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[Deathwatch] David Sutherland, "Dungeons & Dragons" illustrator , 56
- Date: Wed, 15 Jun 2005 06:45:27 -0700 (PDT)
- From: Deathwatch Central <email@example.com>
- Subject: [Deathwatch] David Sutherland, "Dungeons & Dragons" illustrator , 56
Tue, Jun. 14, 2005
Dungeons & Dragons illustrator, Minneapolis native, dies
MINNEAPOLIS - David Sutherland, the Minneapolis native and illustrator
whose images helped lead the fantasy role-playing game "Dungeons &
Dragons" to success in the late 1970s and 1980s, has died of chronic
Sutherland died June 6 at his home in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. He was
A graduate of Minneapolis' Roosevelt High School, he trained as a
commercial artist before serving as a military policeman in Vietnam in
the late 1960s. After returning, he launched his fantasy-art career by
widely distributing his while working odd jobs, such as making
moccasins, said his sister, Trudy DeKeuster of Omaha, Neb.
A university professor involved with "D&D" development helped
Sutherland find his way to Tactical Studies Rules, at the time an
emerging Wisconsin publisher of "D&D."
Sutherland's illustrations include the famed scene of a dragon, a
wizard and a bow-flexing knight on the first "D&D" boxed set that
brought the game into the mainstream. Images on the covers of "Dungeon
Masters Guide" and "Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual," were
his as well. Sutherland also worked as TSR's artistic director, but
felt more at ease doing his own illustrations.
After a Pacific Northwest firm bought TSR in the late 1990s and didn't
rehire Sutherland, his career crashed. Recently divorced, Sutherland
An auction of his memorabilia in late 2004 drew $22,000 and revived his
spirits. The money was used for a trust fund for his daughters.
In addition to his sister and two daughters, Sutherland is survived by
his mother and a brother.
A visitation will be held at 9 a.m., June 22 at Fort Snelling Memorial
Chapel, with a memorial service at 10 a.m. A military burial follows at
11:30 a.m. at Fort Snelling National Cemetery.
Many thanks to Deathwatch Central for posting this obituary