This past weekend at JordanCon 6, I had many fun adventures, but one of the most special events for me was getting the opportunity to meet Larry Elmore. Larry is a long-time professional artist who’s best known for his art used for Dungeons and Dragons, Dragonlance, and other fantasy-themed worlds.
When I was in junior high school, I used to collect magazines and books that featured his art. Often, I would buy a book simply because it featured his work on the cover. I subscribed to Dragon magazine back then, and I tended to keep the issues with his artwork on the front. Anytime I saw his stuff inside the magazine, I would clip it out and save it somewhere. (I’ve seen lost most of those old magazines. Ugh….)
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One of the first things I did when I got to Atlanta for the convention was to introduce myself to Larry. I was delighted to see that he was a kind man, quick to smile, and as friendly as could be. He gladly signed a few of my old D&D and Dragonlance books (shown above), and was more than happy to pose for a photo with me. In fact, when I asked him if we could take a picture together, he threw his arm around my waist like we were old buddies.
Of course I couldn’t leave empty handed. Larry had much of his art available for sale, and I gladly purchased a signed print for this gorgeous painting called, “Circle of Death.” What I love above it is the tension between the dragon and the warrior. I especially love the detail of the warrior’s sword, as it’s magical power carves a line in the snow. On his website, Larry comments on this painting:
I enjoyed painting this piece, it reminds me of the old Red Dragon painting, the Basic D&D box cover, but at a much more mature level. The dragon and the warrior appear to be much older, in this painting, and much more experienced. — Larry Elmore
When I got home, I framed the print (which is numbered 97/1,500) and hung it on the wall in my office. Click each image below to see a larger version.
Thanks, Larry, for your wonderful art, and for taking the time to chat with me.
I’m starting to run out of room on my walls!