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]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!