Artist Keith Parkinson passes away

I guess I never knew who he was.

But I recongnize his art style immediatly.

His paintings were some of the best I'd seen.

A sad day for Art fans (not just Fantasy art fans either).

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Erik Mona

Simply put, Keith Parkinson was one of the greatest painters ever to work on the Dungeons & Dragons game, if not the greatest. Who can forget the cover for "Queen of the Spiders," the ride of Lord Soth and his knights, and most especially the image of a band of draconians tracking their quarry in a snowy wilderness?

When I was a little kid looking at Dragon magazine and dreaming about how I might one day become its editor, I often pictured "my" Dragon having covers by Keith Parkinson. I regret that I won't be able to work with him, but most of all I regret that we will no longer see new works by one of the finest artists ever to work in the industry.

Farewell, Keith. You will be missed, but never forgotten.

--Erik Mona
Dragon & Dungeon

Jim Hague

First Post
I had to cruise out to the site to see Parkinson's work. Doing so, I was reminded of one of the ways I got into the hobby - I remember my first encounter with Dragon magazine, with a Parkinson cover. I was hooked, utterly hooked. Now, years later, I look at that cover, battered, a little torn, but it hasn't lost any of its power.

Farewell, Keith. And thank you.

All I can do is add my voice to the chorus of dismay at Mr. Parkinson's passing. His artwork was and is emblematic of Dungeons & Dragons.

May he be remembered forever.


Knight of Solamnia
I have several art books at home, from Dragonlance to AD&D to Dragon, and Keith's art within is some of my favorite. I would say that my absolute favorite is Lord Soth's Charge, followed by the classic picture of draconians - What Do You Mean, We're Lost?.

My condolences to his family and friends.

Here's to ya, Keith.


First Post
One of my favorite Parkinson images is the majestic red dragon with the treasure hoard that graced the cover of Dungeon #1. It stood for everything that made a dragon what it was supposed to be in a single image.



First Post
He's always been my favorite artist of the "big four". I wish I'd known he was ill. I was going through cancer treatment at the same time he was. :(

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