do you mean classic as in art style? or just any style thats about some classic fantasy? Like Lord of the rings type shit?
I would assume the art style. I personally love the feel of 80s-90s fantasy art, the type you used to see on the covers of cheap books or all RPGs. I feel there's something less classic-looking about works like this:
...but I can't really tell what it is. Modern games like Dragon Age: Origins or Pillars have something in common with each other in terms of aesthetics anyway, and I don't like them as much as the more classic style. Maybe its that they just sort of look like what they really are, that is, digital paintings instead of organic ones?
I agree, alot of modern day fantasys are realy genaric. I hope that if something like Game of Thones ever gets a video game, that its good and goes for a new style of rpg, mmorpg,exc. what ever it is.
Damn I wish I were at home, I could hook you guys up with some good art just like this:
>Michael Whelan (onion stuff)
Sorry I don't have the pics but they did a lot of the stuff you're looking for. Love this style..!
Bumping with some quick search results from the guys I listed above:
Darrell K. Sweet's WOT book covers are some of the best