Monday, February 17, 2014

The Frazetta Archives: A Little Peek

This is a little peek into the Frazetta resource material I draw upon when composing an essay. The academic world would label this as "primary source material". I have always approached Frazetta with a view to preserving as much of his intellectual legacy as possible. I wanted accuracy and clarity, everything grounded in the actual words and thoughts and images of Frank himself. This is just a glimpse. Please do not ask me for further repros. I am saving it all for my book. When? Who knows? I discovered a lot of things I forgot I had while digging around. I have copies of most of the porno work, and I have countless photos from Frank's darkroom, and I have serious discussions with Frank on just about everything from art, to family, to wife, to kids, to friends. A scholar's dream!














24 comments:

  1. Now this is the book I want to read. I will not sleep well until it is done. Thank you so very much for sharing your insights and stories.

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  2. Thanks! It.s just a matter of finding the time.

    DAVE

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  3. I look forward to hearing and reading all that you have to share David! So exciting to see all this stuff archived!! 3 posts now in the span of a week...can't wait for more. ;)

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  4. I had a burst of energy, Jorge. I don't know how long I can sustain it.

    I am working on a transcription involving Frazetta and photography for next week. Look for it.

    Thanks.

    Dave

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  5. Dave your return to the blog is a wonderful gift to all of us here. Every entry is a revelation. The shot of the altered Reign of Wizardry is amazing in its' inclusion of the stolen Conan of Aqulonia painting showing almost a third of the art had been cropped in the other published versions! Finally the composition makes sense! I tried painting my own version of this years ago, and it just didn't work. The "aspect ratio" of the published version was just too square. I left a large portion of the bottom as a foggy brown blur but abandoned it. Now I know what was supposed to be there! I want to dig it out now and see if it can be salvaged. Or maybe I should wait and see if it makes it to your book so I have an even better view? It's so good to have you back!

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  6. Yes, that will be included if the family lets me.

    Thanks!!

    Dave

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  7. Can't wait to see all this stuff Dave! The conversations with Frank I am really looking forward to.

    Just a couple of notes though: 1) Please, please, please get yourself a fireproof safe for this stuff. I realize that is a lot of items, but something like a large gun safe would work well for storing it for less than a couple grand. 2) Get all the tapes, photos and original art properly digitized at higher resolution than you might ever need. When that is done, store hard drives with the content at multiple locations.

    In one year I had a fire and a break-in at my house and that has made me very conscious of these incidents. You never think it will happen to you until it does, and losing your amazing archive would be a damn tragedy.

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  8. So very true! I do worry about such things.

    Thank you.

    Dave

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  9. A bunch of great posts. I didn't realize how starved I was for more Frazetta morsels. His loss has left an artistic vacuum in the world that will be nearly impossible to fill. Certainly not by the current plague of digital pseudo art.

    This Reign of Wizardry version is wild. Reminds me of another artist I have always thought might be one of Frazetta's influences; Luis Riccardo Falero. Particularly his "Faust's Vision" and "Witches Going to their Sabbath."

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  10. The Frazetta virus might go dormant for awhile, but it never goes away!!

    Dave

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  11. so Dave, when do we get the audio/video box set with portfolio coming out???

    Great stuff and again glad to see you back

    T

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  12. Yes, that would be nice, eh? I wish I had a full secretarial staff.

    Dave

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  13. Glad to see you back in the saddle, Doc! Also glad to learn there's a book on the horizon, no matter how far off.

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  14. WOW! All this material is indeed a scholar's dream. Dave, I am sure you are the only person on the planet who can write the definitive book about Frazetta's art and life. Personally, I hope you don't hold back and tell the true tale, warts and all. I suppose you will have to temper it though, if you need to get permission to include some art via the family.

    Nice to see the images of Reign of Wizardry (will we ever see a decent copy?), as well as the full view of Conan of Aquilonia. Thanks for getting the posts going again!

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  15. When I do it it will be total truth!!

    Dave

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  16. Hello Doc !

    It is 40 years that I am a French fan of the art of Frank.
    I am very pleased that you have restored life to your site after the piracy problems that you have encountered.
    Well to say that on the internet, there is no security so as to ignore the evil (minority) and continue to please yourself and us !

    Going back to Frank, I always thought that his art was passed next to posterity because he came from a modest background and that it has not been "sponsored" as he deserved.
    Your action came too late and the lack of personal and patrimonial management in his family (...) did his work was confined to limited topics and more, is now found in the four corners of the planet : damage but it’s over.
    In addition, his study tour in Italy aborted was surely damaging but, on the other hand, his art would have been picked up by elites and would not have been accessible to the many like me.

    Finally, I should like you a quote that I really like: the definition of the difference between talent and genius:
    - talent is reach target blindfolded
    - genius is reach a target that does not exist.
    You will be surely agree to grant the second to Frank !!!

    Long life to you and your site !
    A big thank you !!!

    Sincerely yours
    Pascal JAQUOT

    (excuse for faults !)

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  17. Many thanks for your heartfelt and thoughtful addition. Yes, I agree on your definition . It does apply to Frazetta!!

    Warm regards,

    Dave

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  18. Hi Dave

    Self-publishing could be an option for you. Platforms include Amazon and iTunes, among others. No one needs a publisher anymore. You are practically already doing it with your blog anyway. Why not get paid for it? Also, royalties are good, with much higher percentages than traditional publishers.

    You have much material that, presumably, unless you publish it, will never see the light of day.

    Best of luck, whatever route you choose, and thank you for the blog.

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  19. Dear Dave, Thank you for sharing and collecting so much of Frank Frazetta on tape and other media. Too often artists stories are vacant of reality. I look forward to your book whenever you wish to do it.
    I see one of my favorite Conan paintings here, a photo of the stolen Conan of Aquilonia. Is it possible for you to show the whole photo of it? I have only seen the cropped version from the bootleg Frazetta Treasury. Seeing this on the pile proves there is so much more to the composition. Just wish I could see the whole thing. Kind regards,

    Mike
    http://www.keropiansculpture.com

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  20. Thanks for the comments, Mike. Right now everything is tied up for the auction. I do plan to publish that image in a coming book along with other unseen photos. I have several shots of other works that were painted over.

    Brst!

    Dave

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  21. Your Blog is such a wonderful resource on one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. I was disappointed with the recent book about Frank, Remembrances, so I sure hope you find the time and energy to write the definitive book about Frank's life and work. Congratulations of the success of the auction.

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