I consider Parkinson, Elmore and Caldwell to be premiere members of the second generation of DnD illustrators. Technically proficient, that group of artists raised the bar when it came to the quality of art appearing in Dungeons and Dragons publications.
But while they brought a more professional look to DnD game materials, their skill came at too high a price. Dungeons and Dragons art became increasingly disconnected from the game itself.
Fewer and fewer covers and interior illustrations reflected what Dungeons and Dragons was all about.
Instead, we had posing and posturing of highly fantasized personalities.
Here are three illustrations, by Parkinson, Elmore and Caldwell, gracing the covers of Dragon Magazines, that are representative of the second generation of Dungeons and Dragons art.
Yes, these are excellent examples of fantasy art, but none provide any insight into, or reflect the major themes of, Dungeons and Dragons.