Friday, May 14, 2010

Ninja Mountain 65 - Remembering Frazetta

A great illustrator passed away this week, and we got several Ninjas together to talk about his life, and how he has affected us and other artists. Frank Frazetta remembered, this week on Ninja Mountain.

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MuYoung Kim said...

A lovely episode and tribute, indeed.

Thank you!

While Frazetta's loss is, without a doubt, saddening, the fact that he left such a complete body of work is amazing, and that he didn't leave anything "unfinished" per se is certainly a small comfort.

Frazetta...who turned down being a Giant because he already was one!

Gordon Napier said...

Very fitting tribute, also informative. No doubt Frazetta has joined the immortals, at least so far as fame in this genre of illustration is concerned.

Jan said...

Gosh, not many people commented. Hm, I thought the "Oh, horrible, a master has passed! Woes!" laments will happen here as well. (they happened all over the internetz)

I was sad.
Not sad enough to write a blogpost, sad enough to change my FB status. Shallow, right? :D

Seriously - I was sad, because we won't get any more Frazetta, just as I was sad when Angus McBride died.

About me being a fan of his, I discovered Frazetta fairly recently. I always knew he existed, but his stuff seemed rude to me. Like rough, blatant. Everyone says his Conan is the only true Conan - I thought he was close to the stories, but I've seen other painters get Conan better.
(and I still think so)
I didn't see the point in painting people naked just to show off muscles, ferociously grinning as they slice through someone's kneecaps. I despised the hinted backgrounds as unfinished and lazy.

Yeah, I was dumb.
A few years ago I realized what Frazetta did, why and how he did it and I sort of understood. I realized my art lacked any kind of dynamism put there on purpose.

So, I became a bit of a late fan. I learn from his paintings (and drawings! I don't like his Tolkien drawings all that much, but his ink drawings of Tarzan are bloody awesome) all the time and reading about him and watching the documentary, I admire his self-confidence and confidence he had in his own abilities and work he did.

So, that's that.

Dave Titus said...

I started drawing dragons and beast and creatures as soon as I discovered Frazetta back in the late 70's. He certainly inspired me to draw and draw from the imagaination. I'm still drawing those things today. Althoguh I don't havea simlilar style his work inspired me and he has been my idol since I first realized I was an artist.