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In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« on: 29 June 2020, 13:25:42 »
Artist Jim Holloway, whose work graced the covers of a number of early BattleTech products, died Sunday according to a post by his son, Mike, on his Facebook page.

Holloway’s prolific work spanned the breadth of the sci-fi and fantasy genres, particularly during the 1980s and 1990s. Best known for his covers and interiors for Dungeons & Dragons game products and Dragon magazine, he was also the original artist for the Paranoia roleplaying game and contributed artwork for Iron Crown Enterprises’ Lord of the Rings products, among many other games.

Holloway’s illustrations across all of the original core BattleTech products, including BattleTech Second Edition, CityTech, AeroTech, and MechWarrior First Edition established a look for the line which influenced decades of BattleTech art.

“Jim Holloway was one of the earliest contributors to BattleTech, and his vision defined so much of what drew myself and so many others to the universe,” said Ray Arrastia, BattleTech Line Developer. “His paintings and illustrations remain in my mind to this day, and they still inform the creative direction of the BattleTech Universe. He will be missed.”

His cover of the first edition of the MechWarrior roleplaying game, a memorable first-person view inside a BattleMech’s cockpit, was recently honored with a modern update on the cover of the MechWarrior: Destiny roleplaying game. Holloway’s cover for the first edition of Decision at Thunder Rift served as a bold introduction to generations of BattleTech fiction readers, as did his covers for Tales of the Black Widow Company, the Gray Death Legion sourcebook, The Fox’s Teeth, and much more.

“In the fall of 1986 I walked into a game store and saw my first ever BattleTech book, The Fox’s Teeth,” said Randall N. Bills, Catalyst Game Labs’ Managing Developer. “Jim Holloway’s cover instantly pulled me into that universe. His Succession Wars cover still remains one of my all-time favorite BattleTech illustrations, as it captures all of the action and intrigue that has made this game such a success for over thirty-five years. His legacy as an artist has touched so many people.”

On behalf of everyone at Catalyst Game Labs, we offer our condolences to the Holloway family and all fans of Jim’s work.

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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #1 on: 29 June 2020, 13:30:40 »
I heard earlier this morning as well. His cover art are among my favorites in the franchise -- particularly the way the subjects occupy the space around them. The Fox's Teeth cover is a particular standout in capturing the feel of the universe. He'll definitely be missed.
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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #2 on: 29 June 2020, 13:42:30 »
The cover of Rolling Thunder was one of the first pieces of artwork I saw for BattleTech and it drew me in so much.  I showed it to my wife (who's an artist herself) earlier after hearing of his death and she saw immediately why it was so effective - the colour palette, the use of space, the excellent use of perspective and how so much is happening but the piece never feels busy. 
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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #3 on: 29 June 2020, 13:44:58 »
The cover of Rolling Thunder was one of the first pieces of artwork I saw for BattleTech and it drew me in so much.  I showed it to my wife (who's an artist herself) earlier after hearing of his death and she saw immediately why it was so effective - the colour palette, the use of space, the excellent use of perspective and how so much is happening but the piece never feels busy.
Indeed, Rolling Thunder is a treat. One of my friends jokingly says the Mechwarrior is waving "Hi mom" to the sky.
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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #4 on: 29 June 2020, 14:19:12 »
Condolences.  Maybe I'll paint the new Locust in the Decision at Thunder Rift cover colors now

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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #5 on: 29 June 2020, 14:24:54 »
R.I.P. Jim.   :(
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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #6 on: 29 June 2020, 14:40:41 »
 RIP :(
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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #7 on: 29 June 2020, 15:51:33 »
Yep, the BattleMaster on the cover of Rolling Thunder is probably his most iconic work. Followed closely by the Rifleman/cockpit picture on the MW 1st Ed. cover. Or the Shadow Hawk on the rulebooks of the BattleTech 2nd Ed. and CityTech boxed sets. So much iconic imagery from the early days...
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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #8 on: 29 June 2020, 15:56:20 »
The MW1e cover will always be my favorite piece of BT art... RIP, sir, RIP...  :-\

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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #9 on: 29 June 2020, 16:06:47 »
R.I.P.

