by Liz Danforth
This post will be about the paintings you might know as the covers to the 7th edition of Tunnels & Trolls, a painting I call Two Seconds Later and the T&T solitaire adventure called Elven Lords. Here’s a look at both. There are larger versions of both paintings to look at more closely further down the page, along with links to more detailed information and the history behind each piece.
T&T, SEVENTH EDITION COVER PAINTING BY LIZ DANFORTH
Nine years ago, Rick Loomis asked if I would paint a new cover for the next edition of Tunnels & Trolls, coming from Fiery Dragon. Rick asked me if I could re-do the original scene from the game’s 5e cover, but shown as the scene would look “two seconds later.” I was intrigued. The idea of revisiting that scene with the delvers and the charging troll seemed like a fun challenge. It was! And if the painting isn’t as iconic as the earlier painting, it still remains an integral part of T&T’s history. (Rick himself owns the original painting done for T&T Fifth Edition).
The painting is unframed, 14 x 20 inches (appx 35 x 51 cm). It is acrylic on paper affixed to 100# Strathmore illustration board. There are NO publication or reproduction rights attached; all rights are reserved. (That is true for all the art on my website.) The piece was completed in March 2005, while I was living in Scottsdale Arizona. I’m asking a minimum of $500.00 for this piece.
More details and the history of the painting for T&T’s 7th edition is here: http://www.lizdanforth.com/2014/04/two-seconds-later/
ELVEN LORDS COVER PAINTING BY LIZ DANFORTH
This painting has a very different history, and was not originally done to be anything but a stand-alone painting. It was absolutely the most ambitious painting I had done to date, with deliberate color theory work and photographed models. Ultimately, this was my first painting that I felt was completely successful, hitting every goal of composition and execution that I set for myself. Mike Stackpole, then at Flying Buffalo, wanted to see it put to use; I certainly had no objection. He wrote Elven Lords to go with the painting, and FBInc sold it in a signed limited edition.
The painting is sold unframed, 24 x 30 inches (appx 61 x 76 cm), acrylic on masonite. There are NO publication or reproduction rights attached; all rights are reserved. (That is true for all the art on my website.) The piece was completed in 1986, while I was living in Scottsdale Arizona. I’m asking a minimum of $1000 for this piece.
More details and the history of this painting used for a solo adventure is here: http://www.lizdanforth.com/2014/04/elven-lords/
PLACING A BID
Anyone is welcome to place a bid on either of these pieces. Just send me an e-mail.
Questions? You can ask in the Comments below, or email me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also use that email address to send me your bid for one of these original paintings right now. I will accept offers (through Monday May 12th, midnight MST) at that point, the highest bid wins.
As always, thank you for your interest in my work, and best of luck! – Liz