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 >Ishar 3: The Seven Gates of Infinity

Box art by Ciruelo Cabral

Argentine artwork, first published by Silmarils in 1994.

Designed for the European and American markets. DOS version pictured.

Also available on: Amiga, Atari ST and Windows.


The third and final part of the Ishar series would see Argentine artist and dragon painter specialist Ciruelo Cabral lend his enviable talents.


Named ‘Flying Dark Dragon’ the artwork was originally created in 1989 and first appeared on the front cover of one of the artists own publications, The Book of the Dragon, 1991.  Developer/ publisher Silmarils then, bought the use of rights in 1994. Styalistically it comfortably bookended the other two excellent Tolkien-themed cover arts.


Painted using acrylic on cardboard, its floating, dream like style of composition and use of cool colours can be found clearly inspired by the art of Roger Dean. Dean along with Moebius, and Frank Frazetta would play a big part in shaping the artist’s early creative approach.


Ciruelo’s only other box art to date is another dragon artwork for movie tie-in game, Dragonheart: Fire & Steel, 1996.

Other notable Ciruelo Cabral box arts.

1996

>Dragonheart: Fire & Steel (EU/ NA) PlayStation. Saturn, Windows.











If you like Ishar 3 you’ll love…

1989

>Dragon Wars (worldwide) Amiga, Apple II, Commodore 64, DOS, Famicom,   X68000.




Sources and further reading:

>http://www.dac-editions.com/

>Daniela Sampietro, para Ciruelo Cabral, Muchos Gracias!

Related BOX=ART pages.



1990

>Dragonflight (EU) Amiga, Atari ST, DOS.

>Advanced Dungeons & Dragons: Limited Edition Collector’s Set (NA) DOS.

Posted - 17/3/15, by Adam Gidney

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