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.
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
Nerdherders Exclusive: Larry Elmore Kickstarter Interview We are so excited to share this amazing conversation with you. Larry Elmore is famous for his art on Dungeons & Dragons books, the Dragonlance series, or you may know him from his cover art on Everquest. What you might not know is just how entertaining he is to talk to. It was so fun to do and we hope you find it just as fun to listen to. Please check out our other episodes, review us on iTunes, and help us bring you more great interviews. Look for a BONUS Larry Elmore hilarious...read more
. I want to make available, through this Kickstarter project, the largest, most comprehensive collection of the very best of my art spanning my full 40 year career. Many of the images I will include in this tome are being re-mastered using the latest digital technology from original film, for unprecedented quality, and several pieces have never before been published or rarely seen. Interspersed among the images I will also offer you glimpses into my studio and creative process, including sketches and preliminaries, as well...read more
NEW LINE OF PRINTS AND GICLEES . So far this year I have finished four new paintings. They were all 24×36 or larger. Oils on Masonite. These paintings are special for two reasons. They are launching the last phase of my career, and that is that at least 90% of the paintings I will do in the future are my personal art, no art directing or company telling me what to paint. I am “following my nose”, as an old saying goes. I have many ideas and some of these ideas I have wanted to paint for over 15 years. Now I am...read more