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Who is your favorite 1980s D&D artist?

Post by Havard » Fri Apr 05, 2019 3:54 pm

This is the second thread in this series. Im doing one thread per decade to avoid discussions where people simply pick their favorite decade. The time has come for the 1980s. Feel free to post examples of art from that era. If you hate all the art from this decade, please don't post in that thread. This is about stuff you really like. :)

As with the previous thread, all kinds of art and illustrations, including maps, cover art, interior illustrations etc are allowed.


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Post by shesheyan » Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:01 pm

Keith Parkinson is my favorite 80s D&D artist.

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Post by shesheyan » Fri Apr 05, 2019 5:53 pm

Daniel R Horne is a close second

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Post by Cthulhudrew » Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:22 am

Clyde Caldwell is probably my favorite, but it's a close call between him, Jeff Easley, Larry Elmore, and Keith Parkinson.
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Post by Morfie » Sat Apr 06, 2019 2:44 am

Clyde for all the GAZ covers.

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Post by agathokles » Sat Apr 06, 2019 10:02 am

The 80ies were so rich, indeed, with most artists aiming for a more realistic look. I agree with Cthulhudrew, mostly, although I'd mention also Stephen Fabian's b&w interior art for the Gazetteers as another favourite.
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Post by shesheyan » Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:54 pm

Indeed, the level of quality is excellent for each of the BIG 5 artists. It's really hard to choose one over the other. A golden age.

- For Caldwell what I like the most are his serpentine dragons. The flesh tones of his characters are also very interesting.
- Easly's use of reds, oranges and yellow colors is almost «Fauvist».
- Elmore is the master of top level, clean, colorful «action scenes».
- Parkison' near photo realistic pieces with a colorful palette are mesmerizing.
- Daniel R Horne is another realistic artist but with a toned down and nuanced palette of colors.

- I agree that Stephen Fabian's b&w interior art for the Gazetteers was perfect.
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Post by Tim Baker » Sat Apr 06, 2019 8:12 pm

That's a tough call. I think Keith Parkinson is my top pick. I love the detail in his work.

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Post by Havard » Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:48 pm

There were so many great ones in this era. That is definitely true.

I am just going to go with Larry Elmore. For me, there is no other D&D artist who has shaped my idea of what D&D is all about than him. :)

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Post by shesheyan » Sun Apr 07, 2019 7:02 pm

Havard wrote:
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There were so many great ones in this era. That is definitely true.

I am just going to go with Larry Elmore. For me, there is no other D&D artist who has shaped my idea of what D&D is all about than him. :)

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For inspiration I would have to go with Caldwell. The Gazetteer covers were always a great inspiration when I designed my adventures. Often I would lay them out on the kitchen table and look at the illustrations while I took notes.

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Post by Cthulhudrew » Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:12 pm

Can't believe I forgot to mention Timothy Truman! His work on X4 and X5 were some of the best images of the entire module series for BECMI, IMO, and just the iceberg of some of his work (his Warduke for the LJN toy line is iconic as well). Plus, he has gone on to do some of the greatest fantasy/horror/western imagery out there, which alone endears his work to me.
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Post by Kythkyn » Thu Apr 11, 2019 1:15 am

Clyde Caldwell
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Post by Yaztromo » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:01 am

For sure the most influential for D&D was Elmore: under many points of view he was/is the "image" of D&D.
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Re: Who is your favorite 1980s D&D artist?

Post by timemrick » Fri Apr 12, 2019 1:57 pm

I'd have to say Elmore. He consistently produced high-quality work with a high degree of realism and energy that drew you into the scene. Even his non-action compositions (like the Dragonlance covers) told a story.

I'm also a fan of a good deal of Caldwell and Parkinson's work, but IMO, Elmore hit the high notes more consistently. (For example, Caldwell could sometimes become a bit too stylized for my taste.)
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Re: Who is your favorite 1980s D&D artist?

Post by Thorf » Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:24 am

I find it impossible to choose between Jeff Easley, Larry Elmore, and Clyde Caldwell.

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