Saturday, November 12, 2011

A Quick Frazetta Story


This incident happened about 10 years ago.)

I'd like to relate a quick Frazetta story. A few weeks ago Frank began working on a revision to the STRANGE CREATURES FROM SPACE AND TIME cover. The original oil has a hunter in the foreground menaced by a wide variety of creatures in the background. It's a nice oil. Frank took out the hunter many years ago because he always thought a sexy girl would be more effective in the composition. Well, he finally painted-in a girl. Ellie and the kids were thoroughly impressed (and believe me they are Frank's harshest critics). It was done, finished. The next day Ellie walked into the studio and the oil was back on the easel...WITH THE GIRL REMOVED!! Ellie was furious. "Frank, what's wrong with you? It was great. Why didn't you just leave it alone?" The children all were aghast that this incredible oil was changed. Remember that Frank is working left-handed because of his strokes. It is VERY difficult for him to achieve great results these days. When a success comes along, they all want him to leave it alone. I was talking to Frank on the phone about this whole incident and his response was quite illuminating: "Dave, I did do a good job on the girl. The painting really looked good. Something bothered me and I couldn't put my finger on it. But then it occured to me: I HAD PAINTED THAT GIRL BEFORE! I didn't want to just imitate myself. I had to come up with something new. That's why I wiped her away." For me, that says it all.

Dr. Dave Winiewicz (c)2008

7 comments:

  1. Illuminating indeed, Dave. Thanks for sharing that.

    Is the girl pictured in the photograph the second girl he added?

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  2. Yes it is. Frank loved the lively "leading line" into the composition.

    Thanks.

    DAVE

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  3. This is one of the paintings Frank reworked that really made me sad. The original version with the State Trooper was a powerful piece, completely in keeping with his CREEPY and EERIE covers: the removal of the trooper and the substitution of the girl doesn't have the same impact (for me, anyway). As we've talked about many times in the past, Dave, I wish he had revisited the concept with a new painting and left the original version alone...

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  4. I agree completely, Arnie. The topic of repaints is such a sore one with so many collectors and fans. I think we lost more than we gained in most instances. However, this is quite controversial and EVERYONE has a strong opinion.

    Thanks!

    DAVE

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  5. I love to see something new and couldn't resist. Just spent 5 minutes straightening the painting out as best as I could.

    Don't know if this is of any use to you Doc Dave. Feel free to grab it.

    http://tysoes.com/repaint_Fixed.jpg

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  6. I he drew that from imagination that is pretty incredible as well as different.

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