Wednesday, June 17, 2009

My Favorite Non Burroughs Frazetta Painting

I know that everybody who loves Frazetta has seen this image a millyum times. But I want to remind you how really good it is. 

The Warren cover, above, was later reworked by Frazetta to its state shown below. That version is the signed limited print that hangs in my studio, inspiring me to be a better artist.

I think the concept sketch, below, is also very beautiful.


Doruk said...

While I am a drooling rabid Frazetta fan that thinks every little scratch from his pencil is beautiful, I must also admit this is one of his better works.

Daniel [] said...

A point of minor interest: This image was used for the cover of a German paperback collecting some or all of Haggard's stories of Ayesha (“She Who Must Be Obeyed”).

This image doesn't actually fit those stories especially well, though Frazetta would be an especially good choice to produce appropriate illustrations.

Thomas Haller Buchanan said...

Frazetta would have been outrageously perfect to illustrate Haggard's work. I get so mad to think how much of Frazetta's talent was wasted on trivial junk with cheap production values.

Daniel [] said...

Indeed; though the aspect of production values is sometimes correctable, in the sense that the work can be later reproduced with greater care.

At the same time, there has been a lot of rather, uhm, indifferent art used for Haggard's work. (I collect editions of the four books featuring Ayesha, generally based on whether the feature distinct cover art or interior illustrations.)