Thursday, January 13, 2011

Professional Illustrators take on D&D

Recently I discovered two excellent D&D blogs that feature the art of professional illustrators. These guys make their living making art, but not for Wizards of the Coast. Their monster illustrations are done purely for fun. You'll definitely want to check them out:

Beyond the Wall presents post-game reports from an art director's D&D games. Each report is written in a narrative style with the artist's own illustrations highlighting points in the story. It's very much like reading a graphic novel. The setting is the wilderness found beyond a great wall. There are biographies and portraits for each player character, which are replaced whenever someone dies. His game session reports are entertaining and he just started offering GM advise too.

Reekmurk by Blanca Martinez

Dungeons and Drawings is the blog of London illustrators Blanca Martinez and Joe Sparrow. Every Sunday these two post an interpretation of a monster from the D&D Monster Manuals. Each day this week they've been posting an illustration from a guest artist.

Rust monster by Joe Sparrow.


ArmChairGeneral said...

Great art! I particularly enjoy the rust monster.

BaronVonJ said...

Thanks for the shout out.

Andrew said...

Sure thing, dudes. I haven't played D&D myself, but I've been getting into painting D&D monsters. I'm posting some 1/2 goblins soon and I'm painting Splintered Light's kobolds.

Paul´s Bods said...

Those made me smile :-D
The knight and the orc.

Atom Kid said...

Thanks for posting this! I'm trying to break into professional gaming illustrations (at least outside of doing freebies for Swords & Wizardry), this gives me some inspiration.

Phil B said...

Not my genre but I'll check the, out anyway.

The Rust Monster is brilliant. I remember them from playing D&D years ago (when the fighters would cower in the back and push the magic user to the front with a cry of "Kill the ********!").