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"R.I.P. Frank Frazetta" , posted Tue 11 May 05:00post reply

Frank Frazetta died today at the age of 82. His contributions to the visual arts are immeasurable. Frazetta has been an inspiration to artists world wide, particularly the kind that tend to end up in comics, videogames, VFX and any other medium that aims to make people say "wow that looks so awesome!".

When I was a child, I used to go to the library and comb through books looking for his art. He was the epitome of "cool". His artwork made my heart and imagination race. It was so beautiful, exciting, uplifting, engrossing, action packed, and timeless. There is a special timbre to his work, his style of rendering, his sense of design, his brush strokes, his choice of colors that is so far above the ken of almost every other modern artist (fantasy or fine artist alike). There is a sense of maturity and gravity to even his most fantastic work that just makes me believe it is happening. I can believe in his work unabashedly.

I know he's not directly related to games, but his presence can be felt in the work of game artists, and just artists in general world wide. I really hope he is properly memorialized. I really hope that at the very least, any visual artist who has been lucky enough to know Frazetta's work will take a moment to pause and reflect on what they have learned from Frazetta, and what they can continue to learn. Frazetta has left behind a rich legacy and the world will be a poorer place for not cherishing and celebrating it.






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"Re(1):R.I.P. Frank Frazetta" , posted Tue 11 May 05:18post reply

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Frank Frazetta died today at the age of 82. His contributions to the visual arts are immeasurable. Frazetta has been an inspiration to artists world wide, particularly the kind that tend to end up in comics, videogames, VFX and any other medium that aims to make people say "wow that looks so awesome!".

When I was a child, I used to go to the library and comb through books looking for his art. He was the epitome of "cool". His artwork made my heart and imagination race. It was so beautiful, exciting, uplifting, engrossing, action packed, and timeless. There is a special timbre to his work, his style of rendering, his sense of design, his brush strokes, his choice of colors that is so far above the ken of almost every other modern artist (fantasy or fine artist alike). There is a sense of maturity and gravity to even his most fantastic work that just makes me believe it is happening. I can believe in his work unabashedly.

I know he's not directly related to games, but his presence can be felt in the work of game artists, and just artists in general world wide. I really hope he is properly memorialized. I really hope that at the very least, any visual artist who has been lucky enough to know Frazetta's work will take a moment to pause and reflect on what they have learned from Frazetta, and what they can continue to learn. Frazetta has left behind a rich legacy and the world will be a poorer place for not cherishing and celebrating it.



He was the king of pulp fantasy. I honestly associate his illustrations more with Conan and that brand of fantasy than the actual Conan stories themselves.

If there's one place where his legacy will endure, though, it's in the covers of the albums of <prefix> metal bands.





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"Re(1):R.I.P. Frank Frazetta" , posted Tue 11 May 05:22post reply

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Frank Frazetta died today at the age of 82. His contributions to the visual arts are immeasurable. Frazetta has been an inspiration to artists world wide, particularly the kind that tend to end up in comics, videogames, VFX and any other medium that aims to make people say "wow that looks so awesome!".

When I was a child, I used to go to the library and comb through books looking for his art. He was the epitome of "cool". His artwork made my heart and imagination race. It was so beautiful, exciting, uplifting, engrossing, action packed, and timeless. There is a special timbre to his work, his style of rendering, his sense of design, his brush strokes, his choice of colors that is so far above the ken of almost every other modern artist (fantasy or fine artist alike). There is a sense of maturity and gravity to even his most fantastic work that just makes me believe it is happening. I can believe in his work unabashedly.

I know he's not directly related to games, but his presence can be felt in the work of game artists, and just artists in general world wide. I really hope he is properly memorialized. I really hope that at the very least, any visual artist who has been lucky enough to know Frazetta's work will take a moment to pause and reflect on what they have learned from Frazetta, and what they can continue to learn. Frazetta has left behind a rich legacy and the world will be a poorer place for not cherishing and celebrating it.




What!!!!!

That are sad news indeed. One of my favourite illustrators ever, he was a true living legend legend. One of the most influential pulp illustrators, his works will be greatly missed for many people around the world...

I'd heartily suggest anyone interested in his legacy to watch the documentary "Frazettta - Painting with Fire", where many famous artists (such as Neal Adams, Joe Jusko, Mark Schultz and Dave Gibbons) talk about how influential Frazetta's work was for them. In addition, it features some interviews to the artist himself and some of his relatives to give us a detailed insight to the man's life. Not to be missed by any pulp fan...

BTW, I expect they collect all his works in a single arrtbook, since the ones currently available are a bit messy to say the least. Too bad that, more often than not, we have to wait for the artists to die to get those compilations done...





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"Re(1):R.I.P. Frank Frazetta" , posted Tue 11 May 05:54post reply

I remember when I was a kid I would fantasize about the girls he would draw on magazine or CD covers...
I still think he was the best at drawing women





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"Re(2):R.I.P. Frank Frazetta" , posted Tue 11 May 07:06post reply

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I remember when I was a kid I would fantasize about the girls he would draw on magazine or CD covers...
I still think he was the best at drawing women




Wait, as a kid? Hey, I still do!!!





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"Re(3):R.I.P. Frank Frazetta" , posted Tue 11 May 07:19post reply

My painting instructor when I was a teenager introduced me to Frazetta's work, and I have been in awe of him ever since. As a matter of fact, if not for his illustrations, I may never have bought several works of fiction that have since become favorites, like the John Carter of Mars and Conan books. Like many of you have already said, his work was also very... evocative for me

This is awful, awful news. I had an opportunity to meet him several years ago with some cartoonist friends of mine. Stupidly, I instead did not call out sick from work and go with them, and now I'll never have the chance.





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"Re(4):R.I.P. Frank Frazetta" , posted Tue 11 May 07:27post reply

Lena Horne and Frank Frazetta both left us? What a crummy day this is turning out to be.