Saturday, February 1, 2014

The February Art Fest, or Why Dungeons and Dragons Art Rocks

Do you remember the first great piece of art you saw?

When you came up with that answer how many of you named a painting by Clyde Caldwell, Larry Elmore, or Jeff Easley? Or did you think of Dave Trampier, Will Eisner, Steve Ditko, or Jack Kirby? The odds are pretty good that you didn't think of any of these guys because when most of us think of art we tend to look for names like Picasso, Bruegel, El Greco, and Michelangelo - all serious men who took their art to serious places.

Listen, I'm going to tell you a secret that a lot of people don't want you to know: art isn't about being serious; it's about how it impacts you and helps shape you as a person. So when it comes to talking about the first great piece of art you saw it needs to be something that moved you in some way (whether we're talking emotionally, intellectually, or spiritually) and stuck with you throughout the years. 

So with that in mind I'm going to be spending the month of February highlighting some of my favorite works from the artists of Dungeons and Dragons. It's already started today with a painting by Clyde Caldwell and it's going to continue on throughout the rest of the month. Now I'm going to continue with my normal D&D content as well, but every day I'm going post at least once about an artist who helped shape me, and who hopefully impacted your life as well. 

So what was your first great piece of art?


  1. From D&D it was probably "Northwatch" by Keith Parkinson.

  2. Be that as it may, the first piece of art I saw that really moved me so much that I can remember seeing it for the first time to this day is "Gala and the Angelus of Millet Immediately Preceding the Arrival of the Conic Anamorphoses" by Dali.


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