Amazingly intricate fantasy illustration by Russ Nicholson, somewhat reminiscent of Art Nouveau and specifically Aubrey Beardsley but swap his mythological erotica for Russ’s orks, elfs and what have you… Anyway I’m not a huge fan of fantasy stuff these days, although I will admit to owning several of the 80′s Fighting Fantasy books (good toilet reading material) from which this illustration was taken.
Russ Nicholson Illustrated a number of Fighting Fantasy Books right through the series (82-95?) and he also produced work for other Dungeons and Dragons / RPG work from that era. I’ve always thought his work is excellent and certainly formed part of my early inspiration to learning to draw….
** Addendum: 3rd March 2009
If anyone wishes to contact Russ please email me: kiekelly [at] gmail.com