If any of you guys ever corral me for a beer at a con, ask me about Trampier. Someone I know recently spent several weeks searching through midwestern towns... and finally tracked him down. It's a great story with a sad ending; he absolutely refuses to return to fantasy illustration.
Hi! My name is Derek, and I started role playing at eight with a couple of friends who I believe used the first generation D&D set. I myself soon purchased the second generation (blue basic and red expert books), eventually graduating to 1st gen AD&D. As I got older, I didn't care for the gaming system (classes seemed to restrictive to me), and so I moved on to other rpgs. I eventually fell out of gaming altogether in college, but I've sporadically kept up with the industry over the years.
I'm a designer and illustrator, and I remember with great fondness the "Old School" artists. The new guys were and are certainly more polished (and I particularly like Parkinson--he is one of the few fantasy artists whose outdoor paintings really FEEL outdoors), but there is something special about the old guys--a verve with which they broke the ground in which rpgs grew. Because of this, I treasure my old manuals and modules.
I love Dee, Roslof, and Willingham (Otus is alright). But my real passion is for Trampier. His wood etching style illustrations were so different from anything else I'd seen. The giant races, the wyvern, the homonculus, the lich, the displacer beast, the leucrotta--all fantastic! And his skill with color he exhibited in "Wormy," particularly the later strips, were equally as stunning. His disappearance was so frustrating.
It seems once a year I wax nostalgic for the art of my youth, and I Google Trampier in hopes of new info. I was thrilled to see that somebody had actually tracked DAT down! So I joined this board solely in the hope of learning more.
What do you say, Goodman? I'm afraid I'll never attend a Con, so is there any chance I could convince you to spill the beans here? At least an abbreviated version? If not, could you at least let us know if he has kept up his art in any field, and if there is anywhere we can go to view it?
Thanks so much!