Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Zdenek Burian Artwork Blog

New posts will be slow for a while because I am recovering from ankle surgery. In the meantime check out this blog of Zdenek Burian Artwork.

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Did Zdenek Burian Influence Frank Frazetta?

I have been a huge fan of Frank Frazetta for 8 years. He is my all time favorite painter. More recently I became a fan of Czech artist Zdenek Burian - a prolific European artist (lesser known in the United States) whose career was spent painting Dinosaurs, Cavemen and illustrations for adventure novels. Over the past few years I have been collecting Burian books and scanning the artwork.

The more I looked at Zdenek Burian's paintings the more I saw resemblances to Frank Frazetta's work in theme, subject matter and style.

Zdenek Burian
Frank Frazetta
Zdenek Burian

What I first noticed was how Frazetta's neanderthal design resembled the neanderthal design by Burian.

I then noticed this Dimorphodon painting by Burian. It almost seemed to be copied and pasted into the Frazetta painting you see below:

The Dimorphodon painting above pretty much sealed the deal for me: Frazetta was definitely influenced by Zdenek Burian. Below are some interesting similarities between the two prolific artists: