I mean, there's the whole discussion of "what counts as fantasy?". Then there's "what is your acceptable limit for abilities/appearances/behavioural patterns?" (which will vary dependent on your upbringing - as a graphical artist I'm sure the main reason behind your issue(s) with said artwork is down to your schooling. I could, of course, be wrong).
I'm not even touching on the other points (well, probably just one point ) raised in my post, as this alone is worth debate. I mean, why do you believe that your subjective view on the art (which you've stated is subjective by way of our opinion) is superior to someone elses'? What kind of fantasy do you prefer; what art do you draw inspiration from (I saw your Fallen Valk sketches, remember - they were impressively done and I loved how 'Dark Elf' they were as in Warhammer Fantasy, nerd alert)?
For me, concept art doesn't bother me that much (despite having an okay grounding in art, nowhere near someone like yourself though) - I have a technical mind, for one. Secondly (and perhaps more importantly) is that I generally view art (all forms of art: 2D, 3D, music, you name it) as something to be respected. I say "generally" because I'm only human and there are some outliers (mostly facets of modern art) that simply irritate the heck outta me.
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I like her cold look, she looks gorgeus. Character reminds me of that evil Queen from Snow White. Which was my favourite antagonist in my known childhood fairy tales.
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About the inspiration bit, I don't actually know much about Warhammer. That might be my bad. As for my "taste" in fantasy art: http://fc04.deviantart.net/fs71/f/20...di-d33w0e4.jpg http://fc00.deviantart.net/fs70/f/20...er-d4xenlj.jpg http://fc09.deviantart.net/fs71/f/20...ey-d3nwe28.jpg http://www.scribbletonic.com/wp-cont...en-smaller.jpg http://artnectar.com/wp-content/uplo..._excursion.png , to give you a rough idea, and pretty much all of these; http://www.guildwars2.com/en/media/concept-art/ . It's not just functional design, or just realism. What matters the most and what truly takes skill, is to make the picture as a whole work. To give the viewer, even if the content is high-fantasy, the idea that the character they're looking at or the world behind that frame could be real. That you make them truly experience your imagination rather than flatly presenting it to them. I see very similar developments in modern day music. A lot of art nowadays, no matter what direction, is flat. Shallow. Soulless. It seems to lack a certain amount of passion for the craft and because the majority of the modern audience is so easily satisfied, most artists aren't exactly motivated to push their creations up to that next level either. This I find incredibly regrettable.
Long post is LONG. Sorry 'bout that.