When I grew up, I only knew about a few Fantasy artists but they certainly had influence on me, pretty much until this day. There were mainly Frazetta and Boris in one corner, and the original TSR bunch in the other (Easley, Parkinson, Elmore, Caldwell, Fields, etc...)
Their art was showing me a world that was incredible, heroic, horrible, exciting, cruel, awesome, Darwinian, beautiful and magic. Many times did I wish I could live in such a world (even though I'd probably last about a week or so). But this kind of imagination never left me and I became an artist because, well, because I needed to.
These guys didn't make me an artist: I always had the need to express myself visually. My mom told me that as a toddler, the only way to keep me quiet for hours was to give me a pencil and paper, and I'd "disappear" for hours at a time. I wish I remember where I went, because there's nothing like a kid's imagination.
So, these guys didn't make me an artist, but they gave me something equally precious: They encouraged me to pursue my dream, showing me that it could be done. I wouldn't change that for the world.
I had the fortune to meet a few: Boris and Julie, Elmore, Fields and at the last Illuxcon I attended: Jeff Easley.
It was brief, but I remember it to this day. I also remember Elmore talking to me about the good time they had at TSR back in the days, but that's too hot for FB
Mr. Easley, what could be a better day to show my deep appreciation and love for your work, and for your incredible generosity, than on Valentine's Day?
Happy Birthday, Jeff!
It's from Black Sails (TV show about Pirates, if that wasn't obvious).
- www.cyrilvdh.comIllustrator, 2003 - present
- Turbine Entertainment SoftwareArtist, Concept Artist, 1995 - 2003
- Rhode Island School of Design
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