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D&D General 5E Survivor - D&D Artists

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Hello everyone, it's time for another Survivor thread! As you already know, I'll be taking over the Survivor 5E Threads for a little while...so if you have any suggestions for upcoming topics, feel free to DM me.

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This thread is inspired by prior threads that we've done. And this time around, we are taking a look at all of the contributing artists for D&D through the years...from the earliest editions to the latest. And hoo boy, there's a ton of them.

First, My Apologies
In the first edition of the game (OD&D), there were only four or five illustrators. Compare that to the 5th Edition game, which references dozens of them in the Player's Handbook alone! If I were to include all artists that ever worked on any D&D book ever, we would be done with Covid-19 before we were done with this Survivor: Thread. So I had to work a bit of sorcery and internet sleuthing to narrow the list down to what you see here. If your favorite artist(s) didn't make the list, rest assured that there was a reason for it, and that reason was not personal.

The Rules and Stuff
Each artist will start with 20 points. You vote for one that you like, which gains 1 point. And then you vote for one you dislike, which loses 2 points. It is intentional that a negative vote is worth more than a positive vote - first, because it takes something extra to whittle these guys down to size. Second, because.

Upvotes are in green, downvotes are in red (unless you are on your phone, and are unable to). Copy and paste the previous poster’s vote and change the numbers. You may vote once per day in each category. This is an honor system, and we are all honorable gamers; please do not abuse it. If this means you vote once at night one day, and once the next morning - that's fine, but don't vote again until the following day.

This is purely a popularity contest and you do not have to explain an upvote or downvote, but feel free to - explanations are where the fun is! When downvotes reach 0 the option/variant is slain (FATALITY!). Finally, if an entry has one vote left, then you have to make the choice to use all of your downvotes to eliminate it; there is no vote splitting. In addition, you can't upvote and downvote the same entry (no "see" votes). And you have to use BOTH YOUR UPVOTE AND DOWNVOTE if you vote.

The Most Important Bits
Three FOUR important points that you must read before voting--

1. This is a pure popularity contest, and is meant to be fun. You can cast your votes for whatever reason you want; spite, irrational love or hatred, huge creature envy, gameplay mechanics, barometric pressure, coin flips, strategic voting, and so on are all perfectly acceptable. You can comment for the reasons for your vote, or not - up to you! But this is for enjoyment only.

2. This is a list of famous artists, which is to say they are real flesh-and-blood people who happened to became famous (or infamous) for illustrating our D&D books and products.

3. As always, the list is the list. If you have a complaint about the list, please direct it to /dev/null.

4. As with the Dungeon Master Survivor Thread, remember that the names on this list are real people with real jobs, and they are worthy of our respect. If you post any samples of their work in this thread, hide it with a Spoiler tag and cite the author. And keep the discussions professional and respectful: anyone who crosses the line from art critic to Grade-A Jerk will be removed from the thread.

THE LIST
Dave Arneson (Post #96)
Gerald Brom (Post #102)
Clyde Caldwell (Post #153)
DARLENE (Post #249)
Jeff Dee
Tony DiTerlizzi
Terry Dykstra
Jeff Easley
Larry Elmore
Jason Engle (Post #217)
Fred Fields (Post #277)
Frank Frazetta
Brian Hagan
Henry Higginbotham
Ralph Horsley
Tyler Jacobson
Jennell Jaquays (Post #211)
Jeremy Jarvis
David S. LaForce
Todd Lockwood
William O'Connor
Errol Otis
Keith Parkinson
Steve Prescott
Roger Raupp
Wayne Reynolds (Post #255)
Jim Roslof
Arnie Swekel
Tony Szczudlo
David C. Sutherland III
David A. Trampier
Valerie Valusek
Eva Widermann
Jim Zub (Post #54) FIRST ELIMINATION
 
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CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Dave Arneson 20
Gerald Brom 20
Clyde Caldwell 20
DARLENE 20
Jeff Dee 20
Tony DiTerlizzi 20
Terry Dykstra 20
Jeff Easley 20
Larry Elmore 20
Jason Engle 20
Fred Fields 20
Frank Frazetta 20
Brian Hagan 20
Henry Higginbotham 20
Ralph Horsley 20
Tyler Jacobson 20
Jennell Jaquays 20
Jeremy Jarvis 20+1=21
David S. LaForce 20
Todd Lockwood 20
William O'Connor 20
Errol Otis 20
Keith Parkinson 20
Steve Prescott 20
Roger Raupp 20
Wayne Reynolds 20
Jim Roslof 20
Arnie Swekel 20
Tony Szczudlo 20
David C. Sutherland III 20
David A. Trampier 20
Valerie Valusek 20
Eva Widermann 20
Jim Zub 20-2=18
 
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Bolares

Hero
I don't know much about this topic, so my only job here is to eliminate Wayne Reynolds. Nothing personal but his art doesen't do it for me.

