|Died||26 April 2011|
Chaffee believed the future of the human race is in the stars. A product of Cold-War science fiction, Chaffee turned his energies to the technological. He became the head of IBM’s art department during the early years of the space race. His career quickly skyrocketed as one of the leading artists, not only in his genre, but of his generation.
Chaffee began illustrating space related subjects during a time when the space program was young and at a time when few artists knew how the Earth looked from space. While the "Space Age" was in its infancy, his work was winning national awards in shows relating to the space program and in the aerospace field. Several years before the Viking probes reached Mars, he illustrated a National Geographic article about the Red Planet, authored by Carl Sagan.
Chaffee’s artworks ranged from paintings for NASA, the military, the book and the gaming industry. His paintings were owned by top ranking military officers, corporate executives, and famous authors, including Tom Clancy, as well as a shuttle astronaut. Chaffee did the official program painting for the Trident submarine program and his work was hung in the Smithsonian, the John F. Kennedy Federal Building, the American Airlines museum and was featured in Air Force Times, Think, Newsweek, and U.S. News & World Report, as well as several military and science magazines.
The US Vice President’s airplane, a World’s Fair poster, a calendar painting for a major aerospace client, a painting for the Air Force’s Special Tactics Group and paintings for government leaders outside the US were also part of his portfolio. Doug won many awards with his art, including Bests of Show from the National Association of Industrial Artists and the World Military Gaming convention. He won the Frank R. Paul award for science fiction and received a nomination for a Chesley Award.
Best-selling author Tom Clancy (Hunt for Red October) was an enthusiastic collector of Chaffee’s submarine art. Clancy autographed fifty artist proofs of Above Top Secret, after he purchased the original.
Chaffee worked for computer game companies and illustrated BattleTech, Magic, and other collectible card games. Chaffee’s paintings appeared in Inquest, Duelist, Scrye, and on covers for Strategy & Tactics magazine, as well as many game box and module game covers. Doug Chaffee was the Guest of Honor at the World Gaming Convention, as well as Artist Guest of Honor at several other major conventions.
Doug Chaffee illustrated the covers for the following BattleTech products:
- 1986 Technical Readout: 3025
- 1995 Technical Readout: 3058
- 1998 Technical Readout: 3060
- 2006 Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade
- 2006 Technical Readout: Vehicle Annex
- 2007 Technical Readout: 3050 Upgrade
- 2008 Technical Readout: 3039
- 2011 Technical Readout: 3085
- 1996 Field Manual: Draconis Combine
- 1997 Field Manual: Free Worlds League
- 1998 Field Manual: Warden Clans
- 1999 Field Manual: ComStar
- 2000 Field Manual: Federated Suns
- 2000 Field Manual: Capellan Confederation
- 2000 Field Manual: Lyran Alliance
- 2001 Field Manual: Periphery
- 2003 Field Manual: Mercenaries, Revised
- 2003 Field Manual: Updates
- 1999 Ghost of Winter
- 1999 Falcon Rising
- 2000 Measure of a Hero
- 2001 Initiation to War
- 2001 Test of Vengeance
- 2002 Operation Audacity
Over forty five (45) paintings.
Black & White
Doug Chaffee illustrated many BattleTech products, including various House sourcebooks, with black and white line art in the above and in the following:
- 1997 Northwind Highlanders
- 2002 Technical Readout: 3067
- 2003 Technical Readout: 3026 Revised
- 2004 Technical Readout: 3057 Revised
- 2005 Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade
- BattleTech-related artwork by Doug Chaffee