Good artists copy; great artists steal.

– Steve Jobs*

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Iain McCaig, Deathtrap Dungeon

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Martin McKenna, Death on the Reik


Josh Kirby, Tower of Screaming Death (detail)


John Blanche, Hrothyogg’s Tower (detail)

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Ivan Bilibin, Vodyanoy

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Martin McKenna, Something Rotten in Kislev

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Ivan Bilibin, Ovinnik (detail)

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Martin McKenna, Something Rotten in Kislev

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Ivan Bilibin, Domovoy (detail)

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Martin McKenna, Something Rotten in Kislev

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Alan Lee, Irish Folk-tales**

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Tony Ackland, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay, first edition 


* Although Jobs apparently attributed this quotation to Pablo Picasso, it seems there is no evidence that Picasso said these words. There is a long history of similar comments going back to the 19th century, often espousing the opposite view. For more information, see this link.

** As identified by Zhu Bajiee.


2 thoughts on “GREAT ARTISTS STEAL

  1. The SRiK ones are fairly direct copies aren’t they? I remember seeing the vodyanoy one as an illustration on the Wikipedia entry and wondering why they had chosen an illustration from a gaming supplement.


    1. Yes, when I first saw them I had to go to my New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology to check they weren’t the same. I think Graeme Davis has said he provided a copy of the same book to Martin McKenna to show what the spirits should look like. McKenna often seemed to work from other images. It probably explains his impressive productivity at GW.


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