John Blanche is a British fantasy and science fiction illustrator and modeler known for his work for Games Workshop's White Dwarf magazine, Warhammer Fantasy Battle, Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay and Warhammer 40,000 games and for his role as art director for the company.
From 1977 Blanche became associated with Games Workshop, supplying the cover for issue 4 of their gaming publication White Dwarf, and producing the cover for the first British edition of Dungeons & Dragons, for which the company possessed the UK licence.1 After 1979 he continued to produce work for the company, including further illustrations for the magazine and the box art for the first edition of Games Workshop's own Warhammer Fantasy Battle game in 1983.
After the company's move to Nottingham in 1986, Blanche was eventually made art director of Games Workshop through his acquaintance with new manager Bryan Ansell, directing the in-house art department, commissioning work from outside illustrators, and producing designs for Citadel Miniatures and artwork, and where he currently remains. He has overseen and contributed to regular art and miniature painting columns in White Dwarf for many years, as well as providing numerous illustrations for Games Workshop games, and, with other artists like Ian Miller and Adrian Smith, providing a formative contribution to the look of the companies core products.
In recent years, following a period of poor health, he has focused more on working on sketchbooks relating to Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000, describing himself as "living in the worlds he has helped to create".
- 1: "Interview with John Blanche" http://seangoblin.blogspot.com/2009/04/interview-with-john-blanche.html
- 2: Ratspike - John Blanche + Ian Miller (1989) GW Books, ISBN 978-1872372006.
- 3: White Dwarf 116 (UK)
- 4: Inquis Exterminatus
- 5: The Gothic and the Eldritch