Jun 6, 2016

A Few Favorite Elmore Illustrations

In the early 80's TSR transitioned from using talented amateurs to hiring professional illustrators. One of the first was Larry Elmore, this marked a huge change in the overall look and feel of D&D products. I can't help but have a fondness for this art since it was when I was in high school and starting to take a serious interest in drawing and painting. These are some of my favorite illustrations by Larry Elmore.

This was the first piece of art by Elmore I had seen. What's not to love? Pig faced orcs! An epic encounter with a cavalier, and a dynamic composition. Ok, maybe those orcs do look a little like people in masks, but I still like this one.

Sometimes Elmore could really create an emotional scene:

For a time this was very much my mental image of what D&D was:

And I can't believe I just discovered this while looking up reference for this post. Larry Elmore illustrated the arcade cabinet of one of my favorite video games of all time. I should have recognized his style!


  1. The cavalier is one of favorites as well. I cut it out and taped to the front of my trapper keeper. :)

  2. I'm not a fan of the new art style, I don't know what it is, I just can't get into it. To me, Elmore was Dungeons & Dragons and always will be. Yes, you had lots of other great artists contributing to the books, but Elmore was ALWAYS the star of the show.

  3. The cover of Dragon #62 (which was my first issue) is my favorite Elmore piece.