Monday, August 29, 2011

Elmore love

So there have some posts recently about people's love (or general like) of Larry Elmore's art:

I even posted about it last year:

I know there are some of the "old guard"  that don't like Elmore's art or associate it with a change at TSR and in D&D they are/were not happy with.  Well to quote my youngest "Balderdash and Poppycock!" (he heard me say that in a game and now he uses whenever he can).

Elmore art can be cheesecake, but it is also quite a step up from the art we had up to that point.  Nothing against those old-school artists, but Elmore had a vision of the D&D world and it was a vision I liked.

But let's be 100% honest.
I love his witches.

This witch appeared in the famous Dragon #114 version of the witch class and she was the "face" of my witch character ever since.

Later when I was looking for some new art I found this one:
I liked it so much that last Gen Con I bought the mini from Dark Sword and a signed print from Larry himself.

Of course those are not the only witches he has done. (linking instead of adding the pics of these) (have another mini of this one)

He explains it a bit in an interview he did in 2010 with Casey Philips:

CP: You've illustrated so many different things over the years. Do you have a favorite character you've depicted?

LE: No, not really. I've sort of been plagued with the image of a dark-haired, woodsy kind of woman - a witchy woman. She's always been on my mind, starting when I was about 22 or something. That's why I do a lot of witchy looking women, especially in drawings, but I don't have many paintings of it. It's funny, I just laid out a painting of a voodoo woman I'll be doing for myself.

The biggest thing when you're making a living as an illustrator, which I've done for my whole life, is that you don't get to do what you want to do. You're always illustrating a book or a game or somebody's image of a creation. Finally, after 25-30 years of it, I just got tired of it. Now, I'm doing more private contracts and my own work. I like to paint people and landscapes. With people, I like to paint women more than men, of course. I'm a red-blooded man. (Laughs.) This witchy woman thing still plagues me - this mysterious, dark-haired woman.

I totally get that.  Maybe he can join the Witch Lovers Anonymous I am planning to start with Paul Dini.


Anonymous said...

I love that witch in the snow picture. 1st time I saw it I thought 'what is that about?'

John Matthew Stater said...

I've always liked his black and white work better than his color stuff. That first witch image is one of the main reasons.

ERIC! said...

I like Elmore, its what I grew up on...

Theodric the Obscure said...

I am SO with you on Elmore's witches. I'm not as groggy as some folks (Class of '81), but my first reaction on seeing Elmore (& Co's) art after cutting my imaginary teeth on the old stuff was, "Wow, we have real art now." I guess the main thing I dislike about his work are his dragons.

Anthony N. Emmel said...

You missed one of my favorite witchy women from Elmore: "Eyes of Autumn" from the cover of Dragon #150.

Timothy S. Brannan said...

That is a really good one. I still have that issue of course!