Videogame Artists Pay Tribute to Late Fantasy Legend

Videogame Artists Pay Tribute to Late Fantasy Legend

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Earlier this week, Frank Frazetta - an artist who all but defined the "heroic fantasy" look - passed away, and artists from studios like Blizzard and Double Fine have paid the legend a touching tribute.

It's difficult to overestimate the impact that the late Frank Frazetta has had on the visual styling of contemporary fantasy. The man helped define the modern-day look of characters like Conan the Barbarian and Tarzan, and became renowned for pictures of awesome-looking, muscular and half-naked warriors and hot, scantily-clad fantasy babes - you know, everything that's awesome about fantasy art.

On Monday, Frazetta passed away at the age of 82. Seeing as how Frazetta's style had inspired generations of videogame makers and artists, our colleagues at Kotaku contacted some of the artists in question to see if they would draw a piece honoring Frazetta's style, influence, and memory.

Sure enough, many rose to the challenge. You have pieces from Brutal Legend developer Double Fine, for one - and given that game's art style, is it any wonder that they considered Frazetta an influence? Blizzard's Sam "Samwise" Didier chipped in with Warcraft's Alliance and Horde paying tribute to the fallen, and the maker of Canabalt took a more pixelated, NES-era approach.

Perhaps the two most awesome pieces in the bunch, though, come from Capybara Games, a Canadian indie studio responsible for developing Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes for Ubisoft. Tri Vuong nails the dynamic "half-naked muscular beefcake and half-naked fantasy babe" Frazetta look perfectly, even if I'm not sure what that monster-thing is supposed to be. My favorite picture is from Capy Games' cofounder Anthony Chan, though, who delivers a collection of Frazetta-inspired characters that is more than a fitting sendoff to a legendary artist.

The full gallery is available over at Kotaku, and it's an excellent send-off to a man who inspired so many to pick up pencil and paper. Kudos to all of the artists who sent stuff in, and I hope we'll see even more in the days to come.

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Never heard of him, but if he got that much response he must be a big name. So RIP, Mister Father-of-Heroic-Fantasy.

That is some pretty impressive work I have to say. Colour me impressed!

Amazing tributes as I could see by now, definitely what Frazetta deserved!

He will long live on through his works...great man

DUDE!!! I had no idea Frazetta had died...!! This is terrible news... and now I've got to inform my brother (big Conan fan).

I am glad Escapist pays tribute to those who had great influence within certain entertaiment mediums.

But I am saddend another iconic hero passed away, we are getting these kind of news alot nowadays. Rest in peace.

That is an awesome tribute!

Big respect to anyone who has command of hand eye coordination along with the imagination to create new and unique works.

Mackheath:
Never heard of him, but if he got that much response he must be a big name. So RIP, Mister Father-of-Heroic-Fantasy.

You might not know him, but you without question have seen his influence.

I saw his death mentioned elsewhere a few days ago, and whilst I've never been renowned for my knowledge of artists names, I do however remember inspiring pieces that I'd seen.

I heard his name and it automatically seemed familiar, did a google search and yep, my thoughts were confirmed.

We've lost a true great, I may not have known his name, but I sure as hell knew his work.

RIP Mr. Frazetta.

Susan Arendt:

Mackheath:
Never heard of him, but if he got that much response he must be a big name. So RIP, Mister Father-of-Heroic-Fantasy.

You might not know him, but you without question have seen his influence.

Agreed, it's hard to miss his work even if you don't know his name.

R.I.P. Frank, you've inspired countless people and created some of the most striking art pieces I've ever seen. Here's to Frank!

Very cool.

Coelasquid of Manly Guys Doing Manly Things fame did something similar with the Barbarians for Frank action.

Now, I have even more reason to get Might & Might: Clash of Heroes...AGAIN when it comes to the download services. To support people who do awesome tributes.

All of those are amazing, and I want to support all of these people for being...well...AWESOME.

Hurr Durr Derp:
Very cool.

Coelasquid of Manly Guys Doing Manly Things fame did something similar with the Barbarians for Frank action.

Beat me to it, but yeah, his collection is worth looking at, as well.

In the words of Duke Nukem:

Hail to the King, baby!

R.I.P.

But who drew that Black Metal looking fella killing the green stuff with his guitar.

So, not only covering Kotaku material this time, but actually copying their comments on the art word for word? Nice work.

The passing of a Titan -salute-.

Deviant Art has been a cavalcade of awesomeness since Frazetta's passing.

Here's a few I found that are excellent, in my opinion:
FRANK FRAZETTA -RIP by joejusko [NSFW]
Conaness by tegehel [NSFW]
Silver Warrior by surfaceart
Frazetta Black and White by surfaceart [NSFW]
Frank Frazetta Tribute by el-grimlock
RIP Frank Frazetta by jollyjack

Had this man been a part of my artistic growth, I would be amongst the many who look to Frazetta as the legend he is. For once, being a 90's kid sucks.

Holy shit. This guy is more or less my hero and I can't believe he's gone. It's really quite sad. Rest in peace man, you deserve it.

 

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