Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Imagination Dealer

As you already know, Frank Frazetta died yesterday. He passed away leaving behind a huge body of work, that will outlive most of us and continue to inspire generations to come.

Frazetta, like no other visual artist, awakened my childhood imagination and influenced my approach to the RPG hobby (even though I didn't know it was him at the time, back then I was only familiar with his Conan covers). Although his paintings are full of epic themes and pulp adventure, I think it's important to take some time and look closely at some of his works. Because the fundamental question is:

How the hell did he paint that moss?!


  1. It looks like the mossy 'pattern' is actually a texture.

    Probably paint, but possibly some kind of modelling paste.

    Once dried, a darker 'wash' could be applied to bring out the pattern - the same process you would use on a miniature figure.

    Using this technique probably saved him countless hours as opposed to trying to finely paint every detail. It's probably a lot more striking in person.

  2. Thanks, thought it was just a rhetorical question.