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18 Oct 2017 3:57 p.m. PST
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Parzival03 Apr 2017 6:51 a.m. PST

Pick an artist, any source.

Here are suggestions:

Add yours below…

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2017 6:59 a.m. PST

None. I hate fantasy art.

The Beast Rampant03 Apr 2017 7:36 a.m. PST

I'm sure Frazetta's work was used somewhere. And, not to my liking, but:

That guy who paints bodybuilder models.

That chick who paints like that guy who paints bodybuilder models.

I used to be put off by his work, but now I love Erol Otus.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2017 8:02 a.m. PST

Frazetta warlord of mars
Romita Original art from captain america issue #142
Gutzman Original art from Gi combat #150
Barry Smith Conan fight Skeletons

Dark Fable Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Apr 2017 8:06 a.m. PST

"None. I hate fantasy art"
It was an essential contribution to this thread that we know this . . .

Vallejo is the body-builder model painter, he did the Ben Stiller Bull by-the-horns painting in Dodge Ball. Frazetta of course! Angus McBride, known mostly for his historical paintings also did some great Lord of the Rings paintings.

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member03 Apr 2017 8:15 a.m. PST

And "that chick" is probably Vallejo's wife,Julie Bell. I consider them both kitsch artists,which Frazetta was not. But I don't know whether he did any pieces originally for RPGs. I have had his prints on my walls.

I'd love to have prints from the ICE MERP games,which mate two faves--Angus McBride and Middle Earth.

Patrick Sexton Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2017 8:15 a.m. PST

Paul Bonner, I have always liked his Ork work.

Weasel03 Apr 2017 8:24 a.m. PST

Elmore, Blanche, McBride or Whelan

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2017 8:56 a.m. PST

Perhaps I should clarify that to "I hate cloying fan fantasy art."
Google "Jamie and Cersei" for some truly appalling art. Game of Thrones art is almost universally sickeningly "artful".
Arwen art isn't much better.

Graycat Inactive Member03 Apr 2017 9:03 a.m. PST

I have an original Dell Harris 'sort of griffon' in pencil, and several Whelan prints. Otherwise I hang pictures of cats. Really big cats.

John Treadaway Inactive Member03 Apr 2017 10:18 a.m. PST

Angus McBride did some wonderful illustrations most of them OFM approved (loads of great Ospreys, of course) but some lovely (obviously not to some folks liking) of LotR from the MERP supplements.

His illustrations of whatever style can go on any wall space I have.

But Howe and Frazett are both good.

John T

Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member03 Apr 2017 11:00 a.m. PST

OT,but I'm partial to Alan Lee's work on ME--though I'll allow that it's a bit too bleak and grim for many--but that's how I see LOTR,mostly. Someone wrote to Tolkien that he saved LOTR for Lent,"because it is so hard and bitter".

In happier mood,Ted Nasmith is good,though sometimes edging towards Hildebrandt,which is almost pure Disneyfication--and oh,how JRRT loathed Disney!

daler240D Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member03 Apr 2017 11:53 a.m. PST

…and paint on the side of my '70s conversion van!!!

Coyotepunc and Hatshepsuut03 Apr 2017 12:04 p.m. PST

Brom. Gerald, not Larry. He of the original TSR Dark Sun artwork.

TGerritsen03 Apr 2017 12:07 p.m. PST

I like Keith Parkinson. I've had these two images on my wall:



I used to like Elmore, but as I got older, my tastes got more selective. At lot of Elmore's work seems like pandering fan art without a lot of substance behind it. I prefer Jeff Butler and Jeff Easley. For pure classic, I love a lot of the old black and white art, as I feel it had far more character than a lot of the more modern stuff that takes away viewer interpretation. A lot of the older art for RPGs tended to allow viewers to interpret from their own perspective and use their own imagination. I feel a lot of modern RPG art, while technically superior doesn't invite any user interpretation at all.

Otus was great with viewer interpretation:


Roslof was good with that as well.


Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Apr 2017 1:27 p.m. PST

Another for Michael Whelan.


