In the past 50+years,anyone that ever drew a barbarian,battle axe in hand,knew and loved Franks work,sad day for the community. Thanks for the catalogue of brilliance.
I suddenly had to think about Frank yesterday. Now i learn he passed away that day.
Rest in peace Frank. I owe you so much. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I've been digging through my stack of print and digital files sobbing like a baby since yesterday.
The thing that struck me in particular about this image is how it combines so many elements that he became a legend in doing. Not just the subject matter of a barbarian against a big snake (or bear, ape, wolf, gator, etc.,) a girl with a big ass, and a demon/wizard, but also in the presentation. The scumbled background with shadowy figures and architecture that merges with the foreground, and the way he constructed the figures, and how he handled the midtones. He pulled it all together with power and perfection that cannot be improved upon. You see these things in anyone else's work now and they fall short, like imitating Fuchs or Leyendecker or Wyeth.
There should be celebrations, parades, and honors galore. He was a supreme artist of the highest caliber. I will miss him greatly.
RIP Frank, you certainly left your mark on this world before you passed into the next and I'm sure you went there with no regrets - you had an event filled and enchanting life.
Your human personage will be missed but your outstanding work will live on and be cherished by many generations to come
He left behind a great legacy. The man must of felt a great emptiness at his core after his wife passed away, I can only imagine. Makes me think of my grandfather. I wish they both RIP together.
I still got your art and that's all you ever were to me! Chere's mate! This art stuff's bigger then all of us!
OH MAN. I totally had a premonition. This weekend I thought about him and said 2 myself, "he's not going to be around much longer." And then, my teacher told me today that he passed away. We have lost one of the greatest illustrators who have ever lived.
This is truly sad news. Frank Frazetta has been one of the biggest influences on me. Not only for his art, but for his tenacity and strength of will to not let life break him down. I'm sure many here have seen the documentary where they show Frank, having suffered six strokes already and losing ability in his right hand, train himself to draw with his left hand. He draws a big, feral cat with all the verve and ferocity as anything he'd done before. He was the real deal.
Living in Pennsylvania I was only about an hour and a half from the Frazetta residence. I only made a trip to the museum once. Looking back, I wish I had gone once a month. I went about 6 years ago. Frank wasn't around but I had the privilege of meeting his wife, Ellie. She was an amazing woman. She walked around the museum with me and told me some great stories about Frank as we talked about the art. I'll never forget her or that day. And I'll never forget Frank or his art.
"Contrary to the belief of the layman, the essential of art is not to imitate nature, but under the guise of imitation to stir up excitement with pure plastic elements: measurements, directions, ornaments, lights, values, colors, substances, divided and organized according to the injunctions of natural laws. While so occupied, the artist never ceases to be subservient to nature, but instead of imitating the incidents in a paltry way, he imitates the laws."-Andre Lhote
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I've posted my thoughts about Frank for anyone that's interested here:
Whether you were a fan of his work or not, I hope everyone will remember Frazetta as the guy that significantly helped change things for the better for artists everywhere. Until Frazetta, publishers routinely kept all of the art they commissioned. Until Frazetta, artist copyrights were rarely if ever acknowledged. Until Frazetta, there weren't any books devoted to genre art or illustrators. Until Frazetta an illustrator had never been featured in American Artist, much less on the cover. What fantasy art posters were widely available until the first Frazetta World Beater releases in the 1970s? None that I can think of...
He opened a lot of doors, not just for himself, but for us all. Frank was one of a kind and there'll never be another quite like him.
I don't know if this link has popped up yet here, but there's a very good interview with Frazetta from The Comics Journal that everyone here should read.
The King is dead , long live the King.
Jelly Tots x 1,000,000
I still can't believe he's gone. It's like a direct connection to another era has been lost.
The strange thing is, I got around to downloading a load of his paintings last weekend and spent a long time admiring time. His paintings made me lost for words and just, EXCITED.
All I could think was it's going to be a sad day when this man passes away. A lot of people seemed to have been getting these random feelings during the week. It's like we spoke too soon.
But I'm glad I got looking at his work again and was alive and mature enough to appreciate his work and the fact that, at the time, a legend like him was actually still alive.
Frazetta - the name is carved in our history. Though the wind may blow his dust away, the stone will not erode for a thousand years, and now others may stand upon it.
CRITIQUE AS YOU WOULD BE CRITIQUED
THE ABOVE LINK IS ALL YOU NEED
http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...d.php?t=200044 <- Sketchbook - filled with unhappy things.
Just got the news this morning, very sad. Frank Frazetta opened up so many new worlds in my young life. He brought creative thought to a unique level. There is nothing that a person can see in his or her minds eye that canít be expressed upon the canvas or paper.
The artist was one of a kind. He fought the good fight and won most of the time. I was lucky enough to visit his museum in 2006 and meet with Mrs. Ellie. You could tell that she and Frank were soul bonded.
Some people are offended with other artists that emulate Frank, I just feel that it is a sort of hero worship and as long as it isnít outright theft am not offended.
I stand ready for the next unique art style to emerge. When will it happen, a year from now, ten? Who will it be? This is all unknown, but the fact is, they will be compared to this GREAT artist Frazetta, although for me I donít think he will ever be passed.
RIP my friend, Bruce
Im personally blown away by the vitality of the work. He really sees an image in his mind, that noone else used before.
I think the angle of the boy jumping into the water (2nd page) is just crazy! And it works soo well!
One of my main inspirations as an artist - hell I would say he's an inspiration to pretty much any fantasy artist out there. Very sad that his gone, although on the bright side he did live a very long and forfilling life, and he'll continue to inspire for many more generations even after death.