Incredible Artwork By Legendary Fantasy Artist Frank Frazetta


Most of this art comes from the Frank Frazetta Facebook fan page. A lot of this work I have never seen before, and it was just so cool that I had to post it. I will update it with more images soon.


"Sorcerer" by Frank Frazetta (1965)


"Swamp Demon/Witch of the Dark Gate" by Frank Frazetta (1968)


(Scanned from original art) Illustration from E.R.B.'s "At the Earth's Core" portfolio (Opar 1968) art by Frank Frazetta.


Lo & behold, a much better scan. Thanks for ID'ing this one, Patrick. Art by Frank Frazetta (1983) from the book ULTIMATE TRIUMPH.


Creepy #17 "Executioner" original cover art. "Executed" by Frank Frazetta in 1967


"Autumn People" by Frank Frazetta (1965)


'Warrior with Ball And Chain' © 1973 Frank Frazetta


'Pillow Book' watercolor by Frank Frazetta


"Ponytail" © Frank Frazetta (1967)


"Cornered" by Frank Frazetta (1970)


Production art for the film FIRE AND ICE by Frank Frazetta(1982)


LUANA preliminary art by Frank Frazetta (1968)


E.R.B.'s "At the Earth's Core" preliminary art by Frank Frazetta (1965)


'King Conan' ink illo by Frank Frazetta


"Mongol Tyrant" by Frank Frazetta (1967)


'Tarzan & the Jewels of Opar' by Frank Frazetta (1963)


"Savage Pellucidar" by Frank Frazetta (1964)

I take no credit for this artwork, most of the dates of creation are here for each piece, if some info is incorrect, send me a shout out and I will fix it. Check back, I will update this page with new art soon.

Book of Magical Charms

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In the early modern period, the practice of religion involved various modes of reading and disseminating texts, in both public and private. Most European Christians participated in a culture of religion in which faith was displayed and practiced out in the streets as well as in the privacy of their own homes. Members of the book trade participated in this culture as well, providing readers with the materials needed to celebrate religious occasions of all kinds.


Many of these printed materials were ephemeral in nature, meaning that they focused on current events and were cheaply produced. Yet, the arrival of printing in the West in the middle of the 15th century did not signal the end of the manuscript. Books that were written and circulated by hand remained vitally important, particularly since rises in literacy did not always equal the ability to own books and many people borrowed books and copied them.



Two unidentified hands penned the Book of Magical Charms in England sometime in the seventeenth century. The book is a distinctive collection of selected passages from works on magic and various occult arts that describe everything from speaking with spirits to cheating at dice to curing a toothache. The book also includes a section of Latin prayers, litanies, and other magical charms that seem to stick more closely to mainstream religious practices.

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Trees in Fantasy as Symbols


I happened to run across this interesting article about Trees in Fantasy and thought how fitting this is to my story Grasspeople.

TREES IN FANTASY – PART ONE: TREES AS SYMBOLS

by Steph Humm

Magic in fantasy, myth and legend usually occurs as a natural phenomenon, with its own place in the world of the story outside of what is created by mankind and civilization. The connection between magic and nature has been a common theme in fantastical tales since the earliest days of storytelling. Trees, both individually and collectively as part of woods and forests, are an iconic symbol of this connection and feature heavily in many of the world’s favorite tales, often flavoring the background as motifs, settings and even characters in stories that have spanned thousands of years.


Trees have come to symbolize everything to do with life, from the fertility of their fruit and blossom-bearing branches to the history of their roots. So it is not surprising that creation stories from mythology and religious scripture around the world favor trees as a central and often pivotal element in the fate of mankind.


In Norse mythology, the entire structure of the universe is dependent on Yggdrasill, the World Tree. The giant ash connects all the nine worlds, supported by three roots that extend to Asgard, the home of the gods, Jotunheim, the land of giants, and Niflheim, a realm of primordial ice. Other European countries, including Germany, Latvia and Lithuania have their own interpretation of the World Tree as a home to the spirits of the dead whereas in early Indian mythology there is a cosmic tree named Asvattha whose branches grow toward the Earth while its roots reach into the sky.


The idea of the World Tree has been explored in many fictional settings including Neil Gaiman’s American Gods, Roger Zelazny’s The Chronicles of Amber, and is even represented by the tower in Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series. The use of the tree as a uniting structure emphasizes the connecting force of nature and binds together all phases of life and death in one cyclical whole.


The Norse gods held their meetings at their holy tree, a natural seat of power, and are said to have created the first man and woman (Ask and Embla) from an ash and elm tree respectively. This tale of the origin of people connects mankind to the structure of the world, giving the impression of a natural power bestowed on us by the gods, a cosmic link to nature and therefore a responsibility to the world we inhabit. More...



Epic Fantasy Art


Traveling the internet, I ran across this awesome post on Imgur. I'm not taking credit for these, just some great fantasy art by a range of artists. Check it out here.

8 Fantasy Films From The 80's You Probably Forgot.



Savages! Dinosaurs! Lasers! The early eighties is a golden period for aficionados of trashy sci-fi and fantasy movies. The brain boggles with how some of these ever got made. We have here a list of 8 Fantasy Films of the 80’s that you might have forgotten. Here goes…


1. “The Dungeonmaster” (1984)

The devious “Dungeonmaster” seizes a computer fellow and throws him into a cell to confront its trials. One of them is the metal band W.A.S.P. I can’t figure out why. The eighties were an extraordinary time. As awful a film as “The Dungeonmaster” is, it figured out how to leave its sign on pop culture with the quotation, “I reject your reality and substitute my own!”