… and maybe Mondriaan …


Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member03 Apr 2017 3:10 p.m. PST

Mondrian did RPGs? Wonder what those were like. . .


Redroom Inactive Member03 Apr 2017 4:54 p.m. PST

Tony DiTerlizzi (Planescape, Spiderwick Chronicles, The Leafmen)

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP03 Apr 2017 5:28 p.m. PST

Alan Lee


John Howe




Hafen von Schlockenberg Inactive Member03 Apr 2017 6:27 p.m. PST

Well,heck,since the thread's been derailed (sorry,Parzival),one of my favorites, Hannes Bok:



I have this as lock page wallpaper on my phone:


A unique artistic vision.


ordinarybass Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2017 10:14 a.m. PST

I'm not much for fantasy art generally, but a buddy of mine had Andrea of Ganesha games do a picture of some of our club members as fantasy characters and it has an honored place above the bookcase in my bedroom.

I do have a large framed Battletech poster up in my music room though. It's this same piece of artwork with no words.

It's a much more impressive picture when the bottom third is visible, but you get the idea.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP04 Apr 2017 12:46 p.m. PST

I currently have two Chris Achilleos art prints hanging in my War Room and another one elsewhere in the house:



Amazon BC:




They are large size and impressive, much more so than the reproductions in books.

I might pick up some more someday -- you can order direct from his website and he'll sign the prints.

I admire Ted Naismith's Tolkien art a great deal and would like to buy some prints of his work sometime.

USAFpilot05 Apr 2017 8:36 a.m. PST


Fantasy art often shows the subject of the picture in a pose. What I like about this image, which is drawn in a realistic style is the believable nature of it showing a party of adventures doing different things after a fight. You see a fighter sitting and cleaning his sword, a wizard resting against his staff, a man in plate armor looking at a map perhaps, along with a companion, and a couple of thieves trying to pry a large gem from the statue. This picture has detail and tells a story.

I also like the Tolkien artists Lee, Howe, and Nasmith. Also like the heroic paintings of Franzetta and Vallejo; as well as the art of Parkinson and Whelan.

Crazyivanov05 Apr 2017 8:38 p.m. PST

Angus MacBride, for presenting an image of Middle Earth in which everybody is real and not a white melting ghost. Most specifically Eowyn and the Witch King.

Just about any image done by Kieth Parkinson, especially the Queen of the Spiders. (one of the good module covers I mentioned from way back in the other thread)

As for modern artists there's one I'm blanking on. He's a Pathfinder artist, but I like him.

Crazyivanov05 Apr 2017 9:04 p.m. PST

TYLER WALPOLE! That's it. Pick any of his Demons or Devils, but if it were up to me I'd take either the Succubus or the Glabrezu.

Parzival05 Apr 2017 9:17 p.m. PST

If we expand to Dragon mag covers, Den Beauvais's chess series always impressed me.

Personal logo etotheipi Sponsoring Member of TMP06 Apr 2017 2:58 p.m. PST

I passed the Dutchie. I forgot …


… Hieronymus Bosch

Oberlindes Sol LIC26 Oct 2017 12:05 p.m. PST


Andy Skinner Supporting Member of TMP28 Oct 2017 6:23 a.m. PST

My daughter has two Rodney Matthews paintings as posters on her wall. I gave them to her, so we both really like them.

One is On a Storyteller's Night, the other is Ilian of Garathorm.


The Angry Piper06 Nov 2017 12:37 p.m. PST

My walls display the classic Frazetta Death Dealer print pictured here. I also have Larry Elmore's Star Frontiers cover. I used to have some HR Giger lithographs, but I gave them away.

I'm a big fan of John Howe and Keith Parkinson, but I don't have anything from them. Also a fan of Denis Beauvais (great Dragon covers!), as well as Josh Timbrook, Phil Foglio, Richard Kane-Ferguson and the amazing Charles Vess.

Nowadays I like to support local or lesser-known artists that I meet at conventions. If they have something cool, I'll buy it.

PrivateSnafu16 Nov 2017 3:18 p.m. PST

Inga Moore

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