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Illustration Inspiration: The Dearly Departed

Where would we be as fantasy, sci-fi and gaming enthusiasts if not for the works of the seminal creators of the 20th century?¬†This month’s edition focuses on art by people whom we have lost, and whose classic visions can still inspire us today. There were so many to choose from; these ten barely scratch the surface. We owe a great debt to these early pioneers of genre art.


“Born to Exile”, Peter Elson [1]


“Women’s Work, Nov. 1956”, Ed Emshwiller [2]


“Snow Queen”, Edmund Dulac [3]


“Tree of Death”, Frank Frazetta [4]


“Weyr Search”, John Schoenherr [5]


“The Girl Who Spun Gold”, Leo and Diane Dillon [6] (note: Diane Dillon is still alive, but she and her husband worked as a team for most of their careers.)


“Marooned”, Howard Pyle [7]


“Arzach”, Moebius [8]

"Battle of Helms Deep", Darrell K. Sweet

“Battle of Helms Deep”, Darrell K. Sweet [9]

Ilene Meyer

Unknown, Ilene Meyer [10]

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#1 Comment By Angela Murray On November 28, 2016 @ 10:07 pm

I think it’s easy to underestimate the importance of art to both our RPG hobby as well as establishment of science fiction and fantasy. The words may be the backbone of the magic, but it’s the art that draws us in.

Thanks for sharing these.

#2 Comment By Sardonicus On November 29, 2016 @ 1:27 am

I’d agree entirely with that sentiment!

#3 Comment By John Arcadian On November 29, 2016 @ 10:47 am

I’m a huge proponent of the importance of art. While I love writing words, I know that it is the art and design that will help set the tone with far more impact. I can build the skeletons and convey a setting concept or a rule, but the art and style is what draws people into it and makes it come alive.