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.
International backers should have the books in February/March of 2014. Sorry for the delay, but Larry can only do about 20 dragon doodles a day. Because EVERYONE international got a FREE Dragon Doodle to compensate for the increase shipping rate from the US, it is taking more time than expected. Thank You, Ken Whitman Elmore...read more
Snarf is back with a whole new adventure! Now you can get a NEW full-color SnarfQuest story! Several years ago I started on a new Snarf adventure for Games Unplugged Magazine. They published 36 pages before the magazine was sold to a new publisher who decided not to continue the strip. This year (2013) I was approached by Kenzer & Company to reprint the strip in the Knights of the Dinner Table Comic. I also promised to finish the story, and this is where I need your help. I really need to take two to three months to finish off the...read more
Its been 9 months since our Kickstarter, but Larry and I lived by one rule, make the book 110% of our capabilities. Although we are late, we beleive the wait for what you are going to get in your hands will be worth it! We feel that the Book will be ready to ship by the first of November. That means that many of you will receive the book in the first two weeks of November. If you have a sketch or special drawing add and additional two week. If you are International, add an additional 30 days. Hopefully, with a little luck, everyone...read more
This new print is titled “Circle of Death”, 24×36 inches on heavy art paper. It is a signed and numbered limited edition print of 1500. This painting is going to be the cover for my new hardback book, “The Complete Elmore”. I enjoyed painting this piece, it reminds me of the old Red Dragon painting, the Basic D&D box cover, but at a much more mature level. The dragon and the warrior appear to be much older, in this painting, and much more experienced. My art ability has grown also during the past thirty...read more
Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013 2:00 am | Updated: 9:13 pm, Sat Jan 12, 2013. By CHUCK MASON The Daily News email@example.com A Grayson County artist internationally known for his mystical and menacing dragons plans to self-publish in August the first major hardcover book of his work, “Larry Elmore: The Complete Elmore Artbook.” Elmore, a 1971 Western Kentucky University graduate, first found his sense of adventure in the Kentucky woods. As of boy of 10, he raced through those woods, checking out the textures of trees...read more
Starting with the upcoming issue of Knights of the Dinner Table (issue 195), Larry Elmore’s groundbreaking comic strip SnarfQuest will appear monthly in KODT. The strip first appeared in Dragon magazine, running from issue 1983-1989. Later, it appeared in Games Unplugged starting in 2000 until it went out of business. The strips that appear in KODT will at first be reprints of those strips, and then the story will continue with new, original strips, written and drawn by Elmore himself. “I am so happy that Snarf is back, and I am...read more
I want to say a few words about this Kickstarter Campaign, it has overwhelmed me, surpassed my wildest dreams and left me very humbled. Ken Whitman, a friend of mine, had tried to talk me into doing a Kickstarter campaign several years ago, because many times I had spoken to him about doing a big hardback book that would cover my life’s work. Then another friend, Jim Ludwig of DarkSword Miniatures, started calling me about Kickstarter. When I crunched the numbers, for me to publish a big book on my own dime, I simply couldn’t...read more
This one is from my good friend Donna Peerce! Larry Elmore: Fulfill your fantasies and dreams for you and others here!read more
A weird little interview about my book and other things I am working on. Oh, and my wife Betty is with me for a video interview. Hope you enjoy. http://weirdreview.com/2012/12/15/ee/read more