‘Eavy Metal from White Dwarf 113, May 1989.
Artist Appreciation Post - John Blanche
John Blanche is a British fantasy and science fiction illustrator and modeler known for his work for Games Workshop’s White Dwarf magazine, Warhammer Fantasy Battles, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay and Warhammer 40,000 games and his role as art director for the company, including his work in the field of fantasy miniature painting, and for illustrations for various game book and Fighting Fantasy publications.
Blanche is known for the dark, gothic, occasionally bizarre, punkish quality of his artwork, and this is something that has carried across onto the Games Workshop game worlds he has helped to shape. His images are, in the words of Patrick Woodroffe, of a style which “has as yet no name, no easy access, no fixed criteria. Is it packaging? Is it comic-book art? Where does it fit? Roleplaying games, and all the paraphernalia that go with them, must still be unfamiliar to the average citizen of this land.”
Blanche himself views his work as drawing on an archetypal core of inherited imagery:
“The first images of primeval man would concern themselves with hunting scenes, heroic action, mighty beasts, death masks, war paint, fetishes and trophies. Today we see the same sorts of themes represented in punk haircuts, studded leather and even in the imagery employed in films like Bladerunner and Aliens. This is the heritage of Western culture, and that is what I am trying to tap when I paint.”
(Info source: Wikipedia. All images credited to John Blanche)
Or as weblike to think of him: John-John Blanchitsu, heretic