Sunday, October 9, 2011

Frazetta: Living Legend Watercolor Frontis

This lovely watercolor has never been seen in color. It's one of those mysterious images that many collectors have always asked about. It was originally published in black/white as the frontis drawing to the LIVING LEGEND softcover book. That book is still the favorite of many because it gathers together so much pen/brush work. Most of the works were printed with all their delicious tonalities. Many collectors, like myself, worship the pen/ink stuff and consider Frank the best of all time. I've been arguing that point for decades. That argument has long been settled.

Well, this little beauty is a little gem of subtle tinting and wonderful gesture. This is the first time it's ever been seen in color. The signature, in pencil, is classic. For many years it sat in the back of the upstairs closet in the Frazetta home, ignored, unseen, and forgotten. Thank goodness for that because the darkness kept the colors fresh and alive and vibrant.