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    Krenkel was a proto nerd and was active in sci-fi fandom and knew a lot of guys in sci-fi fandom. This was long before it became cool. Editors in the sci-fi world wanted more work from him, but he just didn't have the drive or confidence or discipline to be a professional. Krenkel was a much beloved figure by all who knew him and he kept up contacts with a lot of sci-fi and fantasy artists, writers, editors, and fans in and around New York.

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    Imo, the talent that RGK lacked, and this goes for a lot of intellectual artists, is what I call "a feel for the real." This ability is what allows an artist to create compositions and figures that "work" regardless of how outlandish the composition or idea. I guess a "feel for the real" would fall under the heading of Howard Pyle's theory of mental projection.

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    Remember fandom was closer to pro work than it is now with some fanzines publishing as good of work as pro stuff both writing and art. So you saw a lot of artists doing both because it was respectable. Jack Gaughan, George Barr, Stephen Fabian, all started as fan artists and all had careers as pros in the 60's and 70's.

    I was friends with Kelly Freas later in his life, there was 30 years between us, but he always treated me as a colleague instead of the newbie fanboy I was and I spent many a convention sipping Bourbon with him in his room staying up till all hours talking about art. He would have done fine in today's market. He was a talented and generous man and could do anything he set his mind to. If you go back and look at his style you will see it morph over the years to keep current but it was still all Kelly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kev ferrara View Post
    Edd Cartier and Kelly Freas were much better artists. (Just speaking of the sci fi artists during the 40s and 50s.)
    Yeah, now I am ashamed I forgot about Cartier.

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