Fans of classic rock and fantasy art will no doubt be familiar with the name Roger Dean. The British artist is as synonymous with 1970's prog rock (especially the band Yes) as epic guitar tracks, and his bold, unique art style means you've probably seen and remembered his work, even if you've never remembered his name.
He also, if that's not cool enough, drew some of the most badass video game covers I've ever seen. And then, just for good measure, came up with one of the strangest (yet most fascinating) ideas arcade gaming has ever seen.
Dean was born in England in 1944, and is a man of many talents: while a graduate of the Royal College of Art, he's also received training in furniture design (with props featured in A Clockwork Orange) and architecture.
But it's his fantasy and science fiction art that defines Dean, often focusing on alien landscapes with long, sweeping features and using bright colours that stand in stark contrast to the grim tones many other artists in the genres employ.
Having become somewhat famous with his work providing such pieces to bands for use as album covers in the 1960s and 1970s, Dean teamed up with British publisher Psygnosis in the mid-80s, and would be responsible for the iconic box art featured on games like Chrono Quest, Shadow of the Beast and, my personal favourite, 1987 fighting game Barbarian.
You can see the covers for those games in the Psygnosis gallery I published last year.