R.I.P. Jim Roslof (1946-2011)

I somehow missed this when it happened over the weekend.  One of the pioneers of fantasy RPG artwork, Jim Roslof, passed away from cancer.  I don’t suspect any of you will have a clue who I’m talking about.  Back in the halcyon days of roleplaying games, the 1980’s, Roslof was one of a handful of artists whose work DEFINED the look and feel of 1980’s-era Dungeons and Dragons.  While his work doesn’t stand up to some of the later artists to emerge (like Keith Parkinson, who’s paintings decorated the boxes of the Everquest MMO), to those of us who were introduced to roleplaying in that period, it is far more iconic.  Roslof’s artwork, along with that of Erol Otus, Bill Willingham, and Jeff Dee IS Dungeons and Dragons to me, far moreso than Larry Elmore or, most recently, Wayne Reynolds.

I am posting a sampling of some of Jim Roslof’s more iconic images here.  Enjoy.  Rest in Peace, Mr. Roslof.

D1-2: Descent into the Depths of the Earth

D1-2: Descent into the Depths of the Earth

I1: Dwellers of the Forbidden City

I1: Dwellers of the Forbidden City

Q1: Queen of the Demonweb Pits

Q1: Queen of the Demonweb Pits

Thor (from Deities and Demigods)

Thor (from Deities and Demigods)

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