Always Producing Art - an interview with Larry Elmore

Well known fantasy artist Larry Elmore has been perfecting his craft for over two decades. As a staff artist with TSR from 1981 - 1987 he worked on many Dungeons and Dragons products including the covers of the well known Dragonlance series. Since leaving TSR he has worked as a freelance artist with numerous publishers, illustrating books, magazines and gaming products as well as creating the Sovereign Stone series.

Winterwind: What's new? Are you working on any particular projects at the moment that you can tell us about?

Larry Elmore: I am finally able to work on some of my own projects. This year I'm transitioning from mostly publishing work to more of my own work. Here is the full announcement.

WW: Where do you draw your inspiration from?

LE: Everyday life, my own imagination, seasons, and my mood. If the art is for a particular project, then the idea comes from the book or the product. If it is a book, I read the book and pick a scene. This scene is what

represents the total feeling I get from the book.

WW: What do you feel was most influential on your style when you were starting out as an artist?

LE: Realist painters in Europe and America in the late 1800's and early 1900's. These include the Pre-Raphaelites, N.C. Wyeth, Maxfield Parrish and other early American artists and illustrators. I was most influenced by Frank Frazetta and have always loved the work of Jeff Jones. The Hilderbrant Bros was also a big influence.

WW: You worked for TSR for several years. What was it like to work for them in the "early days" when the mainstream media hadn't yet discovered the fantasy genre?

LE: It was great. We had a great time!

WW: Was your art of a similar style/feel before you were exposed to fantasy?

LE: Yes, for as long as I can remember, I have always drawn and painted in the style of fantasy.