Lockwood, Todd

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(1957-    ) US illustrator known primarily for his Fantasy work and for his long association with TSR/Dungeons & Dragons and then Wizards of the Coast. He received his formal art education at Colorado Institute of Art (now the Colorado Art Institute), and initially worked for a design agency before turning to full-time Illustration for clients in the advertising industry.

It was his interest in Role Playing Games that eventually drew him to try his hand at sf and fantasy art; he lists among his influences many of the TSR artists, including Jeff {EASLEY}, Brom, Larry Elmore and Keith Parkinson, other influences including Frank Frazetta, Michael Whelan, Jeff Jones and Donato Giancola . . . and Walt Disney. His first professional commission in the genre was the cover for the October 1993 issue of Asimov's, illustrating the story "Down the River" by R {GARCÍA Y ROBERTSON}. He has illustrated numerous magazine and book covers since, also often contributing interior art.

In the mid-1990s he was introduced to the art director at the Role Playing Game company TSR, who was soon commissioning him regularly; in 1996 he joined the company full-time, remaining with it when it was taken over by Wizards of the Coast the following year. Among the most significant works done for Wizards of the Coast were painting the covers for the many novels in R A Salvatore's various Drizzt Do'Urden series, and heading the design team that revamped the look of Dungeons & Dragons for the Third Edition release (2002). When Wizards of the Coast was in its turn taken over, by Hasbro in 2002, Lockwood returned to being a full-time freelance illustrator.

His favoured media are pencil/graphite, oils and digital paint (especially Corel Painter). His work has appeared in almost all of the editions of {SPECTRUM} since #3; he received the Silver Medal in Spectrum 14 (graph 2007). He has received sixteen Chesley Awards, including the lifetime Artistic Achievement Award in 2004, plus a shared Chesley in 2001 in the Contribution to {ASFA} category. A collection of his work is Transitions: The Art of Todd Lockwood (graph 2003). [JGr]

Todd Wills Lockwood

born Boulder, Colorado: 9 July 1957

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