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« Reply #10 on: 29 June 2020, 16:07:24 »
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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #11 on: 29 June 2020, 17:20:28 »
Jim Holloway's work was a big part of what drew me into BattleTech in the first place. His covers were colourful and eye-catching, and created a very vibrant world off the bat.

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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #12 on: 29 June 2020, 17:33:38 »
What a lost.... his art covers are timeless. They definitely caught feel of the books and other game covers. Wild, cheeky, action pack!  Those are some of things his art hinted what was under the covers. RIP.
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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #13 on: 29 June 2020, 18:21:16 »
Loved his D&D work as well.  And the evidence that there were ashtrays in 'Mechs.

He will be missed. 

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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #14 on: 29 June 2020, 18:47:42 »
So very sad. RIP.
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« Reply #15 on: 29 June 2020, 20:00:25 »
I never really pay attention to the names of artists who do game books, but as I look over the gallery of stuff he drew, I see that these are some of my favorite pieces of Battletech art.  Every piece made me say "oh that looks cool."


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« Reply #16 on: 30 June 2020, 11:59:49 »

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« Reply #17 on: 30 June 2020, 12:13:57 »
Have enjoyed his art in a multitude of books and modules.  RIP Jim, one of the classic best.
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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #18 on: 30 June 2020, 12:16:34 »
His art is what drew me into the Battletech universe all those years ago starting with Decision at Thunder Rift. I saw the Locust on the cover and knew I had to read the book. Follow by the stunning Warhammer that graced the cover of 2nd. His art is grab my imagination and never let go.

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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #19 on: 30 June 2020, 12:58:42 »
This is sad news. Some of my favorite RPG illustrations are from him, especially the wonderfully whacky art he made for the old Paranoia game (Poor Suck-R... shouldn't flaunt Machine Empathy like that...). He's definitely gonna be missed.

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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #20 on: 30 June 2020, 13:01:53 »
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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #21 on: 30 June 2020, 17:46:42 »
Jim Holloway's cover art was an indelible part of the BattleTech universe--to Jordan Weisman, the MechWarrior First Edition cover was BattleTech. Rolling Thunder is tied as my favorite BattleTech sourcebook, in large part because the cover art drew in a young me though I had been exposed to the first TROs earlier. But for me, his sublime work on the cover of Record Sheets Volume 5 and the back of CityTech pretty much sums up BattleTech in my mind's eye.

A Holloway cover showed BattleMechs, but they also showed people amidst the detritus of war. He could show an action scene without every single weapon opening up. He could show people being people, and he could show the utter catastrophe of a battlezone inhabited by walking tanks without overbearing about it. He understood that there is no war without people, and when there is war, the people in its midst remain the focus.

His work remains effortless and timeless. It introduced so many of the people on this board and countless others to a universe that at some level still exists because he--in conjunction with many talented others--drew so many of them in in the first place.

I am personally saddened by this, and my condolences go out to his family and friends. He will be missed by me and many as an artist, and as a person by I would imagine yet more. May he and those who he loved and loved him find some measure of peace in due time...
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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #22 on: 01 July 2020, 20:43:03 »
You know, looking through his stuff, I just realized the Archer from Citytech (I think) and the Locust from Thunder Rift have the same paint scheme, and I don't know what scheme that is in canon, if its been named or not.

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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #23 on: 01 July 2020, 23:04:19 »
Jim is the reason I go out of my way to collect a lot of the old BattleTech stuff. His art is iconic, and there was something about it that just drew me in. My favorite is probably the cover for Snord's Irregulars.

RIP, good sir.  :'(
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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #24 on: 02 July 2020, 05:01:14 »
Mr. Holloway, your cover art for the Battletech 2nd edition box set is what got me to climb into a Mech and I thank you. Godspeed on your next lifetime.

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Re: In Memoriam: BattleTech Artist Jim Holloway
« Reply #25 on: 04 July 2020, 07:45:12 »
 :'( I have alot of early Battletech books with his art. Rest in peace.