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Saturday, September 6, 2008

Frank Frazetta Top 100 artists that you should know

Frank Frazetta Top 100 artists you must know, definitely this guy is also a machine and the god of fantasy illustration who inspired us for generations!

Frank Frazetta (born February 9, 1928) is an American fantasy and science fiction artist, noted for his Buck Rogers comic book covers for Famous Funnies and paperback book cover paintings on series' such as Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Conan the Barbarian by Robert E. Howard. His paintings gained added popularity in the 1970's, appearing in books, posters, prints, record covers, and various other merchandise. He is the subject of the 2003 nationally televised American film documentary Frank Frazetta, Painting with Fire.

Frazetta was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. At the age of eight, with the insistence of his school teachers, Frazetta's parents enrolled him in the Brooklyn Academy of Fine Arts. He attended the academy for eight years under the tutelage of Michael Falanga, an award-winning Italian fine artist. Falanga was struck by Frazetta's significant talent. Frazetta's abilities flourished under Falanga, who dreamed of sending Frazetta to Europe, at his own expense, to further his studies. Unfortunately, Falanga died suddenly in 1944 and with him, his dream. As the school closed about a year after Falanga's passing, Frazetta was forced to find work to earn a living.

At 16, Frazetta started drawing for comic books that varied in themes: westerns, fantasy, mysteries, histories and other contemporary themes. Some of his earliest work was in funny animal comics, which he signed as "Fritz". During this period he turned down job offers from giants such as Walt Disney. In the early 1950s, he worked for EC Comics, National Comics (including the superhero feature "Shining Knight"), Avon and several other comic book companies. Much of his work in comic books was done in collaboration with friends Al Williamson and Roy Krenkel.

Through the work on the Buck Rogers covers for Famous Funnies, Frazetta started working with Al Capp on his Li'l Abner comic strip. Frazetta was also producing his own strip, Johnny Comet at this time, as well as assisting Dan Barry on the Flash Gordon daily strip. In 1961, after nine years with Capp, Frazetta returned to regular comics. Having emulated Capp's style for so long, Frazetta's own work during this period looked a bit awkward as his own style struggled to reemerge.

Work in comics for Frazetta was hard to find, however. Comics had changed during his period with Capp and his style was deemed antiquated. Eventually he joined Harvey Kurtzman doing the parody strip Little Annie Fanny in Playboy magazine.

All his work are mostly in oil, they are master pieces!!!
*Could you imagine what he could do with Photoshop or Painter?

8 comments:

Knuckles930 said...

Speaking of great artists, I think M. C. Escher would suit this list also.
An Dutch artist known for this mathematically inspired works.

He has made some really mind blowing pieces, specially the visual deceiving works and interlocking patterns are very nice.

An other one, more current, would be Micheal Lau. He is said to be the inventor of the Urban Vinyl (designer toys).

Luca said...

I am really enjoying these kind of information! At college I had to study Reinassance and believe I really didn't enjoy the lessons! -_-
I never heard of these artists but now I surely can study a bit about them! Thanks Xia! Also thanks goes to you 'knuckles930'!

Z.A.T said...

yeah! I love his works very much! my dad has a tattoo of his work! : D

Chris said...

Everybody loves this guy, and it's quite easy to see why. Can't believe that article doesn't mention Conan anywhere.

pokepetter said...

Both Tarzan and Conan are mentioned in the 2nd paragraph.

Chris said...

Erm.....wow. How did I miss that? Must remember to take off my shades in doors or something.

XIA said...

Knuckle> Thanks bro, I will keep them on the list and check them out. :)

Luca> I was kinda like that back then, though I do like some of them classical ones as you will find out when I post more. Back then both Frezetta and Mucha wasn't considered worthy of academic study. I don't know what were they thinking (probably because these two are highly commercialize, which I think it's absurd not to give them high regards.)

Z.A.T> Yeah, he is one of the true master!

Chris> True, he's second to none and the best of its kind. BTW: I put Conan's Illustration on the post! :) that should make you happy!

pokepotter>> Thanks, keen eyes you've got there.

Chris said...

lol thanks Xia... I'll go put my other eyes in :/

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