The Hildebrandt Brothers
The Brothers Hildebrandt, Tim and Greg, were born on January 23, 1939. Greg and Tim would work together and separately, and together again, winning awards and fame. They created everything from their fantasy novel, Urshurak, to the world famous poster for Star Wars, to the best-selling calendars illustrating J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. Together they won the coveted Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators.
They were strongly influenced by many great comic books, like Green Lantern, Terry & the Pirates, Steve Canyon, Prince Valiant, Wonderwoman, Bat-Man, and Superman. They were captivated by other forms of fantasy: marionettes, especially Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy; science fiction novels and films, including Frankenstein, When Worlds Collide and War of the Worlds; and illustrators N.C. Wyeth and Maxfield Parrish.Perhaps their biggest influence was Walt Disney, especially his Snow White and Fantasia. They dreamed of becoming Disney animators. While they did not work for Disney, they became animators and documentary film makers, winning the Golden Eagle award for Project Hope. They illustrated the Sword of Shannara, painted the posters for Barbarella, Clash of the Titans, and the world-famous Star Wars. They went on to write and illustrate their epic fantasy novel, Urshurak, which reached the New York Times Bestsellers List. In 1981 they separated to pursue separate careers. Greg's art has appeared on covers for Omni and Heavy Metal. The Franklin Mint and Lenox have issued his work on collector's plates, figurines, dolls, and swords. It has been on advertising for ABC and Dr. Pepper and has been licensed for many products. In l984, Greg illustrated Mary Stewart's Merlin Trilogy. Lady Stewart wrote and said that her words and characters were moving around in Greg's world. He has illustrated 15 classics, including: The Wizard of OZ, Aladdin, Robin Hood, Dracula, and Phantomof the Opera. There are over3,500,000 copies in print of the combined titles. The New York Times has said "Fortunate the child or adult who receives a gift of classics richly illustrated by Greg Hildebrandt."
Tim illustrated calendars for TSR, Dungeons & Dragons, Realms of Wonder and The Dragon Riders of Pern. He painted numerous sci-fi/fantasy covers including: Amazing Stories, The Time of Transference, and The Byworlder. He was commissioned to paint the cover for The illusion of Life by Disney animators Ollie Johnson and Frank Thomas. Tim's art has been on advertising for AT&T and Levi's, and on packages for Return of the Jedi. After 12 years the Brothers reunited. They have worked on horror steins, posters for Marvel, pre-production art for Stan Lee, a book on King Tut1s Tomb, a pop-out book on dragons, a Marvel Masterpieces card set, X-Men and Spiderman card sets, Terry & The Pirates, and have just completed an X-Men 2099 painted Bookshelf edition for release in January 1996.
Greg's art is collected by many famous people, including Michael Jackson, Robin Williams, and the owner of WordPerfect. In February of 1993, the centerfold painting of The Unexpected Party,from the 1977 Tolkien calendar, sold for $150,000.
The art of the Brothers Hildebrandt allows the fantasies and dreams of children of all ages to come true.
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