First off, let me say that I’ve been merrily posting up examples of Russ’s brilliant artwork from the Fabled Lands books on the assumption that Fabled Lands LLP (the company that controls the book rights) had paid him for the artwork rights too. Not so, as it turns out; we acquired only the Abraxas art. Well, that’s my mistake so I shall stop putting up any of Russ’s FL pictures (other than by his permission) with this last glorious example, the purpose of which is simply to send you over to Russ’s own blog, where you can see plenty of his work both fantastic and otherwise. When you get to see the versatility of Russ’s talent beyond the areas of fantasy, sci-fi and horror in which he is the pre-eminent British imagineer, I think you’ll be amazed. I have sung his praises here often enough, so I won’t say more. His work, in any case, speaks for itself.
These front and back covers were for a proposed book to be published by Fabled Lands LLP - a visual guide to the FL world using Russ's images and text taken from the books. We got sidetracked by non-fantasy projects, but if anybody else wants to step in and do something along those lines then pop over to Russ's blog and see if a deal can be struck. In our view a retrospective like this is long overdue.