I love Dragonlance art, but I can see the sins of the books as actual adventures in the stately and very planned compositions.
Sure, but did these guys even get published? What are they from?But just look at how much better Karl Kopinksi's Lizard Men
- Top of mind front covers: D3 blue version Eclavdra, H2 Mines of Bloodstone Orcus Parkinson, S4 behir Otus, X5 Temple of Death montage Tim TrumanThis has me engaged now. Moving on: What's the best published adventure FRONT Cover? Bonus points for best back cover...
I agree the beholder is well drawn...the rest, not so much. My objection is the ren-faire nature of this scene. Modernism projected into the D&D world was never my cup-o-tea.Sure, but did these guys even get published? What are they from?
I hate city intrigue and this made me want to run Waterdeep:
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Shit. Back in the day, this made me go back to the MM to check the actual size of Beholders. The classic MM art in this case is terribly misleading! The dude has two pet Intellect Devourers and a pet Drow with 80's hair and aerobics stockings! Tell me more! This is, hands down, THE BEST beholder that has ever or WILL EVAR be rendered. This should be the motherfucking gold standard in every monstrous compendium from here to eternity. amen.
Otis rules them all. Fantasy surrealism is where it's at!It's neat we converged in Otis-land.
Great resource Allan!- Top of mind front covers: D3 blue version Eclavdra, H2 Mines of Bloodstone Orcus Parkinson, S4 behir Otus, X5 Temple of Death montage Tim Truman
- Top of mind back covers: A2 cloaker Otus, B1 monochrome Tower, B2 keep by Otus, D3 vampire/succubus, S2 monochrome WPM Otus, S2 color Elric Dee
TSR front/back cover browsing is easy at https://www.tsrarchive.com/
Yeah sorry, that D3 cover is fairly terrible. I agree that X5 cover is pretty weak. I'm usually a big fan of Timothy Truman. I LOVE his comics work!So hauntingly Lovecraft.
Yes that's a flaw. When I first saw this image (4 years ago?) I was blown away, but now--after having seen enough digital painting "story board?" hacks---it starts to look less difficult to pull off. The lack of small details, chaotic regions of light/dark overlapping strokes, the magic of highlights, narrow color palettes, etc. There are just somethings that are almost impossible to do with lines that are easy with paint, and vice versa.I really wish there was someone or something in that boat. Charon or a supplicant or something. Very digital storyboard style. It works out here.