Today I start a new feature, Influencing Artist. This will feature artist who have influenced me in some way or another and information about them as well as art that I enjoy of theirs. I may feature some my art that is directly inspired by these artist as well, some may be old and I may create some new pieces for this as well. Anyhow lets get started and go to the first artist.
When looking back on artist who have inspired me this guy is the one that stands out as the first person who I knew by name. He has inspired a large number of fantasy artist over the years. I was drawn to his use of lights and shadows and the darkness within his images. I also enjoyed the brutal themes throughout. Brom was born in Albany, Georgia. Interesting little tidbit his birthday falls on the same day of the week as my brothers March 9th. I'm also a March baby. Seems a lot of artist are born in March. He was born in 1965 and is son of a U.S Army pilot. Because of this he lived in many different countries as he was growing up. Places like Japan and Germany to name a few. He also traveled a lot through the states including Hawaii. According to an interview he was called by his last name a lot as a kid. This must have stuck because he now signs his name simply as Brom.
Brom has been drawing and painting since he was a child. There seems to be a lot of successful artist who are self taught an never had formal art training and Brom is one of these artist. He however claims he would not consider himself self taught. In an October 1999 interview with Dragon he has stated his view on this.
“I wouldn't exactly call myself self-taught, because I've always looked at the work of other artists and emulated what I liked about it. So you can say they taught me.”
His influences are those of Frazetta, N.C Wyeth and Rockwell.
When Brom was twenty he was working as a full-time commercial artist in Atlanta Georgia. It was not till three years later he began work on fantasy art for TSR. One of his most well known art comes out of the Dark Sun role playing game setting. I have to say this is my favorite of all his work. However he has really done a lot more than just Dark Sun. Some of his most recent work is his own book The Plucker and Krampus the Yule Lord. He also has a artbook that came out recently.
Broms art is representational fantasy art. A viewer of Broms artwork can see a lot of classical art influence. Some of these classical types would be traditional landscapes, portraits, historical and mythological. Broms use of shadows can be compared to Caravaggios use of shadows. You can also see a lot of influence from the master Frank Frazetta. A lot of Broms earlier work match Frazzeta.
This is especially the case with his artwork from the Dark Sun role-playing game setting.
At times there is less abstraction and almost a hyper realistic look and feel to Broms characters. His warriors are so muscular there veins look like they may explode. In the same right his ladies are not dainty maidens who need protection. Many of his ladies look like they could protect themselves. Others look crafty and intelligent, if they could not fight their way out they could think their way out of a situation.
The other thing that stands out is his characters outfit design. I absolutely love his armor design.
Most current artwork Im doing as a homage to Broms inspiration.