David Grove, 1940-2012

David Grove passed away last week after a long struggle with emphysema. He was an immensely accomplished illustrator since the 1970s, having worked for just about every book publisher, magazine, movie studio, and major advertising firm over the past four decades. He was inducted into the Illustration Hall of Fame in 2007, and a retrospective of his work was mounted by the Society of Illustrators in the summer of 2012.

I’m sure most Tor.com readers remember the Something Wicked this Way Comes movie poster above. I had the honor of working with David on a number of SFF book projects—a few Gene Wolfe books (including interior drawings), David Keck’s novels, and The Eye of the World ebook cover, among other projects. David’s work was fluid and dream-like but, make no mistake about it, everything was thoughtful and planned. There was no aspect of his life where he did not strive for beauty and perfection. He will be deeply missed. 

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