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Then and Now by JeffDee Then and Now by JeffDee
A side-by-side comparison between my 1980 drawing of Elric from the first edition of Deities and Demigods (TSR Hobbioes, 1980) and my 2011 re-creation of it. Check out my latest Kickstarter project to re-create my old TSR art: [link]
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:iconjedibaritone:
Jedibaritone Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2015
When I was a kid, reading all the D & D books, it was your art that sent my brain into realms of imagination.  Thank you for that, Mr Dee.
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TorinZece Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2014
Face does not feel so...
...Scrunched.
Like it better!

More texture and feeling for sure!
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PaintingintheRain Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
That gesture is supposed to ward off the evil eye, and Steve Ditko probably knew that.
When they dropped Elric and Cthulhu they should have added all those extra drawings you have since the book lost a lot of pages and they put nothing in their place.
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theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2013
It's clearer, I say - better details
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twopynts Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2013  Professional General Artist
Jeff, it is awesome to see you here. I grew up on TSR's D&D artwork and your stuff featured heavily in it. Glad to see some of these awesome images given new life!
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Sebathius Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
I always loved your work, Jeff. When I first got into D&D in 1983, your work inspired my artwork. I really hope your kickstarter is successful!

Btw, if you ever are interested in letting a colorist play with your work, I would be honored to do one out of whatever you are allowed to recreate!
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Elric630 Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
I remember Deities and Demigods 1st edition. Didn't you also draw Arioch, Xiombarg, and Yyrkoon?
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:iconjeffdee:
JeffDee Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012
Yeah, you can find them all in the Kickstarter folder in my Gallery.

-Jeff Dee
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:iconlalato:
lalato Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2012
I wish you could do a then vs now for all the new drawings. :)
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dmnknite Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
I saved my deities and demigods book jkust for the Melnibonean Mythos...love it
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:icontoxichuk:
toxichuk Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Awesome- I loved your illustrations in the Deities and Demigods book! Glad to see you're still doing artwork- will definitely follow you DeviantArt page!
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JeffDee Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
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toxichuk Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
"your" page... really hate self-induced typos...
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:iconcalebcleveland:
calebcleveland Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Solid gold. Thank you for sharing this!
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:iconburning-torso:
Burning-Torso Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
Absolutely love it! An unexpected surprise to see this art get an update after all these years.
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:iconjeffdee:
JeffDee Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
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fellwalker710 Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Huh. So that's what 41 years of experience do. Great to awesome. The detail and the better facial proportion. Very awesome. Did you do all the art because I don't think I own my Deities and Demi-gods anymore but I still remember that amazing full page piece of Thor battling the Midgard Serpent.
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JeffDee Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012
I was one of four staff artists who worked on Deities & Demigods, and they hired several freelancers as well. Jim Roslof did the picture of Thor that you remember.
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ConceptJunkie Featured By Owner May 18, 2014
I looked you up after complimenting a drawing of someone's as looking like Jeff Dee's work.  I'm glad I did.  It's a real treat to see your modern takes on these classic drawings.  I always preferred the artwork in the First Edition AD&D books and Dragon magazines of that time to most of the stuff in later years.  Yes, the newer work was slicker and usually full-color paintings instead of line drawings, but I think the older stuff had more character.  Or maybe it's because of my fondness of the first D&D stuff I was exposed to.  In any event, it's a treat to see you're still active and drawing better than ever.

Keep up the great work.  Have you published any collections of your art?  Those first edition, unrevised Deities and Demigods are a little hard to come by.  :-)
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JeffDee Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
I've done tons of these re-creations already, including the Deities & Demigods stuff: jeffdee.deviantart.com/gallery…

My plan is to eventually release these in book form. But I'm still busy working on the re-creations at the moment :)

-Jeff Dee
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ChimeraPublisher Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012   Digital Artist
Awesome! Excited about this going through.
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LucasPuryear Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow, seriously better.
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:iconsvartulf:
Svartulf Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012   General Artist
HAil Elric!!! :)
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:iconmrex21:
MRex21 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
That looks fantastic!
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:iconduvell:
Duvell Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2011
wow realy nice damn :)
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Boslok Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
In this illustration Elric might as well be a Rock n Roll god, which in a way I guess he was.

