Tuesday, March 19, 2013

RPG Art Suvey


One of my goals with all of this drawing stuff is to be able to produce black and white illustrations that would feel at home inside of RPG supplement or rule book.  I have no deep interest in becoming a professional, but I'd like to be capable of producing good art at that level.

So . . . I need your help.

Looking around, I've come to realize that I'm probably missing out on a lot of art and artists.  Erol Otus, Diesel LaForce, and Jeff Dee stand out as people who influenced me at a young age - and I've had the great fortune of meeting them over the last few years.  But I'm sure there are tons - past and present - that I just don't know about.  There are modules that I never owned, game systems I've never cracked open, etc.

If you've got the time, throw out some of your favorite artists name's below - here or G+.  Or link to their art.  Or links to YOUR art if you are proud of it.  Or write a blog post about it and link to it.  Or whatever.  Just point me to some cool stuff. :)

Remember, what I'm looking for is good black and white art that would fit into any sort of RPG product.  And yeah, I have Googled, and that only comes up with the most popular five billion images.  But I'm sure there are more.  And I'm sure you know about them. :)

Thanks!

- Ark

16 comments:

  1. I like both Dave Trampier and Russ Nicholson a lot.

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  2. I run a series of posts on my blog called "Really old old-school artists" where I show older fantasy illustration (late 1800s-mid 1900s); many of the featured artists were influences on the first wave of RPG artists.
    http://savevsdragon.blogspot.com/search/label/really%20old%20old-school%20art

    From the early wave of RPGs (in addition to the standards like EO, Tramp, and Nicholson) I like Dave Billman,

    Also, Monsterbrains' blog is chock-full of great art (including vintage pulp horror and sci fi):
    http://monsterbrains.blogspot.com

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  3. I've always loved Bill Willingham's art in the old AD&D and B/X books

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  4. Miguel Santos ("pictishscout" on deviantart).

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  5. Rodney Matthews is one of my all time favorites and a huge influence to me and my art.

    http://www.rodneymatthews.com/

    ERIC!

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    1. I am very impressed by your art and your becoming one of my favorites!

      I also like my own art...btw...

      ERIC!

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    2. LOL forgot Roger Dean, google reminded me!

      http://www.rogerdean.com/paintings/

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  6. Dan "SMIF" Smith had a lot of black and white pieces in various GURPS supplements. Unfortunately, not even a Google Images search for GURPS Smif is turning up more than a few of them.

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  7. I was going to point to Monster Brains as well...

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  8. Larry Elmore was an early influence for me (not that my current stuff looks like his AT ALL). I loved his artwork in the version of red box D&D I started with.

    Phil Foglio was also a huge influence, especially his illustrations in the Myth Adventures books.

    More recently, I've become a fan of Ben Caldwell's nicely stylized animated look.

    And since you encouraged us to self-promote, some of my stuff can be seen here: http://cybersluagh.deviantart.com/

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  9. OLD School FRP
    blog has lots of old school
    illustrations for all to view

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  10. I think your style is excellent as it is. I went to 2 art schools and I can tell you that my art didn't really improve till I stopped copying the styles of others. I still do enjoy looking at others' work though. You might consider looking at work that inspired some of those early TSR artists. At least one of them has said they (meaning the art department) used fantasy drawings from H. J. Ford in Andrew Lang's Fairy Books as inspiration; there are even comparisons of pictures in the Monster Manual to those of Fords.There was an incredible draftsman: because he spent a good deal of time life drawing.

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  11. Stephen Fabian, who did the interior art for the gazetteers for the Mystara (basic D&D) setting. I guess I should also point out Zak "Playing D&D with you know what Stars" Smith. His upcoming Alice module will no doubt be lavishly illustrated.

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  12. Oh, outside the realm of RPGs, you might find www.sito.org interesting. It's got some really cool collaborative art experiments going on.

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  13. Thanks everyone for the awesome artists, links and kind words.

    - Ark

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  14. I just saw a lot of really cool stuff in this post I never new about! I am new to the blog thing, old to the RPG thing. I like the diversity of style of the old editions - even some of the art some people deem as 'not so great' in those old books. To me, it's like a buffet - mix it up. I think the 'less realistic' styles found in the old stuff (like Otus, like Nicholson, etc.) give the reader more room for interpretation - which only helps the creative process of running a game. Don't get me wrong, I really do like the new edition art as well - but I think the art direction was too tight, and a bit over homogenized. Without trying to sound like dissing the big dogs, I think when the whole RPG world tried to move its marketing to the CRPG audience, we all lost a little.

    Oh, and I got a little bit of stuff on my blog too - come check it out.

    Also, if any of you all wanna talk art and whatnot, drop by - I can roll with that.

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