When I think of epic fantasy art, I immediately think of the work of the great Frank Frazetta. There are few that would argue that he set the bar for fantasy art and is truly one of the most talented fantasy artists of all time. If you haven’t seen his documentary “Painting with fire” Than I highly recommend you check it out. I’ve probably watched it a hundred times.
As many of you know, Frank passed away earlier this year. And I wanted to do an homage to his legacy. For me, the ultimate iconic Frazetta painting has to be “Death Dealer”:
and here’s my interpretation, in munny form:
I wanted to paint the piece like the painting, and not like I normally would. I had to resist the urge to get out the airbrush and try to keep things a bit looser. I don’t know if I really did him justice, but I’m pretty happy with the outcome.
this is probably my favorite part of the piece, the shield.
It’s fun to realize all the lighting value in this piece is painted, and not from any actual light source.
The piece is currently on display as part of a group show at the screaming sky gallery in Portland, Oregon for those of you that can make it by to check it out. Those interested in purchasing the Death Dealer can make inquiries here.
And seriously, check out “Painting with fire” it’s really inspiring.