Good luck on your project. You were an inspiration back in the day, and still are today. I can't wait to see the recreations.
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bobhir Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2011
I like the original better, we made T-Shirts out of it in graphic arts back in high school...
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:iconfabio-militopagliara:
This is a great drawings and a great idea :)
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:iconjeffdee:
JeffDee Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2012
Thanks, ~Fabio-MilitoPagliara! Check out my latest TSR art re-creation project: [link]
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danger-man Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Amazing job on this. Really like the side-by-side comparison. I'll keep contributing to your kickstarter projects as long as you keep drawing! ;)

Is it difficult to go back and recreate something from so long ago? Just curious if you find yourself wanting to make a lot of corrections?
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:iconjeffdee:
JeffDee Featured By Owner Nov 12, 2011
Strangely, it's not difficult at all. Theses days I usually begin with a rather detailed preliminary sketch - so when I do one of these re-creations, I just think of the original AS that preliminary sketch.
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BRWGames Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Would it be all right if I reposted this on my blog to promote the Kickstarter campaign? This is just awesome, and I think if folks see what it's all about it'd help get the word out.
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:iconjeffdee:
JeffDee Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Please do!
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:iconbrwgames:
BRWGames Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Done and done, sir:

[link]
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:iconjeffdee:
JeffDee Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Cool beans!
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TrollishMcTroll Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
This is beyond awesome sir. I grew up on this artwork....
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Corjay Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
You were my hero in 1980. I loved your work and still do. I'm glad you're still going.
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kesherite Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Jeff, this whole project is awesome!

I'm sure you hear this a lot, but back in the early-mid-eighties, you were a huge inspiration on me as an aspiring illustrator. Life being what it is, I never ended up working professionally, but I've never stopped drawing, and have finally been publishing drawings in the Old School Renaissance fanzine Fight On!

Thanks, and I'll be supporting the Kickstarter project(s); there are few things I'd love more than a Jeff Dee art book to show my kids! :)

Aaron Kesher
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:iconjeffdee:
JeffDee Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2011
Fight On! is great - I had a little sketch in there a few issues back myself. Thanks for your support, Aaron!
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etherlad Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Absolutely amazing. Can't wait to see how this turns out! If I find myself with any spare cash, I'll certainly throw some your way.

Have you plugged this on AE or are you planning to?
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:iconjeffdee:
JeffDee Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
I haven't, and by the next time I'm on the show, the Kickstarter project will practically be over :)
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MWolter Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Holy hellsword! Jeff, I'm a big fan of your work from Deities & Demigods, especially the Elric pantheon. I had no idea you were alive, much less still working and living in Austin! So great to see the detail on the one. All that was lost in the old reduced-down reproductions. Wow. I'm gobsmacked. I will totally buy your book!
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JeffDee Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Thanks, MWolter! Of course, there won't be a book unless my project succeeds. You never know with these Kickstarter things! Please make a pledge if you can: [link]
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Arkhein Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow - something really weird just happened to my childhood.

Awesome. :)

- Ark
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:iconjeffdee:
JeffDee Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2011
Thanks for the pledge on my Kickstarter project!
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Explonova Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I really like this illustration. Very good application of line thickness and use of form.

Any particular reason why a swordsman would be expressing a variation of the "rock on" hand sign? =D
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JeffDee Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011
He's a sorcerer, and to me back in those days the quintessential sorcerer was Dr. Strange from Marvel Comics. That's the hand gesture Dr. Strange uses when he casts spells!
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Explonova Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Ah! Dr. Strange is a bit before my time, but I have seen him featured in the upcoming "Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3" which looks sweet.

Makes a lot of sense that Dr. Strange makes that gesture for his spells, as it resembles an inverted version of Spiderman's web-slinging gesture. =)
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Lubidius Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2011
And does this happen to be Elric, with Stormbringer by any chance? :) But Elric with BellBottoms, "minus" the actual pants. Very cool all around!
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