When we were kids we bought many Spanish 8bit computer games hyped by their colorful covers, just to be dissapointed because the games almost never were as good as these illustrations. Yesterday passed away Alfonso Azpiri, the most iconic cover artist behind them.
He was the most prolific, unique, skilled artist behind dozens of these titles published by companies as Opera Soft, Dinamic or Topo Soft. In our country Luis Royo was the only other cover artist as popular as him, due to the insane quality of his highly realistic and detailed covers.
Azpiri, born in Madrid, was also known for his comics. Some of them were family friendly as Mot, which inspired a videogame and a French tv series. But most of them, like Lorna, were NSFW and published in adult comic magazines as Heavy Metal, Cimoc, Penthouse Comix or Playboy.
In cinema he did storyboards, character design, cover art and more for many movies as El Caballero del Dragón (Star Knight), Helter Skelter (2000, by Jess Franco), Wax, DVD, Rojo Sangre and more, and he also drawn many film festival posters.
In his later years Norma Editorial published different artbooks about his work in videogames and compilations with old comics previously included in Cimoc or Penthouse. After many years he did some videogame promotional art more for Dark Souls II, La Corona Encantada (made by our friends Relevo) and the awesome Ghost 1.0.
A genious, a true Spanish gaming industry legend who inspired and influenced us since our childhood. Alfonso, as I told you once personally, thanks to people like you today we are making videogames. We’ll never forget you, we’ll miss you.