By Steve Crompton
In putting together the art for the numerous T&T reprints and the new dT&T Rules, I’ve made it one of my missions to find, scan and track down any T&T related art that may have become forgotten or lost over the years. I was surprised by just how much art has been shrouded and lost by the passage of time.
One of the reasons for this lost art was the replacement of older editions of T&T solos with newer ones. A perfect example of this is the original cover for Dargon’s Dungeon. When the book was rewritten and printed with a new color cover, Liz’s 1978 b&w cover was left unused until we found it in 2013. There were also two calendars from 1978 and 1979 that contained several of Liz’s and Rob Carver’s art in which the artwork was never reprinted.
Sorcerer’s Apprentice is another great source of lost T&T art, including some of my very own. Liz also did several illos that were used in ads for T&T, Flying Buffalo and Catalyst products that were only used for a short time and then forgotten. There were also a few limited edition items that contained lost art that we rediscovered.
One experiment I conducted is digitally re-compositing or even re-inking some of the older art to make it better suit our current needs. I recently created the image of the Mad Dwarf Wizard for Ken & Bear’s new Free RPG Day dungeon by merging several parts of some Rob Carver character illos to create a new character. I was also taken by a sketch Rob had done of an archer in the first edition of T&T and I reinked it, adding more detail and turning the archer into an elf. (Back in 1982 I actually got to touch-up and re-ink some of Rob’s art for the reprint of Naked Doom, so this isn’t the first time we’ve “worked together” in this manner.)
I’m sure we won’t use all the art I’ve discovered and scanned, but we have a great well-spring of original art that was created by the same artists and in the same time as many of the pieces we all know and love in the 5th edition T&T Rulebook. My hope is that all this this “new” art will fit right in with all our other favorites and will pay tribute to some of these lost and forgotten pieces. Don’t worry though, there’s going to be plenty of brand new illustrations in dT&T as well!
Feel free to comment or suggest other places we might find Liz or Rob art that we might have overlooked!