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What NON-D&D fantasy art got you hooked?


In the other thread, I talk about what D&D art really nails down what D&D means to you. By contrast, this thread is about what non-D&D fantasy art got you hooked line and sinker into fantasy, and drawn to rpgs in general. Most of us probably saw some fantasy art we were immediately drawn to before we saw and played RPGs. I'd love to see what that was for folks.




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The earliest one I remember was a book on Greek Mythology that feature a picture of Bellerophon and Chimera


(Not this pic)

But what really hooked me was - Frank Frazaetta art

I was reading Tarzan, Conan and Solomon Kane and consider those my main influences along with mythology and fairytale.


Hm. A long, long time ago, the Brohters Hildebrandt did a series of fantasy posters for Coca Cola, as a campus promotion. My eldest brother snagged copies for me...

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the Brothers Hildebrandt were a huge influence on me (they are in my original post). I first saw their art in Sword of Shannara, and I was hooked. There was a BH art book in my school library, and I think I checked that out every other week for the whole school year lol

I was always a sucker for Michael Whelan book art.
I love cheap book cover art. When I was a kid, I would sometimes go to the library or book store (especially used book stores) just to enjoy the covers on pulp books. Admittedly, I was more focused on more sci-fi and horror, but fantasy too.

I recently got this book, and it's amazing: Amazon.com: Paperbacks from Hell: The Twisted History of '70s and '80s Horror Fiction (9781594749810): Hendrix, Grady: Books
If there was a fantasy version, I'd buy it in a heartbeat.

In a different direction, but mother was/is a huge fan of the Lord of the Rings calendars with illustrations by the Hildebrant Brothers, and says they were one of the things that made her get into Tolkien.


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Rodney Matthews, despite his own best intentions (he's on record as saying D&D is the work of the Devil). I've based various adventures off works of his.


Mike Ploog gets an honorable mention here as well. Ever since I saw his work in Wizards, I loved it. I don't know for sure, but I would not be surprised if Bill Willingham's art in D&D wasn't to emulate Ploog's style.


Besides Frazaetta, I always remember when my aunt first got me the time life Enchanted World Series books:

When I got into D&D in 89/90 those were some of my main inspiration. I think I still have them somewhere.


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The Enchanted World Time-Life series really did have some compelling art. It was, I believe, the first time I ever saw Saturn Devouring His Young by Goya. And, man, that was disturbing to me as a kid.

Though I remember the commercials when I was a kid, I didn't actually pick any of them up until a few years back. They really are gorgeous. And how they weave all the tales together into a greater narrative in each volume. But we're talking art here...

Besides Frazaetta, I always remember when my aunt first got me the time life Enchanted World Series books:

When I got into D&D in 89/90 those were some of my main inspiration. I think I still have them somewhere.


Michael Whelan book covers at my local library were a big one, as was previously mentioned. I was also really into the box art of the old CRPGs that my brother used to play. Never cared for the games, but those big boxes were great. Even before that, though, when I was just a little kid, I used to be kind of obsessed with the background art in cartoons. Whether it was Disney, Hanna Barbera, Warner, or whatever. They evoked a lot of cool vibes and atmosphere.

Some old favorites off the top of my head:


The Black Cauldron


Sleeping Beauty


Bugs Bunny


Scooby Doo




He Man


I believe I was eight when I got into RPGs so I've got to go back to things before that.

So earlier things in addition to the previously noted Daulaire mythology books and Disney movies would have been like:

Professor Wormbog In Search for the Zipperump-a-Zoos.

How Drufus the Dragon Lost His Head.