Frank Frazetta, one of the most influential if not the most influential artist in fantasy artwork, passed away today. As a comic book fan, I came across his artwork there, as he did some comic book work, but his work included film posters, book covers, album art and more.
He was best known for his lush painted pieces, often with a dark twist to them. He painted classic characters like Conan the Barbarian and Tarzan. His "Death Dealer" was so iconic that a book was written specifically to go with his artwork.
He inspired generations of artists, and his influence can still be seen in fantasy, science fiction and elsewhere today.
You can see a wide variety of his work at fan site FrankFrazetta.org.