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2 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Feb 20: Who is your favorite fantasy artist (2D)?

 

Bonus: Post a link/image of your favorite painting/illustration of theirs.

 

Probably Larry Elmore. He's made me buy books I might not have otherwise with the covers he's done for them. Hard to choose a favourite but here's one I like.

 

Dragonlance - Death Of Sturm

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2 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Feb 20: Who is your favorite fantasy artist (2D)?

 

Bonus: Post a link/image of your favorite painting/illustration of theirs.

This is such a great question! Now I get to find more amazing artists. I have only recognized two of the names so far.

 

Outside of the miniature range, my first thought was immediately Milk, or Chiara Bautista. I found her ten or so years ago while wandering on a friend's MySpace (!) account, and recently found her a few years ago on FB. It's very clear that she puts her soul into her art, and most are gritty and full of emotion. There are many little details, though I can't post my favorites because they feature nudity, though it's simply by body shape.

 

Here is a closeup of a finished piece. Wow. After learning some art basics from y'all, there is so much more to see in her art!

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But even her sketches are absolutely incredible.

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2 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Feb 20: Who is your favorite fantasy artist (2D)?

 

Bonus: Post a link/image of your favorite painting/illustration of theirs.

I have a fair number that I like a lot, but I'm really keen on NeNe Thomas.  Not just for her art, but because I got to meet and talk with her several times back in the mid 90s when she was just starting to become well known. The first year I met her, she had the booth across from ours at Pacificon, and we spent the weekend talking to her.  She was so nice. 

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2 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Feb 20: Who is your favorite fantasy artist (2D)?

 

Bonus: Post a link/image of your favorite painting/illustration of theirs.

This is a tough one as I love many artists for different reasons.

 

  • My "first love" would be M.C. Escher for his blend of mathematics, illusions and fantastic impossible landscapes. My dad had a book about him and his works, and I own three laminates that I hang on the wall (Relativity; Ascending and Descending; Waterfall). I learned to reproduce many techniques from his art. And have you looked at my profile background picture?
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  • Gustave Doré for his illustrations in children's classics, Dante's Inferno, the Bible, etc.
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  • Larry Elmore for my early ventures in AD&D and his frequent artwork in Dragon magazines (I also own his KS art book and the original Snarfquest book).
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I really love Larry Elmore, @Zink picked an absolute cracker of a picture there :wub:

 

It's truly difficult for me to pick a favourite, but Wayne Reynolds is really high on my list. I love the slightly odd way he does negative shadows (is that what you call it? I'm not sure). I also need a mini of both of these characters-

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3 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Feb 20: Who is your favorite fantasy artist (2D)?

 

Bonus: Post a link/image of your favorite painting/illustration of theirs.

 

My favourite is probably Anne Stokes.  I just find her work so beautiful.

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Favorite artist: Wow that tough one, so many to choose from.

 

Larry Elmore is high on the list as his art was the first I feel in love with when it comes to D&D. It's funny Jeff Easley was also one of TSR's main artists but I never felt the same feeling that I did with Larry's art. My first D&D character that I correctly made & play was based off the Larry's artwork of the female cleric from the Red basic box set. (the one in the choose your own adventure). Keith Parkinson (RIP) was one of my favorites as well. Daniel R Horne, while I'm not familiar with his artwork beyond 2 of my all time favorite Dragon & Dungeon Magazine cover was a favorite as well. Currently Wayne Reynolds is probably my favorite fantasy artist (it was blast meeting him for the first time at ReaperCon a few years ago. Also Drew Struzan has made some classic movie posters that are fantastic. I'd rather see those then the actors on the Star Wars posters for example.

 

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Larry Elmore: I'm not sure if I have a fav but this one is up there for me me:

 

Avalyne the Life Giver (btw that's Keith Parkinson as the giant)

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Keith Parkinson: The Big Stash

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Daniel R Horne: "The Real Reason the Romans left Britain" I'm not exactly sure if that is the actual name, but the art also depicts that of Kostchtchie. A demon lord who was born a Northener but was cursed. He became a deity to frost giants & such.

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(I'm not sure of the title of this one. As I was big into archers when this came out (I guess I still am), the female archer is powerful picture. No armor, no hand weapon (in-bedded into the giant) & she is down to her last arrow. Note it's a different color fetching then the rest, a undead slayer perhaps? Always did like the giant skeleton as well. I'd love to see this one as a mini dio someday.

 

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DRH also did a scrag (river troll attacking a Conan-esqe barbarian in a boat that I like as well.

 

Wayne Reynolds. I don't think I have a favorite of this. I like majority of his work. Thou & I even said to Wayne who thought was ragging on his finished pieces. I love the sketch work better then the actual artwork. Something about see the pencil lines & such. Thou I've always been that way. When I was heavy into comics, Jim Lee, Todd McFarlane were two of my favorite. I absolutely loved seeing their artwork before the inker came in. It almost pushed me into thinking about a career as a comic inker. 

