Russ Nicholson (2) – Interview

Russ Nicholson - Warlock of Firetop Mountain

Russ Nicholson - Warlock of Firetop Mountain

Russ Nicholson - Masks of Mayhem

Russ Nicholson - Masks of Mayhem

It’s been a while since I’ve posted and out and out fantasy feature so I thought I’d do something special and add an interview into the mix, a Sci-Fi-O-Rama first! The artist in question is Russ Nicholson a personal favourite of mine whose work I’ve admired since childhood and first reading the Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks he’s synonymous with. Those books were a huge phenomenon during there peak in the mid 80’s, selling millions worldwide with the series eventually reaching over 50 titles before winding up in the early 90’s. The basic premise of a Fighting Fantasy book was a self-contained single-player role-playing adventure where one would explore an Illustrated Fantasy/SF game world by reading numbered paragraphs and then making choices

Russ Nicholson “Chasms of Malice”

Russ Nicholson “Chasms of Malice”

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 buy atorvastatin 20 mg 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 for learning to draw.