It is with incredible sadness and regret that we report the death of our dear friend, and fellow contributor, William O’Connor. William passed away suddenly this week, and leaves behind a Wife and two young Daughters.

For the past year and a half, William has dutifully contributed to this blog with his ‘Artist of the Month’ segments, where he spotlights some of the most influential artists of the past. We think it a fitting tribute to honor his memory in the same way.

Bill was a skilled artist, a loving father, and a sincerely good friend. He had a substantial impact on not just the industry, but also on the lives and hearts of those of us in it.

He will be deeply, deeply missed. 

Obituary and Service details:


Author/Illustrator of the best selling Dracopedia book series, as well as illustrator of over 3000 illustrations for the gaming and publishing business, William O’Connor’s 20 year career has allowed him to work with such companies as: Wizards of the Coast, Impact Books, Blizzard Entertainment, WhiteWolf/CCP, Lucas Films, Activision and many more.

A winner of over 30 industry awards for artistic excellence including 6 contributions to Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantasy Art and 8 Chesley nominations, William has taught and lectured around the country about his unique and varied artwork.





Watch a timelapse of William’s painting, ‘Flight of the Paladin’ below:



Click HERE to listen to William O’Connor on WNPR radio talk about the history and cultural legacy of the world of dragons:


And of Course, be sure to visit the Dracopedia Blog to get a glimpse into William’s world of Dragons.



William O’Connor & his Daughter in his Home Studio.