Larry Elmore is an American fantasy artist whose work creates illustrations for video games, comics, magazines and fantasy books. His list of work includes illustrations for Dungeons & Dragons, Dragonlance, and the comic series SnarfQuest. He is author of the book Reflections of Myth.
Elmore was born August 5, 1948 in Louisville, Kentucky, and grew up in Grayson County in midwestern Kentucky. Elmore describes his schools days by saying, "The rural school I attended didn't have any art program, so I spent my time drawing - and daydreaming. I was a pretty bad student. ... I was always getting into trouble for drawing in class. I wish I had a quarter for every drawing of mine a teacher destroyed." He majored in art at Western Kentucky University.
A month after graduating from college, Elmore was drafted into the U.S. Army, and assigned as an illustrator in Germany. After getting out of the service, Elmore worked as an illustrator for the United States government for the Ft. Knox Training Aids Department. Three years later, Elmore turned to freelance work, getting his art published in National Lampoon and Heavy Metal magazines.
One of Elmore's friends introduced him to the Dungeons & Dragons game while he was freelancing. Elmore joined the staff of TSR, Inc., the producers of Dungeons & Dragons, in November 1981 and created art work for adventure modules, game books, and novels, as well as paintings for posters and calendars and more. Elmore created the SnarfQuest comic which appeared in Dragon, and was also in charge of creating a look for the Dragonlance saga, and did much of the early sketches for the series.
Elmore was a staff artist at TSR Inc. and contributed to product development and design. He left TSR in 1987. Elmore has illustrated cards for the Magic: The Gathering collectible card game. He also provided cover art for the MMORPG EverQuest.
In 2003, Jan McRae was accused of plagiarizing Elmore's work for tracts printed by Family International, to which she later admitted having done. Over the years, Larry has sold the majority of his published artwork but he has retained the copyrights. His work appears in the book Masters of Dragonlance Art.