Photos of Dave Trampier's artwork for SF

Ascent's picture
May 9, 2014 - 12:38pm
Nice. DAT did many of my favorite pieces, and even the original AD&D DMG. He was there from the beginning. I even learned to draw by tracing many of his pieces and immulated his style for a while. Excellent. Thanks for sharing.

I didn't know that it was DAT who did those Star Frontiers pieces and Wormy. Wormy was cool.

My favorite B&W SF piece has always been the Yazirian and the Vrusk at the planning table. Did you notice on that piece that the table is a flatscreen displaying a digital image of a map that modifies with the Yazirian's movement? Note the little arrows following the Yazirian's finger. That's called a master of science fiction, people. Even the Yazirian's clothing is extremely well thought out.

Some more DAT goodness:
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KRingway's picture
May 10, 2014 - 2:10am
Wormy is probably his best known work. His Star Frontiers artwork was always good. This seems to be a period in his creative output where he was trying a different method for shading, via use of wash. My favourite stuff by him has always been the artwork he created in that style for 'Mutiny on the Eleanor Moraes'.

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Shadow Shack
May 13, 2014 - 7:55pm
Jeff Dee and DAT were my fave D&D artists for the longest time. I didn't care too much for DAT's SF work back in my youth, however as I matured I began to warm up to it later (much like Erol Otus' work in D&D).
I'm not overly fond of Zeb's Guide...nor do I have any qualms stating why. Tongue out

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jedion357's picture
May 14, 2014 - 4:41am
Reading up on DAT's bio is a little disheartening. Clearly something happened back in the '80s and paychecks for artwork sent by TSR were returned unopened. Even when he finally agreed to republish his wormy comic he was very specific that TSR should not be involved nor make any money and was suprised to learn that TSR had been taken over 25 years prior. Clearly there is a story there and just as clearly we are not likely to know what it was that drove Dave from the gaming community and from art. Even his brother in law, Tom Wham, didn't know where he was or what he was doing for all this time.

I couldn't help but notice that this most recent photograph from 2002 has a resemblance to one of his pieces of art:

Is this perhaps a self portrait? Again we may never know but I think I prefer to think of DAT this way.
I hope he's found peace.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!