Art of the Genre

Larry Elmore had a girl, once, long ago before he moved out of the TSR pit and became a freelance artist.  She was lovely, with small pouting lips, pointed chin, and eyes that would look right through you to the horizon.  She was replaced by models, hundreds of them that have entered his work over the past thirty years, but this inorganic girl, the one from pure imagination in the early 1980s is still my favorite.  She was Larry's muse, or at least I'll argue that, because you find her in all his ladies of that era.  I miss her...

Written by Scott Taylor — July 20, 2016



On one hand, Elmore’s art is iconic to 2nd Edition AD&D and brings back many, many wonderful memories.

On the other hand, I was always a bit annoyed that all of his women looked basically the same and I wished he had crafted his artistic skills to create a more varied look for the women appearing in his art. This is where artists like Parkinson and Beauvais excelled in style over Elmore.

July 20 2016 at 01:07 PM


Well, to be fair, Larry did change the look of his ladies after leaving TSR when he started using live models exclusively, but that lost the ‘fantasy’ for me. I don’t like too much reality in my fantasy, ala Fred Fields, so Larry having an ‘it girl’, never bothered me but instead added to the unreality of the games.

July 21 2016 at 01:07 PM

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