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The late Darrell K. Sweet's work is truly beautiful. Yes, it is true that he had one great weakness--the human figure. Often awkward and looking like a hasty "dash-off," his renderings of people seldom come up to par. But every artist has his/her roster of strengths and weaknesses, and in Sweet's case the former far outweigh the latter. His dragon renditions, especially, are superlative, as are most of his other animals, whether real-world or fantastic, and his background work is extraordinary. ...more
Darrell K. Sweet's artwork has largely directed my tastes in fantasy fiction. Many of the authors I've read--Modesitt, Jordan, Kurtz, Anthony, McKillip, even Tolkien--I was originally drawn to because of the familiar and clean style of Darrell K. Sweet on the covers of their books, which had become, to a degree, part of my shared vision of fantasy.