Doom boxart artist dies
Nov 2 2009 · Random
Don Ivan Punchatz, the artist who helped id Software launch Doom to a greatness by designing the artwork on the box and promotional materials, has died of cardiac arrest.
Don’s work was best known to gamers for his efforts on the Doom packaging – the iconic image of the space marine shooting down into the hellish hordes – but that was only a small part of his work. His styles varied hugely between photo-realism and surrealism and he was affectionately known as ‘The Godfather of Dallas Illustration’ for his work in founding Sketch Pad Studios, which helped launch other artists to greatness.