Like most boys, Russ Thorne definitely daydreamed about
slaying dragons, rescuing princesses and swinging big swords.
Unfortunately there wasn't much of that about in rural Yorkshire,
so he contented himself with reading Fighting Fantasy gamebooks,
playing Hero Quest and poring over issues of 'White Dwarf',
admiring the cover art in the process. He's published books on
tattoo art, and vampires and writes regularly for national
newspapers including the Independent.
Ken Kelly (foreword) is one of the most successful fantasy artists. The power and dynamism of his uncle, Frank Frazetta's style can be seen in Kelly's work, and he's covered a wide range of warriors and heroes, including Conan the Barbarian and Tarzan, as well as many album covers for rock bands such as KISS.
"This book covers many aspects of this style of fantasy art and appeal because it also shows how many of these artists put their paintings together which must surely widen its appeal. It's always a good sign when artists are generous with showing their techniques." -- sfcrowsnest