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Post Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 6:57 pm 
 

Limited Ediion Larry Elmore Print Portfolio:   Valley of Steel-Set One.

All of the sketches (six prints in all) are famous with most of them being either in art books, or are on the cover of fantasy novels.

All are the same size. 11 x 17, with a B&W cardboard insert showing a smaller version of each print in B&W.

The prints are not individually signed, only the B&W insert is.

It is a limited Edition Portfolio Set sold in 1994.
This set is signed by Elmore (Silver Marker/Pen) and is numbered 512 of 2,500.
Original cover price was $25.00.

Anyone have a clue what these are worth?
Or should I use them for packing materials, or cut them up and use them as backing boards for other things?

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Post Posted: Thu Jul 30, 2009 7:16 pm 
 

Hi,

about the cover price, I think.

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Post Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:31 pm 
 

Being as the prints are by Larry Elmore, to me the prints are worth no more than about $.01 apiece. Larry Elmore's art to me is synonymous with the death of Dungeons & Dragons, and every time I look at one of his pieces, I am reminded of what once was and will never be again. His artwork is of the overwrought, generic fantasy style that you find gracing the covers of the various and sundry droll fantasy novels crowding our bookstore shelves these days.


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Post Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:09 pm 
 

Munafik wrote:Being as the prints are by Larry Elmore, to me the prints are worth no more than about $.01 apiece.


I am sure glad your not the barometer for value of anything.  Your actual feelings about the value are irrelavent, and this statement is idiotic.

Munafik wrote:Larry Elmore's art to me is synonymous with the death of Dungeons & Dragons, and every time I look at one of his pieces, I am reminded of what once was and will never be again.


Since Elmore actually had nothing to do with the death of D&D (considering it is still alive and well) this is again a stupid statement.  TSR brought themselves down fool!  Endless worlds and suppliments.  Elmore was an artist that's it.

Munafik wrote: His artwork is of the overwrought, generic fantasy style that you find gracing the covers of the various and sundry droll fantasy novels crowding our bookstore shelves these days.


Elmore is talented and an one of the most important D&D artists of all time.  You are simply an idiot.  Please stop posting these troll like statements and find a life.


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Post Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:58 pm 
 

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Blackmoor wrote:Since Elmore actually had nothing to do with the death of D&D (considering it is still alive and well) this is again a stupid statement.  TSR brought themselves down fool!  Endless worlds and suppliments.  Elmore was an artist that's it.

Gotta earn a crust, somehow...

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Blackmoor wrote:Elmore is talented and an one of the most important D&D artists of all time.  You are simply an idiot.  Please stop posting these troll like statements and find a life.

To be honest I'd agree in part at least with Munafik and although it's difficult to put the blame for that "look-alike" syndrome on Larry too much (any more than on Donaldson, Eddings, etc., on the fiction side), his range of styles and characters isn't the widest of all fantasy artists. From that perspective I often prefer his non-color work where there's sometimes a somewhat greater degree of spontaneity.


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Post Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 8:26 pm 
 

Sorry I am an Elmore fan. I love fantasy art and there is a lot of crap out there, but Elmore is a legend. Perhaps some have tired of his style over the years, but BITD his artwork probably captivated half the people on this forum and helped draw them into roleplaying!

  

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Post Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 11:52 pm 
 

Elmores artwork inspired me on many occasions and still does today.
Dont get that response by Munafik, and was frankly shocked by it.
Hence I did not respond to it.

I love that piece Faro.
Never have seen it before.
Thanks for posting it. 8)


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:11 am 
 

Would be worth more than cover to me...  PM me if you want to offload it :)


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:20 am 
 

^^ Ah, well someone had to come back on-topic, I guess. Sorry!

Gnat the Beggar wrote:I love that piece Faro.
Never have seen it before.
Thanks for posting it. 8)

Heh, heh... welcome. Slight flash from the camera towards the middle but doesn't affect the confident ink work and dry sense of humor that much. :)
Yeah, I do like quite a few of Larry's color works and agree that was/is a big hook into the "world of D&D" for many people, but the level of expression for some of the inks edges ahead in other regards. *g* Regardless of how much many people hated SnarfQuest, say. :lol:

That one is early/unpublished afaik and wasn't sure if I'd posted it over here before: his first piece of work after joining TSR in 1981 according to Aaron/NKG, albeit for personal purposes.
Seemed to fit nicely by way of reply, anyhow. (And good to know there was /some/ time for art, too!).

