below! Also have a look at this list of items in our collection that also contain enjoyable artwork.

Self Care With Nerd Art



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