Dave Arneson 21
Gerald Brom 20
Clyde Caldwell 20
DARLENE 20
Jeff Dee 20
Tony DiTerlizzi 20
Terry Dykstra 20
Jeff Easley 20
Larry Elmore 20
Jason Engle 20
Fred Fields 20
Brian Hagan 20
Henry Higginbotham 20
Ralph Horsley 20
Jennell Jaquays 20
Jeremy Jarvis 21
David S. LaForce 20
Todd Lockwood 20
William O'Connor 20
Keith Parkinson 20
Steve Prescott 20
Roger Raupp 20
Wayne Reynolds 18
Jim Roslof 20
Arnie Swekel 20
Tony Szczudlo 20
David C. Sutherland III 20
David A. Trampier 20
Valerie Valusek 20
Eva Widermann 20
Jim Zub 18
 

jasper

Rotten DM
Dave Arneson 22
Gerald Brom 20
Clyde Caldwell 20
DARLENE 20
Jeff Dee 20
Tony DiTerlizzi 20
Terry Dykstra 20
Jeff Easley 20
Larry Elmore 20
Jason Engle 20
Fred Fields 20
Brian Hagan 20
Henry Higginbotham 20
Ralph Horsley 20
Jennell Jaquays 20
Jeremy Jarvis 21
David S. LaForce 20
Todd Lockwood 20
William O'Connor 20
Keith Parkinson 20
Steve Prescott 20
Roger Raupp 20
Wayne Reynolds 16
Jim Roslof 20
Arnie Swekel 20
Tony Szczudlo 20
David C. Sutherland III 20
David A. Trampier 20
Valerie Valusek 20
Eva Widermann 20
Jim Zub 18
Back from Dragoncon and posting just to post. post. post. post. wait in line to post. is this the posting panel. or the swag and seek panel. do you have swag. I have swag. swag swag swag.
 

billd91

Hobbit on Quest (he/him)
Dave Arneson 22
Gerald Brom 20
Clyde Caldwell 18 - stiff poses, too much passive damsel cheesecake
DARLENE 20
Jeff Dee 20
Tony DiTerlizzi 20
Terry Dykstra 20
Jeff Easley 21 - love his AD&D covers
Larry Elmore 20
Jason Engle 20
Fred Fields 20
Brian Hagan 20
Henry Higginbotham 20
Ralph Horsley 20
Jennell Jaquays 20
Jeremy Jarvis 21
David S. LaForce 20
Todd Lockwood 20
William O'Connor 20
Keith Parkinson 20
Steve Prescott 20
Roger Raupp 20
Wayne Reynolds 16
Jim Roslof 20
Arnie Swekel 20
Tony Szczudlo 20
David C. Sutherland III 20
David A. Trampier 20
Valerie Valusek 20
Eva Widermann 20
Jim Zub 18
 








el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
I'm not trying to say it is. But for the person who misses the artist (or any other choice in other survivors) it will always be a big deal.
Erol Otus is objectively an important early D&D artist who helped set the tone of those early days and colors people's perceptions of the game to this day. It is not just "he is someone's fave."
 

Bolares

Hero
Erol Otus is objectively an important early D&D artist who helped set the tone of those early days and colors people's perceptions of the game to this day. It is not just "he is someone's fave."
Again, I'm not trying to downplay Erol's importance to the game. I'm just poiting out a rule that this game has. If @CleverNickName wants to alter the list it's okay with me.
 

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Augh! Otis was supposed to be on the list! All of the D&D cover artists were supposed to be on the list, at a bare minimum, and he is on my original write-up as well. But for some reason, when I was thinning the list down, I deleted the line he was supposed to be in.

(For those not in the know, Errol Otis illustrated the cover of Basic and Expert D&D. And as @el-remmen (and others elsewhere on the 'net) have pointed out, his work was pivotal in the development of many of D&D's now-assumed "rules" of what certain things in the game are "supposed" to look like.)

Alright, let's do this. But I don't want this to set a precedent: The List Is The List, and going forward, it will continue to always be the list even when I screw up (and I screw up a lot.) This is a one-time exception.

