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PATRICK WOODROFFE (1940-2014)

One of the most renowned fantasy illustrators of the 1970s, Patrick Woodroffe established a very unique career based on very unorthodox characters and style. His brilliant arc of production spanned several decades before his death in 2014. Like many artists featured here, Woodroffe's peak years of creative success were during the 1970s – a decade in which trade paperbacks dominated the publishing market. It has been suggested that Woodroffe was a self-trained illustrator, which might account for some of his peculiar imagery. While his finest works were typically reserved for veteran writers like Michael Moorcock and Robert Heinlein, Woodroffe was also known to do his own share of scripting. In 1979 he collaborated with progressive rock musician Dave Greenslade to write and illustrate an ambitious musical project called The Penteteuch of Cosmogony. Though Woodroffe's clever brushstrokes could be found all over trade paperbacks of the day, some of his most notable works were developed for hard rock bands like Judas Priest and The Strawbs. Arguably his most recognizable and famous illustration was for the 1976 Judas Priest classic Sad Wings of Destiny – a definitive and breakthrough record for the struggling young band. Woodroffe's eerie painting of the fallen angel perfectly encapsulates the grim feelings expressed by a band working hard to escape the industrial confines of Birmingham, England. Another Woodroffe gem was for the 1975 album Bandolier by Welsh rockers Budgie. This clever illustration clearly pokes fun at the Planet of the Apes film franchise, but instead of those damn dirty apes riding on horseback, Woodroffe replaces them with some damn dirty budgies. Whether his work was published on books or records, Woodroffe's style was always unique and fun. Though Woodroffe was not as well regarded as artists like Roger Dean or Frank Frazetta, his creative legacy remains strong. Without a doubt, Patrick Woodroffe is a creative legend among legends.

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