Saturday, March 19, 2011

RIP Jim Roslof (1946-2011)

According to Jeff R. Leason, who worked at TSR in the late 70s and early 80s as an editor and designer, artist Jim Roslof passed away peacefully this morning. Though the news is not unexpected, it's nonetheless sad to receive.

This coming week I'll be devoting a series of posts to Mr Roslof's artwork as an impromptu memorial to a great illustrator of old school D&D. In case anyone needs reminding of his talent, here's a piece that really stirred my imagination long ago -- the cover to module D1-2 Descent into the Depths of the Earth.

35 comments:

  1. I'm very sad to hear this. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. RIP, Mr. Roslof.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Here is an interesting blog post about Roslof that I found while looking for some more of his artwork online
    http://www.blackgate.com/2010/11/24/art-evolution-11-jim-roslof/

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great pic selection. This and the Thor illustration will always, always stick with me.

    ReplyDelete
  4. RIP Mr. Roslof. I spent many happy hours gazing over your artwork.

    ReplyDelete
  5. A very sad loss. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Another great artist passes on, but his work lives forever.

    ReplyDelete
  7. That piece is one of my favorites; just fuels the imagination to no end!

    RIP good sir.

    ReplyDelete
  8. That's another good one (which you posted). Thanks for the inspiration, Mr. Roslof.

    ReplyDelete
  9. A pity; he was a talented man. RIP

    ReplyDelete
  10. This definitely hit home for me -- thanks for taking the time to share this unfortunate news, James. I'm looking forward to seeing your upcoming posts.

    I'm actually looking for artists for a Jim Roslof tribute project -- more details on my "Worlds of Ink" website -- www.worldsofink.com

    If you know anyone who might be interested in contributing possibly, please spread the word.

    ReplyDelete
  11. n.b. Messages of condolence can also be left on the guestbook at http://www.hdlfuneralhomes.com/content/obituaries/view.jsp?OID=69857 , if desired.

    ReplyDelete
  12. A great artist. He will be missed. Rest in peace, Mr. Roslof.

    ReplyDelete
  13. His artwork is still winning fans. Just this week my daughter discovered my copy of Deities & Demigods and was really digging Jim's illustrations.

    ReplyDelete
  14. His art is now very iconic. The aesthetics of the old school gaming renaissance owe something to this man's work. Thanks for bringing us this news, sad though it may be. At least in death we'll get to celebrate him fine some fine pictures.

    ReplyDelete
  15. Sad. I always enjoyed his artistic style and use of color in his work. He was one of TSR's great stable artists. He will be missed.

    ReplyDelete
  16. For some reason, I remember Jim's black and white work most of all, especially his skill with facial expressions. Great stuff.

    R.I.P.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Very sad. Another one of the greats.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Jim Roslof lent hue to some very meaningful moments in my childhood.

    R.I.P.

    ReplyDelete
  19. It's times like these that remind one of their mortality. When I first saw Jim's work adorning TSR's various products back in the early 80's, I was a teenager. And as a teenager, we all had the world by the horns...."gonna live forever" attitudes. Now, here I am, in my early 40's and one of the iconic artists that influenced my own art is gone.

    A little piece of my past is gone and it just reminds me that the world's horns are larger than what I thought back then.

    R.I.P. Mr. Roslof and thanks for the wonderful inspiration your art gave to me and the rest of the gaming world.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Jim Roslof contributed to the Dungeon Alphabet book back in 2009. Very good work indeed.

    ReplyDelete
  21. The circle is smaller by one.

    Jim Roslof: one of the many, many names that echoed in my youth. One of those TSR guys that somehow made a living spinning worlds, when I was young and had the time and disposable income to pay for it.

    "Jim Roslof" is a name whose passing leaves ripples only at the far edges of the geekosphere. But he is remembered nevertheless... and missed.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Truly a sad day, Rest In Peace Mr Roslof.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Whenever I think of Kuo-Toans, it is always of those as illustrated by Jim. He will be missed.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Jim's work had a real vitality to it- he had a real knack for suggestion action/motion.

    He also seems to have been a genuinely nice guy... we lost another good one.

    ReplyDelete
  25. This is Bill Elise' Gygax Husband
    Laura Roslof wanted us to pass on information since she is so busy
    Wednesday 5-7:00pm wake
    Funeral 7:00pm
    Hasse Derrick Funeral home Elkhorn WI
    Any questions call me
    262-348-6959

    ReplyDelete
  26. It saddens me to hear of Jim Roslof's passing. One of my favorite artists from the classic TSR era. I sent along some artwork thanking him for years of inspiration. Sadly, it didn't make it there in time.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Even today my kids think that Thor illo from Deities and Demigods is just amazingly cool. Rsolof always seemed a little underrated until you go back and look at what he did and how much of it spanned the range from iconic like the covers to coloring in the world as with some of his interior black and white work in The Dragon and various modules. I'm sad to hear of his passing.

    ReplyDelete
  28. R.I.P Jim, fondly remembered, sadly missed.

    ReplyDelete
  29. What I find lacking is any good writing on how to conceptualize and create playable settings and adventures. Gygax DMG has a lot of excellent tables for the random adventure design, but nothing comparacle to the excellent guidelines in the Red Box Moldway set[url=http://www.makeawebguide.com/]website design templates[/url]
    [url=http://www.developer4lease.com]Developer for Hire[/url]

    ReplyDelete
  30. Unbelievable!

    I was just looking at the 1e adventure literally 20 minutes ago, A4 I think it was, one of the "Slave Lords" modules anyways for Erol Otus work and saw his name on a bunch of stuff and thought, wow thats pretty spiffy stuff. And he just passed away today...

    ReplyDelete

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.