Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Maybe it's just me but...

I don't really like Jeff Easley's art. 

Don't get me wrong, he's done some iconic and genre defining work, but at it's core, I don't like his style. Not that I could do any better or even anything resembling art, but I don't like the way substitutes blur and swirl for sharp and crisp detail. It's mostly when he does flesh and clothing, but it's always sorta irritated me. I have a weird OCD habit of analyzing fantasy artwork to look for little hidden gems that you don't always catch with a casual glance. Believe me, I haven't found any of that in his work. I'm not even saying he's not a great artist. It's not about that. Hell, I love Erol Otus' work and that's as campy and cartoonish as you can get, but I just don't like his style.

Eh....probably just me...


  1. Easley is very hit or miss with me -- mostly miss, at least where his color artwork is concerned. I actually like his B&W inkwork better than his paintings.

  2. It's still better than most Wayne Reynolds stuff, though.

  3. For me, it's the same problem I had with 2e; certainly pretty to look at once or twice, but it just never inpires.

    I agree about Erol Otus' work. It could be campy and cartoony, but it always seemed to evoke new ideas.

    A running theme in the one AD&D I ran years ago was a feud between two cults that kept engulfing the characters. It was inspired solely by his Deities & Demigods cover.

    Oh, and his women all looked like the same person in different wigs to me. o_O

  4. i'll take Reynolds over Easley any day. old school-wise, Elmore is my guy.

  5. Highly variable - sometimes I really hate his work, and other times it's merely ok.

  6. Anyone else notice that Wayne Reynolds draws feet and mouths really weird sometimes?


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