Solar Wind Heroes & Villains Oil Painting and Limited Edition Print of a roleplay game illustration
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The Pit of Doom (The Chasm of Doom)
(From the book "Heroes & Villains")
By : Deborah Susan Jones : Editor & Contributing writer
Originally created for the 1985  Lone Wolf roleplay paperback game book "Le Gouffre Maudit" (The Chasm of Doom) Loup Solitaire: Un Livre Dont Vous Etes Le Heros - this was the fourth of the first four cover art pieces produced over Christmas 1984. Painted in Oil and Acrylic on card mounted on wood panel. 
Following the commercial success of these works produced for the Paris-based publisher Editions Gallimard the art was subsequently licensed by The Solar Wind Picture Library to Red Fox books in London at which point, after several more licenses from other primary French editions he created, the Artist was asked to create  the English covers from scratch from then on.
The French covers were also used by Edizioni E. Elle in Triteste as they has a commercial trading relationship with Gallimard and eventually these cover paintings spread out across the globe in almost every country on the planet with the exception of the USA. where later, due to copyright restrictions, the Artist created several replacement works for Berkley Books in New York. It would be impossible to really assess the number of paperbacks on which these cover illustrations appeared but certainly it runs into millions.
The irony in this is that the Artist did not initially seek to be involved in Roleplay Games Art and the requests to create images for both paperback and software games products came purely as as result of the work he was already known for producing, primarily in the Science Fiction genre.
Indeed, though later rescinded due to the impossibility and obsolescence of adopting such a stance, at the outset  The Solar Wind Studio had a policy of never soliciting for work, relying instead on reputation of previous works to elicit trade.
Eventually the Artist gave up having any marketing policy because it became pointless in view of the sheer extent of usage and exposure, including  some infringements of copyright, that came into being.
Deborah Susan Jones

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