Frank Frazetta (February 9, 1928 – May 10, 2010), an American fantasy and science fiction artist is one of my all time favourite artists. Having grown up with his illustrations gracing the covers of the Conan books by Robert E Howard, the Death Dealer series, and if we go way back, to covers for Edgar Rice Burroughs (Tarzan, and Pellucidar etc.)
Frank Frazetta’s work captures the imagination, celebrates the might of warriors, the beauty of buxom damsels, and the fearsomeness of giant monsters. His work on Conan covers changed the way sword and sorcery was done, and perhaps influenced many a van airbrush artist as well.
His iconic work has been often emulated but never truly duplicated. He has influenced many artists including acclaimed comic book artist Marc Silvestri and Yusuke Nakano a lead artist for the Legend of Zelda series of games. I also have a feeling Frazetta was inspired by the romanticists such as Delacroix, and Henry Fuseli (Battling the Midgard Serpent).
Beside my father’s influence in getting me to read pulp fantasy and science fiction, it was Frazetta’s covers that really helped me make the choice to buy certain books. I would then stare at the covers of the books for long periods of time living in my own imagination and dreaming that maybe one day I could do that too.
Okay enough with my rambling, you can read more about him in the link following the art samples. Enjoy!
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