I was sad to hear about the passing of Frank Frazetta, perhaps the greatest Fantasy Artist of all-time. His style was highly emulated but no one came close to capturing the essence of the human figure in the midst of whatever action sequence he was inspired to paint. His use of color and light is stunning.
I found out about Frazetta during college when I was trying my best to learn anatomy and figure drawing as well as how to use a brush to ink with. Frazetta was a master at it all and his work is a great place for young artists to learn some of those important basics. I was especially taken with Frazetta’s Buck Rogers Art which was amazing. Here’s a drawing I did back in college trying to learn from The Master. As you can tell I had a lot to learn and still do. That’s one thing I love about being a comic artist/cartoonist. you never stop learning.
Frazetta did this great documentary a few years back. I never bought it but saw bits and piece of it on PBS or something. If you want to be a comic book artist doing super hero stuff this is a must buy.
Frazetta got his start as an assistant for Al Capp who drew the comic strip L’il Abner. I always liked the art in Abner but the story lines always left me cold. Even then you could see the greatness in Frazetta’s work and the line quality was to die for.
This is one of the kind of iconic images Frank Frazetta was famous for. If you aren’t familiar with his work but you swear you”ve seen it before, It was on the cover of a Molly Hatchett record from the 70’s. Frazetta died today at 82. His work lives on which is really what every artist dreams of.
As always comments are welcome!!!