Walter Crane is possibly the "king daddy" of all the "really old-school" artists that I've been profiling here. There's just something about these Arts and Crafts Movement illustrators that laid the groundwork for contemporary fantasy art (particularly of the RPG variety.) In fact, Crane was the illustrator for William Morris's Glittering Plain (you know, the book that forbore that little Tolkien work.)
Crane, though, is of particular note for his prolificness and pervasiveness. I don't imagine there's any book about the greatest illustrators of all time, or of the Arts and Crafts Movement, or the history of Children's literature for that matter, that doesn't bear his name somewhere in its pages.
But, for the purpose of today's blog, here's some badass RPG-lookin' art. (BTW, check out the political cartoon. Even that's pretty badass, with it's vampire bat and whatnot.)