|Cover image for the novel Eye of the Hunter|
The late Keith Parkinson's work is some of my favorite stuff. His images, along with those of Larry Elmore, were integral to my early gaming years. But where my exposure to Elmore's work was solely from D&D products, Parkinson's pictures came to me on other gaming products as well, such as the cover image from the original Rifts core rulebook:
That rulebook also contained some beautiful full-page paintings by Parkinson, and his work graced the covers of many of the Rifts sourcebooks.
His work was also featured on many a fantasy novel, and could even entice me to pick up the work of Terry Goodkind! ;-)
|Keith's cover for Goodkind's Stone of Tears|
To me, his work gave a good sort of reality, a solidity, to fantastical situations. It made the wondrous seem more possible. His work had a depth to it, and when I say that I mean that his images made me feel like I could step into them. But for all this feeling of the real, there was still something dream-like about them. His paintings have a vibrancy and level of detail that make you notice that detail and marvel at it:
Of course, when it comes to D&D, who could forget his famous Forgotten Realms boxed set cover:
And Elmore wasn't the only one to do a good turn at depicting the Dragonlance world:
|Lord Soth and some of his good friends!|
So, thanks Keith, where ever you may be, for the inspiration!