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:53 am 
 

I have a very similar folio of Clyde Caldwell's work. Seven or Nine prints, I don't recall, but it was the sidebar to the cover that rang a bell. I think there's a series covering fantasy artists.

I never considered my Caldwell folio to be worth anything, but it'd be a bitch to post. It's just been sitting on a high shelf for years.


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 2:59 am 
 

Munafik wrote:droll fantasy novels crowding our bookstore shelves these days.


Ah, yes...drolls.  They write some of the worst fantasy.

Or...wait...did you mean fantasies  :pale: about drolls?  :pale:


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Post Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 3:51 am 
 

I think the 1st Elmore Endless Quest covers are gems.

Edit: I also think that Larry has a unique style. I never looked at something of his and didn't know it or vice versa.

  

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Post Posted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 8:59 am 
 

Hi,

there are a whole load of those folios.

3 or 4 different Elmore ones, plus a load of other artists.

They were dumped in the Uk a few years ago. I think I picked some up for less than £5 each.

In the right place, fantasy art is popular in the UK, and I gave most of them away as charity donations for the UK gencon auctions.

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:13 am 
 

mbassoc2003 wrote:I have a very similar folio of Clyde Caldwell's work. Seven or Nine prints, I don't recall, but it was the sidebar to the cover that rang a bell. I think there's a series covering fantasy artists.

I never considered my Caldwell folio to be worth anything, but it'd be a bitch to post. It's just been sitting on a high shelf for years.


I recently won several E-Bay auctions of Caldwell Prints with an original signature on each print.
Most of them I won at rediculously low prices too.


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:18 am 
 

My only problem with Elmore is that I can't look at his art and not think about DragonLance and all the hippie adventurers. Beards and feathers everywhere. The only thing missing are the peace symbols.

Otherwise, there is no doubting the man's talent. It more his style that I don't care for if that makes sense.


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 9:32 am 
 

I'd be very happy to own a set like this. But as bbarsh above, I'd agree that there can be a bit toooo much feathers and beard for my liking sometimes.

But I do like this set, thats for sure.  8)


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:25 pm 
 

Not to mention breasts and thighs.  Elmore missed his calling as a successor to Vargas.

I associate Elmore's art with the senility of AD&D.  Not fair but true.


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Post Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 4:35 pm 
 

Hi,

he's by far the most popular TSR artist in the UK.

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Post Posted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:06 pm 
 

Here are pictures of ALL the prints.
I am a bad picture taker so please be aware that the prints do NOT actually have a LIGHT on each one at the bottom.

How would you guys ship this set of prints?
In a Tube, or a slim but long/wide Box?
Would rolling them up to fit into a tube mess them up in any way?
I think there would be more risk of damage in a slim box, than in a tube.

BTW: I note only one slim bit of beard in the entire set.
The Man seated in the building with the two cloaked figures standing in front of him.... (This one is my favorite Print too)
And I noted only a few feathers....

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Post Posted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 3:24 am 
 

I am quite surprised that I would be called an idiot by a certain poster for simply stating my slightly tongue-in-cheek opinion regarding Larry Elmore's art. I came of age during the glory years of AD&D/D&D, when the hobby was still a bit rough around the edges and not as "polished" as it became during the mid eighties and beyond. What drew me to the hobby was initially the fabulous though not overly polished artwork of Dave Sutherland, Dave Trampier, Erol Otus -- my personal favorite -- Jeff Dee, Jim Roslof, and the other early artists. Their style reflected the pulp roots of Dungeons & Dragons to me quite effectively. The later more technically proficient artists such as Keith Parkinson, Larry Elmore, and Clyde Caldwell took the imagery and tone of Dungeons & Dragons in another direction by my reckoning, towards the mainstream epic quest fantasy novel trilogies that were so popular in the eighties. That is all I meant by my post, and I am sorry if I offended any of the posters on these boards. Truth be told, I feel that Larry Elmore is a skilled artist technically but his interpretation of what RPG fantasy should be is not the same as mine. Also, he set the tone visually for the Dragonlance series of modules and novels, which I feel truly signalled the end of the RPG Golden Age. Sure, the individual dungeons in the Dragonlance modules were often well designed, but the overarching, railroading storylines serving as background made their inclusion in a DM's home campaign difficult if not impossible without essentially rewriting them from scratch. If such viewpoints make me an idiot, then so be it. I will trouble you no more in this thread. Pax.


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