Inspiration #3: Frank Frazetta

ImageFrom Conan the Barbarian

“Frank Frazetta is one of the worldís most influential fantasy and science fiction artists best recognized for his covers of early Tarzan and Conan the Barbarian books, and other literature.

Conan, created by Robert E. Howard (January 22, 1906 – June 11, 1936) first appeared to the public in Weird Tales in December 1932. This story was an experiment with the entire concept of the ‘weird tale’ horror fiction as defined by practitioners such as Edgar Allan Poe, A. Merritt, and H. P. Lovecraft; mixing elements of fantasy, horror and mythology with historical romance, action and swordplay into thematic vehicles never before seen, a new style of tale which ultimately became known as ‘sword and sorcery’.”

Frazetta’s interpretation of Conan in the Lancer/Ace editions (1966-1977) visually redefined the genre of sword and sorcery, and had an enormous influence on succeeding generations of artists.”


For me, Frank Frazetta is the fantasy illustrator. His Conan covers grabbed me instantly and opened up my world to much more than comic books and super heroes. I love the way he slapped the paint on the canvas. His men were sinewy, savage beasts. His women were these amazing, alluring, seductive Earth mothers. He was a master of the “Triangular” composition, the default composition for much of my work.





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