Mythology has had the strongest influence on fantasy art with several super supernatural, metaphysical, and mythological themes...
In the 20th Century, the influence of fantasy art has can be seen in film, videogames, novels, and magazines. The realm of fantasy art covers several supernatural, metaphysical, and mythological themes.
Mythology has had the strongest influence on fantasy art at its core, with history dating as far back as the Greeks and Romans. In the early part of the 20th Century, books such as J.R. Tolkien’s trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, help to bring fantasy art into the mainstream. Elves, dwarves, fey, demons, dragons, wizards, and goblins have popular character depicted in fantasy art. All of these things have been a huge influence on me as an artist.
Fantasy Art help to bring Dungeons and Dragons into the mainstream…
In the 1970s and 1980s, TSR the publishers of the Fantasy Role Playing Game: Dungeons and Dragons commissioned several artists to create artwork their core books, supplements, and modules. Some of these well established artists from the past and today include: Brom, Larry Elmore, Wayne Reynolds, DiTerlizzi, Sarah Stone, Jeff Easely, Eva Widermann, Ralph Horsley, William O’Connor, Clyde Caldwell, Keith Parkinson, and Daniel R Horne. The quality of art present in books of Dungeons and Dragons with inspired generations of new and veteran gamers alike, bring the game into the mainstream.
Legendary artist Frank Frazzetta…
It almost impossible to discuss the topic of fantasy art without mentioning legendary fantasy and science fiction artist Frank Frazzetta. Frazzetta is well known for his work on thousands of comic books, paperback book covers, paintings, posters, album covers and other media. He started his professional career as a comic book artist in the 1947 with Standard Comics an inker and penciler. His genres included historical drama, noir, high fantasy, and wild west. His later work included Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers. In the 1960’s Frazzetta create the movie poster for the film “What's New Pussycat?.” Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Frazzetta created artwork for hundreds of paperback novels such as Conan, Tarzan, and John Carter of Mars. Frazzetta’s artwork has appears on numberous magazine covers including Heavy Metal, Vampirella, Eerie. In 1980, Frazetta worked with producer Ralph Bakshi on the feature film “Fire and Ice.” Frazetta's paintings have as cover art on several albums in feature "The Death Dealer", "Dark Kingdom", and "Berserker.”
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