2. “The Warrior and the Sorceress” (1984)

David Carradine, who got acclaimed by playing the warrior monk Cain on the hit TV show “Kung Fu”, essays the role of “Kain the Warrior” in this appalling Conan knock-off by John C. Broderick. Wikipedia states that it is “noted chiefly for containing extensive nudity and violence.”




3. “The Blade Master” (1984)

Bombs, cannibals, snake gods, a person named “Thong” … It is no big surprise that this film got treatment in the Mystery Science Theater 3000 way.




4. “Yor: The Hunter from the Future” (1983)

Reb Brown is Yor, a primitive tribesman out to find his origins in a world populated by dinosaurs and androids. Sadly, our own world is populated by film critics, and none of them preferred “Yor”. There’s a scene in the film in which Yor murders a goliath bat and afterward utilizes it as a hang plane, so at any rate it has that letting it all out.




5. “Deathstalker” (1983)

Deathstalker the warrior sets out on a mission to recover a set of magical things in the ownership of an insidious wizard and his monstrous cohorts. “Deathstalker” isn’t too terrible; however it’s not great either. I don’t know why the person is named Deathstalker, either. As it is, he doesn’t chase death.




6. “Krull” (1983)

“Columbia Pictures presents a world apart from anything you’ve seen before!” Good. We should keep it that way, Columbia. This is one of my personal favorites.




7. “The Sword and the Sorcerer” (1982)

Prince Talon and his three-bladed projectile sword fight the malevolent King Cromwell in this shockingly dull b-motion picture. Talon’s sword gave me geek anger as a child. It’s ungainly and ineffectively built for battling hand-to-hand. What’s more, a crossbow or even a simple bow and arrow would be a far superior choice for battling at a distance.

Grasspeople Microcosm



Looking past all of the obvious nature, digging in deeper into the smaller spaces there is a whole world of discovery.



Many times during a hike I will stop and just get in as close as possible to see what is there.



While people are passing me by scratching their heads on the hiking trail, i'm taking mental notes for interesting things to tell in my stories. All good stories have to start somewhere, for me and Grasspeople, it's the little things that we almost don't notice.








Inspired by nature

 
The wonder and beauty of Mother Nature never ceases to inspire me.


You find the most beautiful and delicate things if you only open your eyes. This is one of the major reasons I love hiking. These are things you can't really appreciate completely in a book or photo.


Life is all around us everywhere.


The beauty and the colors inspire ideas for character costumes and an overall feel of my concepts.
    

Besides photography, when I hike I will often stop and sketch if something catches my eye.


These creatures have their own rules and their own problems. Sometimes our paths cross.


Nature is truly phenomenal.


I haven't started any water type creatures for my stories yet, but I fell them coming.


These are just a few photos from my travels that I wanted to share because they inspired this series.



New characters coming to the grasspeople series part 2


Now that issue 1 of Grasspeople has been released, I can show some of the new characters making appearances in upcoming issues. It's going to be an adventure.


Grasspeople Released Today!


Grasspeople #1


Grasspeople #1

Cover by: Allan Linder


Written by: Allan Linder


Art by: Allan Linder



Price: $2.99



The Alchemist's way


Struggling with his rite of passage and no place to call home, a boy is forced to become a man. Wandering through an uncharted land, every decision he makes could end his life searching for the Mother Tincture.



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The print version is available here.






A look inside Grasspeople Comic Book series


Grasspeople is a story I wrote back in 1997. I started drawing the main characters, and story boarded the pages for the book. About a year later, I finished most of the rough drawing during the layout of the book. Life and work have many distractions so this project ended up on the shelf along with Prisoner of the Mind. At that time, I was working in the animation industry which took up most of my time. Rediscovering this story a few years ago in a box of forgotten things was a pleasant surprise, it revived my energy in the idea and I knew I had to finish it.

The story itself is not a new idea, there are countless stories about a book, there are countless stories about a boy coming of age, but this one is about the people that care for a book about their own history which time has forgotten.


Grasspeople is inspired by nature. At first glance at the photo above what do you see?


Look deeper, what do you see? I am certain that their is a myriad of creatures and an entire ecosystem that lives beneath these plants. These questions intrigued me because we are so self absorbed with our influences and our own human dynamics that we sometime forget about the small things in life. Their are little details and little lives that are all around us if we just look closer.


Can't you just see a little creature come out from under the brush above and stare at you. "Why are you looking at me that way?" he asks. All of these little details are essential to Grasspeople, it is their whole world, it is their own influence and their self absorbed dynamic. They are striving to do the same thing you and I do. Live!


Who lives in the shadows and these dark secret places? Are they just trying to survive too or do they have a more sinister plan in mind. Grasspeople is about mystery, survival and the quest to find out who you really are and what you are made of. Everything your parents taught you comes down to this. Did they give you good advice? Can you live by it? or will it put your life in jeopardy because you made the wrong choice. This is part of the adventure.


Monk is the son of an alchemist and the archivist of his people’s history. On his thirteenth birthday following the tradition of his people, Monk sets off on an inner journey to find himself on the way to becoming a man. Along his spiritual odyssey, he discovers his worst nightmares that challenge his inner strength and a life of learning. Using the knowledge of his people that was passed down through generations, he begins to find out who he really is, but at great personal sacrifice.



The Grasspeople story arc is roughly 5 books, but who knows where this will take me. Let's start the journey together today.