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    Gary M Ruddell

    Born: November 6 (or 16), 1951, San Mateo, CA
    Nationality: American
    Location: San Rafael, California
    Education: California College of the Arts in Berkley, California (1975)
    Known For : Shining Force II
    Years Active: 1988–1999

    Gary Ruddell is a California-based American artist known for his representational fine art paintings and early illustration art. After graduating from college, Gary began a career as a freelance illustrator. While also working for magazines like Rolling Stone and Playboy and other clients, Gary began painting science fiction and fantasy book covers in 1981. Over the next two decades, Gary would go on to illustrate more than 200 book covers, counting Bantam Books, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Avon Books, Ace Books, Ballantine Books and Baen Books among his clients.

    Though Gary’s game box art catalog is limited in quantity, he left his mark in sheer quality, having illustrated multiple substantial titles, including Shining Force II (as well as Sega CD and Game Gear releases in the series), Knights of the Round, and King’s Field. Gary’s game art was seldom credited, but his style and technique are discernible in reviewing his game oeuvre: Gary generally worked in dark palettes and he often leveraged simple, sometimes monochromatic, backgrounds behind distinct characters. His rendering of human hair, in particular, is consistent across his game works, even as the tightness of his brushwork or level of detail varied.

    OVGA has included below Gary Ruddell’s full known box art catalog:

    1. Shufflepuck Cafe (Broderbund | Home Computers, Famicom (JP) | 1988)
    2. Prophecy (Activision | DOS | 1989)
    3. M.U.L.E. (Mindscape, Inc. | NES | Sept. 1990)
    4. Shining Force: The Sword of Hajya (Sega | Game Gear | Jun. 1993)
    5. Shining Force II (Sega | Genesis | Oct. 1993)
    6. Knights of the Round (Capcom | SNES | Apr. 1994)
    7. Cosmic Carnage (Sega | 32X | Dec. 1994)
    8. Shining Force CD (Sega | Sega CD | Mar. 1995)

    Boris Vallejo

    Born: January 8, 1941 Lima, Peru
    Nationality: Peruvian-American
    Location: Allentown, Pennsylvania
    Education: Escuela Nacional Superior Autónoma de Bellas Artes del Perú
    Known For : Golden Axe II
    Years Active: 1989–2005

    Boris Vallejo is a modern master of fantasy illustration. With a worldwide fan following beginning in the late 1970s following publication of his 1978 book “The Fantastic Art of Boris Vallejo,” Boris has illustrated more than a dozen video game boxes.

    Born in Lima, Peru to a prominent lawyer, Boris was interested in art from an early age but studied the violin for seven years followed by medicine for two years before ultimately entering art college, where he was quickly noticed by his extraordinary style and talent. Boris found work and was recognized for his artwork while employed by the Peruvian branch of McCann Erickson, a large advertising agency, but in 1964 at the age of 23 emigrated to the United States to try his luck in New York. After subsisting for a few years on various small jobs, Boris’s career as we know it began when he painted a warrior fighting a creature from Greek mythology and sold the painting to Warren Publications where it was later published on the cover of an issue of Eerie Comics, a magazine often graced by Frank Frazetta paintings. Boris was soon in demand to paint illustrations for book covers, movie posters, and record album jackets.

    Working almost exclusively in oils, Boris’ hyper-realistic style featuring fit, perfectly proportioned and muscular figures is unmistakable. While faraway lands filled with monsters and barbarians imbue Boris’ fantasy paintings, a bodybuilding enthusiast himself, the human figure remains the focus of his works. The distinct look and renown of Boris’ work no doubt attracted video game publishers such that Boris’ game illustrations were often signed prominently in an era when many pieces were unsigned or when publishers deliberately obscured an artist’s signature. Ballistic (Accolade) in particular promoted the art of Boris Vallejo as a selling point for their games, including mail-in offers within the game boxes

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