Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Homage to Frazetta.

Michael Whynot, 2012 (after Frazetta). Graphite.


Frank Frazetta (1928-2010) was, arguably, the greatest fantasy illustrator of the 20th century. His paintings sell for fine art prices. But, as good as they are, I believe Frazetta will be remembered as one of the greatest draftsmen of all time. His pen and ink drawings are, quite simply, some of the best ever done. Some critics dismiss him because of his subject matter, but if they can see past this, they will find a draftsman on par with Michelangelo and Raphael. Students should study and make copies after his works just as they would the renaissance masters. There is a wealth of technique to be learned here. I will post some of his drawings in a future post. Above is my study of one of his sketches.