Darrell K. Sweet died suddenly on December 5. He was a leading cover artist in the sf & fantasy field. He was 77.
Sweet produced over 3000 images in the first 30 years of a career that began in 1975. And, his website adds:
He also produces art for trading cards and calendars. He is famous (or perhaps infamous) for providing the covers of the fantasy epic saga The Wheel of Time. He is also the illustrator for the well-known Xanth series by Piers Anthony, the Saga of Recluce series by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. and the Runelords series by David Farland as well as the original cover artist for Stephen R. Donaldson’s series The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever.
He was the 2010 World Fantasy Con Guest of Honor. Just a few months ago he was named one of 2013 Worldcon (LoneStarCon 3) Guests of Honor.
Sweet was born in 1934 in Highland Park, New Jersey. He was a one-time Hugo nominee (1983) and often nominated for the Chesley Award, but surprisingly never won any of the field’s professional awards.
Irene Gallo has posted a fine tribute to Sweet at Tor.com.