Artist Tony DiTerlizzi Reflects On 25 Years of Planescape
  • Artist Tony DiTerlizzi Reflects On 25 Years of Planescape


    Renowned artist Tony DiTerlizzi took to Twitter to look back at some of his original Planescape sketches and art.

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    "It’s hard to believe D&D’s “Planescape” is 25 years old. I don’t have many preliminary sketches as the tight deadlines had me going straight to final art. It was an exhilarating time in my career. My energy and enthusiasm knew no bounds."




    "More developmental sketches from the D&D “Planescape” campaign boxed set 1993-94:"




    "In the fall of 1993, I’d been sent a pile of copies of Dana Knutson’s concepts to work from. Sadly none can be found in my files, though I do have this early (perhaps first) drawing of a tiefling."





    "...and here are several more. Some of these “flavor sketches” (like the Skeksis-ripoff) were ultimately published to fill spaces in the booklets."




    "The 25th Anniversary of D&D’s “Planescape” continues with more preliminary sketches and the start of finished illustrations. You can see how the sketches developed into finished pen & ink drawings."




    "Also seen are more of Dana Knutson’s concepts (from “The Planescape Sketchbook”) and photo reference of my bride-to-be."




    "...and some original art from 1983’s “AD&D Monster Manual II” showing the original design of the Modrons alongside my 1994 reinterpretation. I’m delighted to see these weird little guys are a part of 5th edition."




    "Lastly, Interior art—including some of the two-color art, which remained tricky to print throughout production. I’ve tried to find pieces that were not printed in [Dark Horse Comics] “Realms: The RPG Art of Tony DiTerlizzi”, which collects many of my finished Planescape pieces."


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    1. Jacob Lewis's Avatar
      Jacob Lewis -
      Well this is a clear indication that we are finally getting a Spelljammer setting this year! Take that, Crawford!!
    1. murquhart72's Avatar
      murquhart72 -
      Always loved DiTerlizzi's work. It's like a cross between those old David the Gnome books and The Dark Crystal. In Search of Wondla was amazing! Few things say Germanic dark fairy tale like DiTerlizzi illustrations
    1. UngeheuerLich's Avatar
      UngeheuerLich -
      Athough we never really got to play planescape I owned the box and I really loved the art.
    1. Cergorach's Avatar
      Cergorach -
      Big fan of the PS art and style!
    1. Aebir-Toril's Avatar
      Aebir-Toril -
      I've always enjoyed DiTerlizzi's style. I feel so lucky to have been able to go to one of his book signings!
    1. Shasarak's Avatar
      Shasarak -
      The art is one thing that TSR really did well. Tony DiTerlizzi really helped to define Planescape the same way that Brom defined Darksun.
    1. cbwjm's Avatar
      cbwjm -
      Probably one of my favourite artists. I bought his book realms last year which contains a lot of his planescape artwork in it. He really did help set the tone for planescape to the point now where it is hard to think of planescape without thinking of his artwork.
    1. dwayne's Avatar
      dwayne -
      I would love to see a book to up date the planescape material to 5th edition, a complete races, factions, and all
    1. orial's Avatar
      orial -
      Where do you read that? This is PLANESCAPE art. DiTerlizzi had nothing to do with Spelljammer. And crawford and cohort have clearly specified that there will be no Spelljammer this year?
    1. orial's Avatar
      orial -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jacob Lewis View Post
      Well this is a clear indication that we are finally getting a Spelljammer setting this year! Take that, Crawford!!
      Where do you read that? This is PLANESCAPE art. DiTerlizzi had nothing to do with Spelljammer. And crawford and cohort have clearly specified that there will be no Spelljammer this year?
    1. Cripes's Avatar
      Cripes -
      Lovely stuff! More odd settings to the people!
    1. billd91's Avatar
      billd91 -
      Love DiTerlizzi’s art. I think it was the best part of Planescape. (It was the way things were written in that annoying patois that turned me off the setting as a DM.)
    1. Jacob Lewis's Avatar
      Jacob Lewis -
      Quote Originally Posted by orial View Post
      Where do you read that? This is PLANESCAPE art. DiTerlizzi had nothing to do with Spelljammer. And crawford and cohort have clearly specified that there will be no Spelljammer this year?
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    1. CM's Avatar
      CM -
      Four of Tony's signed Planescape prints occupy prominent spots in my gaming room. Would love to see WotC bring him back for work in future planar books.
    1. FreeXenon's Avatar
      FreeXenon -
      Planescape was awesome, although I absolutely did NOT like his art for Planescape.
      My DM likes to torment me with it and has recently done so with our playthrough of Dungeon of the Mad Mage.
    1. Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
      Ralif Redhammer -
      Awesome stuff to see. Planescape was a setting I wanted to run back in the day but never got the opportunity.

      Also, still mad about the Spiderwick Chronicles movie.
    1. cbwjm's Avatar
      cbwjm -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ralif Redhammer View Post
      Awesome stuff to see. Planescape was a setting I wanted to run back in the day but never got the opportunity.

      Also, still mad about the Spiderwick Chronicles movie.
      Still mad? Did you not like it?
    1. Ralif Redhammer's Avatar
      Ralif Redhammer -
      It had its moments, but also its flaws. It took the approach of the books, which was very much grounded in folklore, and replaced it with…with…with things like spraying faeries with ketchup!

      Quote Originally Posted by cbwjm View Post
      Still mad? Did you not like it?
    1. cbwjm's Avatar
      cbwjm -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ralif Redhammer View Post
      It had its moments, but also its flaws. It took the approach of the books, which was very much grounded in folklore, and replaced it with…with…with things like spraying faeries with ketchup!
      Fair enough. That might be why I enjoyed the movie, I've skimmed through them looking at the artwork but never actually read them so didn't have any prior knowledge getting in the way of watching the movie.
    1. BBShockwave's Avatar
      BBShockwave -
      I always loved Planescape, probably one of my favourite settings. It is Diterlizzi who made Modrons well known (the 1983 artwork of them is horrible) and the various mechanical parts and lenses have become the staple for them since then. Hard to believe we had to wait until last year to finally get miniatures of them, but now we have the Monodrone, Duodone, Quadrone and Pentadrone out as Icons of the Realms minis finally!
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