A remembrance by Frank Frazetta's friend, Robert Barrett, originally shared in The Life and Art of Frank Frazetta
Facebook group. "I visited Frank and family in 1970 and when I arrived he had this painting propped up on the living room sofa and was sitting on a kitchen chair working on it. It was about two thirds finished and it was being painted over another painting that had been rejected by the Doubleday Science Fiction Club for a book titled DOWNWARD TO THE EARTH by Robert Silverberg.(Original painting in comments) Frank invited me to sit down next to him and watch him paint. The Nubian "witch" had not been added at that point. Actually Frank was thinking about what he wanted to put before the demon. After a few minutes he jumped up and grabbed a sheet of drawing paper and began to sketch. Soon a rough outline of the girl appeared and he said, "Let's go upstairs and size this up." Upstairs Frank went into a room with an overhead projector. He projected his sketch onto the painting and quickly drew in the outline.. Taking the painting back downstairs and propping it back on the sofa began to paint the Nubian in. It didn't take him long to complete her. When he was finished he had painted her holding a long staff aloft, topped with a human skull. That was how the painting remained until the end of my two week visit. The next time I saw it was as the cover of the Lancer paperback, WITCH OF THE DARK GATE, written by John Jakes -- who wrote the novel around Frank's painting. The staff and skull were no longer there."