(1949- ) US fantasy artist and illustrator with a very wide range of artwork styles; he has worked mostly in Cinema, but has many Comics, album sleeves and illustrated books on Dinosaurs to his credit. Most of his work is in pen-line and transparent colour. His most obvious influences are Alphonse Mucha (1860-1939), Frank Frazetta, Al Williamson, Arthur Rackham and W Heath Robinson.
WS's first published work was a 1968 cover for Coven 13. In 1971 he became an assistant to Tarzan artist Russ Manning (1929-1980); he collaborated with Harvey Kutzman on Little Annie Fanny in 1972, and in the mid-1970s produced several distinctive covers for "bootleg" record albums, including The Yardbirds' More Golden Eggs (1974), The Who's Tales from the Who and Who's Zoo (both 1974) and Wings's Great Dane (1976). He also drew stories and covers for several underground comics at this time.
WS's work in the entertainment industries has been considerable, his first being production design for a projected series of three Buck Rogers movies, eventually made as a tv series. Other movies include More American Graffiti (1979), Conan the Barbarian (1981) (see Conan Movies), Heavy Metal, The Movie (1981), Date with an Angel (1982), First Blood (1982), Conan the Destroyer (1984), Return of the Living Dead (1984), Red Sonja (1985), Invaders from Mars (1986), Masters of the Universe (1987) and Predator (1987). He has done posters for Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) and Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979). He did design work on the 1984 New York stage production of Sherlock's Last Case and designed the Universal Studios Tours' live Conan show in 1987.
WS has had a lifelong interest in palaeontology and has been a member of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology since the early 1980s; his work in this area has included the 1982 museum exhibition Death of the Dinosaurs, illustrations for The New Dinosaur Dictionary (1976) by Donald F Glut (1944- ), and The Dinosaurs (graph 1981) with text by William Service, and was the key illustrator in Ray Bradbury's Dinosaur Tales (coll 1983). He collaborated with Byron Preiss on the juvenile The Little Blue Dinosaur (graph 1984). [RT]