About Larry Elmore

I have been creating fantasy and science fiction art for over 40 years. After receiving a BFA degree from Western Kentucky, I got married to Betty Clemons and was drafted into the army almost at the same time.  After serving two years in the service, I got a job at Fort Knox, Ky. as an illustrator. While working there, in the ’70’s  I started freelancing at home and was published in a few magazines, including Heavy Metal and National Lampoon.  During this time we had our two children,  Jennifer and Jeremy.  In 1987 I was contacted by  TSR Inc., the company that produced the role playing game Dungeons & Dragons, and I worked there  from 1981 to 1987. While at TSR, I helped set the standards of gaming art in the role-playing genre. Besides creating covers for Dungeons & Dragons, AD&D, Star Frontiers and other gaming books. I may be best known for my work with the world of Dragonlance. Since 1987, I’ve been working as a freelance illustrator, creating covers for comics, computer games, magazines, fantasy and science fiction books and many more projects too numerous to list here.

My time at TSR, Inc. is best exemplified on the covers of the DRAGONLANCE book series. Since then, I have worked for other publishers such as BAEN books, Bantam, Warner Books, ACE/Berkley, Doubleday, and Del Rey. I am also the co-author of “Runes of Autumn” and creator of the “Sovereign Stone” series. In the gaming and comic industries, I have freelanced for TSR, Inc, FASA, Mayfair Games, Game Designer’s Workshop, White Wolf, Iron Crown Enterprises, Dragon Magazine, Amazing Magazine, Wizard Press, D. C. Comics, First Comics, Eclipse Comics and Frank Frazetta’s Fantasy Illustrated. Miscellaneous credits include: LJN Toys, Mattel, Lucas Films, Tonka, Monogram Models, Western Publishing, Sony Entertainment’s Ever Quest, and various computer game covers.

For the last five years I have been creating paintings for collectors and fans around the world. This has been fun, but not as fulfilling as I expected it to be.  My long term goal has been to create my own artwork the way I see it in MY head . I have now opened up my original commission section on my website where I create a complete concept drawings which allow collectors and fans to choose which concept drawings that they would like to purchase as a finished painting. This allows me to create paintings from my visions that I have had during the past few years. I feel that these paintings will be some of the best paintings I have ever created.


  1. Huge fan, always loved your covers for dragonlance. Would always turn and check out the covers while reading. Thanks for those great images. Check out my website if you will, could use some advice, any tip about the industry would be appreciated. Thanks again, for the great art !

    Erik Loiselle

  2. Huge fan too. Thank you by making me a person with precious memories from my past days.

  3. Mr. Elmore, I’ll be honest, I knew about SnarfQuest long before I even knew the genius behind it, otherwise I might have tried to contact you sooner! I’m in love with that story/art/comic/style and enjoyed the entire series when I was young. Unfortunately the copy I read(which was my brother’s) is gone and for over a decade. Yet somehow that book has stayed with me, mentally, till this very moment. It’s the most creative “graphic novel” I’ve ever read, and would love to someday accomplish the same. I’m on a similar journey, to publish comics, only that I’m doing it via the web. Maybe someday I’ll be as talented as you… one can only hope! Cheers!

  4. I can’t believe there are so few comments on this page. Elmore is THE standard for fantasy art. Much like Cameron and Spielberg are for film, King and Tolkien for literature, etc. The early D&D art in particular is synonomous with the game, as much as the written adventures and rulebooks were. The art really gave the ‘look and feel’ for the game, which I still associate with it today. The art I currently see in Pen and Paper games, even D&D, pales in comparison. Perhaps I am looking at the art through ‘rose coloured glasses’, but I really do think Elmore’s art breathed life into D&D, and helped maked the game as popular as it was.