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Dave Arneson 22
Gerald Brom 20
Clyde Caldwell 18
DARLENE 20
Jeff Dee 20
Tony DiTerlizzi 20
Terry Dykstra 20
Jeff Easley 21
Larry Elmore 20
Jason Engle 20
Fred Fields 20
Brian Hagan 20
Henry Higginbotham 20
Ralph Horsley 20
Tyler Jacobson 20
Jennell Jaquays 20
Jeremy Jarvis 21
David S. LaForce 20
Todd Lockwood 20
William O'Connor 20
Errol Otis 20
Keith Parkinson 20
Steve Prescott 20
Roger Raupp 20
Wayne Reynolds 16
Jim Roslof 20
Arnie Swekel 20
Tony Szczudlo 20
David C. Sutherland III 20
David A. Trampier 20
Valerie Valusek 20
Eva Widermann 20
Jim Zub 18
 
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Wifflebat

Explorer
Dave Arneson 22
Gerald Brom 20
Clyde Caldwell 18
DARLENE 20
Jeff Dee 20
Tony DiTerlizzi 21
Terry Dykstra 20
Jeff Easley 21
Larry Elmore 20
Jason Engle 20
Fred Fields 20
Brian Hagan 20
Henry Higginbotham 20
Ralph Horsley 20
Jennell Jaquays 20
Jeremy Jarvis 21
David S. LaForce 18
Todd Lockwood 20
William O'Connor 20
Errol Otis 20
Keith Parkinson 20
Steve Prescott 20
Roger Raupp 20
Wayne Reynolds 16
Jim Roslof 20
Arnie Swekel 20
Tony Szczudlo 20
David C. Sutherland III 20
David A. Trampier 20
Valerie Valusek 20
Eva Widermann 20
Jim Zub 18

All props to LaForce for being there in the beginning, though! My real downvote would have been for DCS, but I spared him for doing the cover of the first edition I bought.
 

aco175

Legend
I just had to look up half the names on the list as they were not jumping out to me as the more classic artists. Most, I was like- oh, I remember that or wow, they do great work. Not sure who will win, but I have my secret bet of one or two.
 

Legatus Legionis

< BLAH HA Ha ha >
Dave Arneson 22
Gerald Brom 20
Clyde Caldwell 18
DARLENE 20
Jeff Dee 20
Tony DiTerlizzi 21-2 = 19
Terry Dykstra 20
Jeff Easley 21
Larry Elmore 20+1 = 21
Jason Engle 20
Fred Fields 20
Brian Hagan 20
Henry Higginbotham 20
Ralph Horsley 20
Jennell Jaquays 20
Jeremy Jarvis 21
David S. LaForce 18
Todd Lockwood 20
William O'Connor 20
Errol Otis 20
Keith Parkinson 20
Steve Prescott 20
Roger Raupp 20
Wayne Reynolds 16
Jim Roslof 20
Arnie Swekel 20
Tony Szczudlo 20
David C. Sutherland III 20
David A. Trampier 20
Valerie Valusek 20
Eva Widermann 20
Jim Zub 18
 

RoughCoronet0

Dragon Lover
Dave Arneson 22
Gerald Brom 20
Clyde Caldwell 18
DARLENE 20
Jeff Dee 20
Tony DiTerlizzi 19
Terry Dykstra 20
Jeff Easley 21
Larry Elmore 21
Jason Engle 20
Fred Fields 20
Brian Hagan 20
Henry Higginbotham 20
Ralph Horsley 20
Jennell Jaquays 20
Jeremy Jarvis 21
David S. LaForce 18
Todd Lockwood 20+1=21
William O'Connor 20
Errol Otis 20
Keith Parkinson 20
Steve Prescott 20
Roger Raupp 20
Wayne Reynolds 16-2=14
Jim Roslof 20
Arnie Swekel 20
Tony Szczudlo 20
David C. Sutherland III 20
David A. Trampier 20
Valerie Valusek 20
Eva Widermann 20
Jim Zub 18

Honestly, only one artist really matters to me on this list. Todd's dragon art for both D&D and Magic are stunning. Plus the 3.5e Draconomicon cover art will always been my favorite D&D book cover art.
 

el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
Dave Arneson 22
Gerald Brom 20
Clyde Caldwell 18
DARLENE 20
Jeff Dee 20
Tony DiTerlizzi 19
Terry Dykstra 20
Jeff Easley 21
Larry Elmore 21
Jason Engle 20
Fred Fields 20
Brian Hagan 20
Henry Higginbotham 20
Ralph Horsley 20
Jennell Jaquays 20
Jeremy Jarvis 21
David S. LaForce 18
Todd Lockwood 20+1=21
William O'Connor 20
Errol Otis 20 +1 = 21
Keith Parkinson 20
Steve Prescott 20
Roger Raupp 20
Wayne Reynolds 16-2=14
Jim Roslof 20
Arnie Swekel 20
Tony Szczudlo 20
David C. Sutherland III 20
David A. Trampier 20
Valerie Valusek 20
Eva Widermann 20
Jim Zub 18 - 2 = 16 (I didn't even know he was an artist - i thought he wrote comics)
 

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