 

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4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Feb 20: Who is your favorite fantasy artist (2D)?

 

Bonus: Post a link/image of your favorite painting/illustration of theirs.

 

Off the top of my head? Todd Lockwood, who does a lot of D&D and Magic the Gathering art, since at least D&D3.0 (he did most of the dragons, and the different races sketches). 

Also love Stephanie Law, who does concept art for Dark Sword. 

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4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Feb 20: Who is your favorite fantasy artist (2D)?

 

Bonus: Post a link/image of your favorite painting/illustration of theirs.

 

He's been mentioned numerous times, but Larry Elmore was my introduction to fantasy art, when I picked up my brother's copy of Dragons of Autumn Twilight in the '90s. And he's a very nice man, met him at Origins Game Fair convention years ago.

 

But rather than continue to sing Larry's praises, allow me to post a growing favorite of mine the past several years: Des Hanley. Fans of Dark Sword Miniatures will recognize his concept art on several products. I think his art on the critter line gives them so much life and personality.

 

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1 hour ago, alchemist said:

 

My favourite is probably Anne Stokes.  I just find her work so beautiful.

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Ooh I recently bought a few fantasy cards for Christmas with wolves from her range.

She's a great artist!

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4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Feb 20: Who is your favorite fantasy artist (2D)?

 

Bonus: Post a link/image of your favorite painting/illustration of theirs.

So hard to name just one. Besides the obvious king Frazetta and modern big fantasy names like Brom, Bonner, Adrian Smith, Erol Otus, etc... I like the style of Bastien Lecouffe Deharme, Simone Bianchi, Nadezda, maybe I'd even put Gabe Leonard in there. I've actually cleaved a bit away from fantasy as I learn more about painting, but I hope to return at some point.

I'll share a Deharme I hang on my inspiration wall in the studio.

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4 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Feb 20: Who is your favorite fantasy artist (2D)?

 

Bonus: Post a link/image of your favorite painting/illustration of theirs.

Probably Larry Elmore.  And if his art isn't my favorite, it may the most nostalgic for when I got into the fantasy genre and RPGs.

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Ooooooh kay...heeere we go:

 

Elmore, Parkinson, Law, yes yes and yes. Already covered, no problem.

 

Vallejo, Royo, yep I like them, too.

 

Wayne Reynolds is hot or cold for me. Some of his stuff I love (Ashling the Pilgrim for MtG's Lorwyn block), but a lot of it is too busy for my taste.

 

So glad Alphonse Mucha is already in this thread. Superb artist, beautiful work.

 

Rebecca Guay makes me happy.

 

Clarence Holbrook Carter was an American artist from the 1930s through the 50s. His start, during the Great Depression, was fairly documentarian, but he developed a surreal streak that I love. He understood shadows work a fluency I don't often see. His "War Bride" is one of the most arresting pieces of art I've ever seen, the first time I turned the corner and saw it at the Carnegie Museum of Art I just stopped for a good five minutes, stunned. This won't do it justice (it's a 3x5 foot canvas), but here:

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Chris Moeller has done a lot of illustration for fantasy properties, especially MtG, and some comics. He wrote and painted a stellar Wonder Woman book called "A League of One" and also his own property, a very good sci-fi bit called "Iron Empires."  Moeller is absolutely a painter, unafraid of very physical brushwork. Even images of stillness carry the potential of action. My favorite Wonder Woman is his, it used to be at the now homeless Toonseum, I hope it's being stored or displayed well. It's about a 4x6 canvas, iirc. Big, anyway. Here is "Diana:"

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And Dave Wachter has done a lot of work as well, though he's probably best known right now for his incredible work on the Godzilla and TMNT comic books. I love his very precise lines combined with spreading, atmospheric ink washes. Here's an illustration he did after The Odyssey:

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3 hours ago, TaleSpinner said:

Feb 20: Who is your favorite fantasy artist (2D)?

 

Bonus: Post a link/image of your favorite painting/illustration of theirs.

I have too many favourites to narrow it down to one artist. Notable ones that I have are Larry Elmore, previously mentioned, who made so many iconic pieces:

 

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Also, here is a small article about his epic cover of Dragonlance: http://www.enworld.org/forum/content.php?6051-Larry-Elmore-On-Composing-The-Companions-Of-The-Lance-Art

 

 

Another favourite of mine is Todd Lockwood, whose art defined D&D 3.5, especially dragons:

 

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And, of course, who could forget the amazing Tony DiTerlizzi?

 

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Special shoutout to my friend Heather, who illustrated our amazing journey in Shattered Star. It should also be noted that she did the artwork for the RPGMP# advertisement in the back of the Rise of the Drow book. Here is the piece that she did for my character Raging Thunder, equipped with his magical and artifact-level accoutrements:

 

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