Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Frazetta: Conan The Buccaneer Studies


Frank would often take b/w photos of works in progress. These are rescued photos from early Conan concepts. The actual originals are about 9x12 inches and in full color. The concepts were rejected because they did not show the face of Conan.

Welcome to the New Year, everyone!

Cheers!

DocDave

7 comments:

  1. even in sketchy B/W frazetta's true genius shines thru; if you have them, more preliminaries and sketches please!

    and thanks for sharing...

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  2. Happy new year! Great sketches. These are bigger than a lot of Frazetta's prelims and I love the way the bottom one seems to show Frazetta playing around with the figure's arm position. Are you sure this is Conan? The bottom figure seems to have a beard, more like Kane.
    Bob

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  3. They are both labeled Conan on the backside. Both came from one of his porno sketchbooks that dates from the mid-60's. Frank could easily have added a beard later to see what it looked like. Frank said he painted the second rough because the earlier version of Conan directly in the water didn't leave Conan much room for victory. The top version, where Conan stands on the earth/rock, gives him a chance: earth vs water! There are two smaller versions of these roughs floating around, but I don't have repros. Frank liked the overall concept of the sea battle. He liked playing with the idea and forms. The originals are VERY colorful.

    DAVE

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  4. Dave, this question doesn't relate to any of Frank's works but I was wondering if he ever happened to relate to you how many consecutive push-ups he was capable of?

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  5. HaHa! No, he never mentioned that.

    DAVE

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  6. Hi Dave,

    Do you know who currently owns either of these, and do you know if there are color photos or scans anywhere? I'd love to see them in color...

    Thanks
    Daren

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  7. I;m working on it!

    Take care, Daren!

    DAVE

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