|Sutherland's art from the title page of the Basic rulebook|
Today marks the birthday of my favorite TSR artist, the late David C. Sutherland III (aka DCSIII), who passed away too young (age 56) in 2005. So I'm designating April 4th as "David Sutherland Day". Dave's work defines the look of D&D in 1977, when his art graced the cover of the Holmes Basic Set and first AD&D hardback, The Monster Manual. His work also defined the look of Holmes Basic, being used for the both the cover as well as the title page (posted above) and foreward (the lizard rider that graces the title of my blog). He was also responsible for most of the artwork for the first Basic module, B1 In Search of the Unknown.
Tome of Treasures has a page with an extensive listing of his TSR credits.
Last fall his Basic Set artwork was featured in a line of retro t-shirts from WOTC. And earlier this year, his original painting was recovered from a crate at the WOTC offices.
Please post a comment on what your favorite work(s) of his.
Here's another DCSIII birthday post on the Perpetual Role blog, with a gallery of his images (some NSFW).
Here are a few somewhat obscure pieces from Swords & Spells (1976) that are very much in the same style as the Holmes title page piece: