|Birth name||Gerald Brom|
March 9, 1965 |
Albany, Georgia, U.S.
|Field||Fantasy art, Illustration|
Gerald Brom (born March 9, 1965 in Albany, Georgia), known professionally as Brom, is an American gothic fantasy artist and illustrator, known for his work in role-playing games, novels, and comics.
Brom was born March 9, 1965, in Albany, Georgia. As the son of a U.S. Army pilot he spent much of his early years on the move, living in many countries such as Japan and Germany (he graduated from Frankfurt American High School), and U.S. states including Alabama and Hawaii. Brought up as a military dependent he was known by his last name only, and now signs his name as simply Brom: "I get that asked more than just about any other question. It's my real name, my last name. I got called Brom all the time as a kid, and it just stuck."
Brom has been drawing and painting since childhood, although he had never taken any formal art classes. "I wouldn't exactly call myself self-taught, because I've always looked at the work of other artists and emulated what I liked about it. So you can say they taught me." Brom cites the work of Frank Frazetta, N.C. Wyeth, and Norman Rockwell as influences on his style: "Okay... Rockwell isn't the kind of inspiration most people expect from me, but he just painted things so well. To me it's not so much the genre but the way it's done, and you have to admire his technique."
At the age of 20, Brom started working full-time as a commercial illustrator. By age twenty-one, he had two national art representatives, and was doing work for such clients as Coca-Cola, IBM, CNN, and Columbia Pictures. TSR, Inc. hired Brom on full-time in 1989 at the age of 24. Brom contributed to all of TSR's game and book lines, particularly the Dark Sun setting: "I pretty much designed the look and feel of the Dark Sun campaign. I was doing paintings before they were even writing about the setting. I'd do a painting or a sketch, and the designers wrote those characters and ideas into the story. I was very involved in the development process. I've been fortunate to be involved in the development end of a lot of projects I've worked on, from role-playing games to computer games." According to Shannon Appelcline, Brom "contributed the unique illustrations for Dark Sun that helped to set it apart from the other TSR games with their more typical fantasy drawings".:26 His paintings have been published in collectible card games such as Wizards of the Coast's Magic: The Gathering and Last Unicorn Games' Heresy: Kingdom Come. Brom's paintings, along with Frank Frazetta's, were used in the development of the visual look of the game series Warlords.
In 1993, after four years at TSR, Brom returned to the freelance market, still specializing in the darker side of the roleplaying game, card game, and comic book genres. Shane Lacy Hensley came up with the idea for the game Deadlands after he saw Brom's cover to Necropolis: Atlanta from White Wolf, and got Brom to do the cover for the initial release.:325 His artwork also appeared on book covers from authors such as Michael Moorcock, Anne McCaffrey, and Terry Brooks. Brom contributed conceptual work to computer games such as Heretic II, and several top creature houses for films such as Stan Winston Studios; he also co-created, art directed, and illustrated the Dark Age collectible card game. He has since worked as a movie concept artist, and created illustrations for comics (by DC, Chaos, Dark Horse) and computer games (for id Software, Blizzard, Sega and Activision). Brom has also been active with a line of Brom fetish toys from Fewture and a series of bronzes from the Franklin Mint and paintings for novels (by Michael Moorcock, Terry Brooks, R.A. Salvatore, Edgar Rice Burroughs).
Brom returned to TSR in 1998, doing paintings for the Alternity game, the AD&D role-playing game and its Forgotten Realms and Planescape lines, and covers for Dragon and Dungeon magazines. His work is included in the book Masters of Dragonlance Art. He has also returned to painting for book covers for TSR's successor Wizards of the Coast, including the covers for the War of the Spider Queen series and reprints of The Avatar Series.
Brom currently resides with his wife and two sons in the Seattle, Washington area.
- KRAMPUS the YULE LORD (2012)
- The Child Thief (2009)
- The Devil's Rose (2007)
- The Plucker (2005) 
- Darkwerks: The Art of Brom (2000)
- Brom's Little Black Book
- Metamorphosis (2007) (beinArt) ISBN 978-0-9803231-0-8
- The Art of Brom (2013) (Flesk) ISBN 978-1-933865-50-8
- War of the Spider Queen: Dissolution (2003)
- War of the Spider Queen: Insurrection (2003)
- War of the Spider Queen: Condemnation (2004)
- War of the Spider Queen: Extinction (2005)
- War of the Spider Queen: Annihilation (2005)
- War of the Spider Queen: Resurrection (2005)
Movies & TV (as concept artist)
- Van Helsing (2004)
- Scooby-Doo (2002)
- The Time Machine (2002) (uncredited)
- Ghosts of Mars (2001)
- Bless the Child (2000)
- Sleepy Hollow (1999) (poster art)
- Galaxy Quest (1999)
- Doom II
- Diablo II
- Diablo III
- Heretic II
- Skyborg: Into the Vortex
- Dungeons & Dragons: Tower of Doom
- Dungeons & Dragons: Shadow over Mystara
- Button Men:Brom (a series of 12 buttons for the Cheapass Games collectible game)
- Dark Age (concept artist)
- Deadlands, 1st edition (cover artist)
- Magic the Gathering: Full Card List as Artist (concept artist)
- Nightbane, (cover artist)
- South America: Rifts World Book Six, (cover & internal artist)
- Miller, Stanley A. III (August 4, 2002). "Gen Con offerings still magical", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, p. E1.
- Kenson, Stephen (October 1999). "Profiles: Brom". Dragon (Renton, Washington: Wizards of the Coast) (#264): 112.
- "Brom". Archived from the original on Feb 24, 2009.
- Shannon Appelcline (2011). Designers & Dragons. Mongoose Publishing. ISBN 978-1-907702-58-7.
- "Heresy Cards by Artist". The Sendai Bubble. Archived from the original on 2003-12-10. Retrieved 2011-08-17.
- Fawkner, Steve (September 2007). "Infinite Interactive's Puzzle Quest: Challenge of the Warlords", Game Developer 14 (8): 42.
- D'Ammassa, Don (January 2003). "Masters of Dragonlance Art", Chronicle 25 (1): 30.
- Brom's official website
- Gerald Brom at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- Gerald Brom at the Internet Movie Database
- Interview with Brom at Wizards.com
- 2005 Podcast interview with Brom
- Brom – Surreal Art Collective
- Pen & Paper listing for Brom archive
- Ten Dreams Galleries