RAIDERS OF THE LOST ART: DANFORTH ART RE-DISCOVERED

Long-Lost and unpublished Citybook illo by Liz Danforth

Long-Lost and unpublished Citybook illo by Liz Danforth

Back in August, I visited Liz in Tucson and together we searched through her art archives, some of which had not been looked at in over a decade.  At the time, we were looking for a map of Knor, a town that Liz had created back in the early days of T&T.  Though we didn’t find the map, we did find some other amazing items from the days that Liz worked as Flying Buffalos art director and lead artist.

The illustration above was one of the main discoveries of that search back in August.  Liz had done this illustration based on the painting that Stephen Perigrine had done for the first Citybook. In fact she credits Stephen next to her signature. And although certain elements are similar to his painting (such as the border and some of the buildings and people in the background, it is still very much its own piece of art and distinctly a Liz Danforth classic.

What makes this piece even more fascinating is that as far as I can tell, it has never appeared in print in the USA.  A small piece of it was used for an ad in Sorcerer’s Apprentice, but the full illustration was never used in any of the Citybooks or elsewhere.  So this will be the first reveal of a truly fabulous view of what one might expect to see in Knor or Khosht.

The artwork was about 17 x 17 inches, so I had to scan it in sections and then carefully put the pieces back together. We’ll probably use it somewhere in the rulebook, so it will finally get to appear in print.  Below is a bit about the next visit to Tucson…

FELLOWSHIP GATHERS at TUS-CON NOV 10th
The Fellowship had a great and productive weekend in Tucson with Liz, Ken, Bear and myself. The highlight for the convention goers was the panel we all did to update the rest of the world on dT&T and give details on what’s done and what’s left to do. We also got to see our Kickstarter trailer up on the big screen (which was kind of cool) Ken ran two highly successful demos and made new T&T converts who came to the table and bought the mini-rules and a few other T&T goodies.

But it was off stage that the REAL progress was made. We worked together to finalize a map for Knor. Originally we had hoped that either Liz or Bear might still have a copy of the original map, but 6 months of searching yielded no results, so it had to be recreated based on the memories of Bear and Liz. I worked with them closely to take the discussions and get them down on paper. In the end we got the basic map created and now I have to create a final inked black and white version. Ken left Knor to Liz, (as she originally created it back in the 1970’s. Knor will have a different flavor, just as Khosht and Khazan do.

It was great to work with Liz face-to-face on this. I work directly with Ken and Bear fairly often, since we live in the same town, but with Liz being 120 miles away, I don’t get much chance for that. It reminded me of when we both worked in the production dept at Flying Buffalo back in the early 1980s! I probably drove her crazy (then and now) , but we had a lot of fun doing various projects together like Citybook, Sorcerer’s Apprentice, the solos and GM adventures. Ahh sweet memories…

Anyway We also got a bunch of new art from Liz and some pencils which I will be inking for the new rulebook as well. Trust me, if you like Liz’s art – you’re going to LOVE the Deluxe Tunnels and Trolls rulebook – it’s going to have more art by Liz Danforth in it then any book ever, and it covers the whole range of her career, from the late 1970’s to 2013!

Let us know what you think of this latest art discovery and news…

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7 thoughts on “RAIDERS OF THE LOST ART: DANFORTH ART RE-DISCOVERED

  1. I can’t wait to learn more about Knor, Khosht, and Trollworld’s other famous cities. That will definitely enhance the value of my collection of Citybooks and will be a nice complement to Steve’s, Liz’s and Bear’s city-based establishments. By the way, the Citybook illustration above was published in the past. In fact, it is the cover art for my personal copy of Citybook I. It was printed and published in the U.K. when Chris Harvey Games still existed.

  2. SSCrompton

    Ah! That probably explains why Liz drew this piece in the first place. All the English T&T back then was printed in black and white, so Liz drew this for the English edition of Citybook. So its never been printed in the US. Good spotting there Grimtooth – Thanks!

  3. Thank you for the nice comments, Steve. It did seem odd that I would have done something this “finished” (even working from Peregrine’s wonderful original) and then never put it to use. I honestly couldn’t remember, so Grimtooth — thank you for making the past clear once more!

    I hope people will be tickled to learn about the human lands of Khosht and Knor. It was very gratifying to work with the guys during the TusCon convention, and bring a lot of stuff out of the distant reaches of memory. Knor was always very much alive in my mind (sadly, unlike the reasons I did that particular illustration!) and getting some of it down on paper for others has been an adventure in its own right.

  4. The more of Liz Danforth the better. Keep digging and find some more treasures!

  5. SSCrompton

    Don’t worry David – we have searched high and low locating some wonderful new and older illustrations by Liz , many of the older pieces have only appeared in obscure places (and some have never appeared in print before).

    I am really enjoying inking some of the Liz’s pencils, so you’ll be seeing many of our collaborations as well as brand new pieces she has done especially for the dT&T rule book.

    And as mentioned earlier, we will be using many of the illustrations from the classic 5th edition as well.

  6. anem kram

    I think the art piece could be used whole or cut into small sections. More Liz art please!

  7. SSCrompton

    Don’t worry the search continues and you’re going to see some Liz art that has never been seen before, some of which is singularly unique and beautiful! (Its a bit like looking for lost episodes of Doctor Who! lol)

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