Does these two works of art look families to you?

One is "Siegfried kills Fafnir", an illustration to Richard Wagner's The Ring, the illustration being made in 1911:

The other is an illustration done by Uncle Ray for the 7th voyage of Sindbad, which came out in 1958:

I'm not sure if there is any resemblance...

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OMG!  I recognise the Arthur Rackham illustration, and I must have that drawing by Ray in one of his books, but I never saw the two together or made the connection...   well spotted David T!

Heh, I don't feel quite so bad about ripping off - er, paying tribute to -  Ray's style of monster now!  

Man, Ray is going to have to do some explaining when he meets up with Mr Rackham in Genius Heaven...

You can find numerous "homages" to Gustav Doré in Harryhausen's work, too. And let's not forget Charles Knight's dinosaurs. 

This one's pretty obvious, tho, huh?

What's interesting is the way he fudged things a bit... the foliage in the right foreground, for example, becoming another part of the rock, but shaded to match the original composition.

I think this is a case of Art from art>>  Not at all uncommon for one artist to use another's composition, and nothing wrong with it.  Of course the original work DOES have some Freudian overtones. . .    but that is not uncommon, either.

Actually I like Rays version better!

Ray was really the BEST dragon and monster designer I have ever seen.  His cyclops has haunted my imagination for over 50 years.  I finally found the film which has his cyclops getting its hand mashed in the works of a mill: I believe it was Jack the Giant Killer.  Other than the animation, a very forgettable movie.

Freudian overtones? Hmmmm....gosh, whatever could you be referring to? 

Maybe the original art was the inspiration for the penisaurus from Flesh Gordon?


MartindeMadrid said:

I think this is a case of Art from art>>  Not at all uncommon for one artist to use another's composition, and nothing wrong with it.  Of course the original work DOES have some Freudian overtones. . .    but that is not uncommon, either.

I immediately recognized the source when I saw that drawing of Ray's - being a huge Rackham fan. I definitely prefer Rackham's version, it has more life and verve to it, but Ray's is easier to see clearly and has a more satisfying sense of sculptural solidity to it. 

I too prefer Rackham's drawing, but it's all about line. Ray's is a practical design for something that will have to be actually made in three dimensions.
Martin - It's not actually Ray's cyclops that gets its hand crushed in a mill, but a giant, that like most things in Jack the Giant Killer, was a deliberate imitation of Ray's first Sinbad film by a producer who had unwisely turned down the script for 7th voyage and saw it make money. For me the Cylops remains a timeless and classic monster design that got everything right, the dragon less so.

Rackham was a master of the craft. I'm a big fan of Pyle and N.C. Wyeth too, particularly Wyeth.

^ Brandywine School for the win!!! 

Thanks for posting David. Very cool to see the two master works side by side. I love both pictures. It made me think of the quote by Pablo Picasso "Good artists copy, great artists steal" Not that I think the picture was stolen, more like channeled or used only in essence then added to. I guess I have interpreted that to be the essence of what Picasso meant with his quote. Like tapping into the muse when you get in a groove with your artistic brain and it comes so easy it feels like stealing. Ray Harryhausen's looks like a definite touch of "what do we want framing this shot" mastery was applied to the staging of the picture. Very impressive. 

Seeing Rackhams work imediatly reminds me of Brian Frouds work.

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