For me, like many I came across Frank's work when I was a teenager. A massive fan at the time of fantasy pick-a-path books and the board game HeroQuest - think Dungeons and Dragons lite - I had been sketching and writing my own fantasy based stuff for a while, and in researching for my 'art' efforts I came across this piece of Frazetta genius.
Titled The Silver Warrior it blew me away. It was a one-shot freeze frame of a story, I instantly wanted to read more of but couldn't. That was part of Frank's magic. No matter how still his art or subjects were - you always were left wanting to know what happened next. The mountains in the backdrop - so brief but any more would've made it too much... And the polar bears... see, in Frank's work you could and can easily loose yourself, no matter how often you look at it.
While I never picked up the paintbrush, it did inspire me to try something new. I picked up charcoal as a medium and took to working on bigger a scale, a messier scale, having fun with art and just pushing the black around, creating fantasy images in a medium that suited the atmosphere of the pieces and just experimenting with what the benefits of charcoal allow you to get away with.
Maybe those are lessons and experiences I need to re-learn and do some more of.
An artist then an icon always – Rest in peace Frank.
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