Monday, January 3, 2011

The Amazing Art Of Theodor Kittelsen

We covered him briefly in my art history classes, but I had never really checked out the work of Theodor Kittelsen. Wow.

Kittelsen did a lot of paintings and drawing for fairy tales, but much of his work has a "weird fantasy" vibe that is perfectly creepy and more than just a bit unnverving.  Check out some of my favorites of his:

The Water Spirit

Creeping, Crawling, Rustling, Bustling

Pesta on the Stairs

The Sea Troll

Much of his art looks like it would fit in perfectly in James Raggi's game, and I mean that as a high compliment. Best of all, Kittelsen's is public domain, so you don't have to have any qualms about using it. His art seems pitch-perfect for a lot of eerie fantasy.


Bonemaster said...

It took me a little bit, but I finally realized why I liked the Sea Troll so much. It was the pen and ink style used. Call me an old fart, but I still like the feel of pen and ink over some of the current cartoonish illustrations in many RPG books.

Victor Von Dave said...

Absolutely love the Sea Troll and the Water Spirit. I've never seen this artist before - thanks for showcasing him.

And I agree with Bonemaster, pen and ink has an undeniable charm. Sometimes I feel that modern RPG art, done with digital painting, runs the risk of falling into a pit of forgettable sameness.

The Halfling said...

I particularly like the Creeping, Crawling, Rustling, Bustling the best. This art inspires me for my fantasy game I am running, I have a feeling in a few weeks I will have the characters encounter a creature of this nature.
Thank you for sharing this, and letting us know that this artwork is available for us to use with our games.

Zachary Houghton said...

No problem! I love resources like this.

The Creeping, Crawling piece is excellent. I love it when seemingly mundane scenes hold danger at another glance...very fitting for RPGs....

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Dragons in Dungeons said...

Thank you so much!
I've been searching for public domain fantasy artwork for quite some time, but I've never come across Theodor Kittlesen till now, his artwork is certainly inspiring (and a little creepy)
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