D&D Art across the editions

dave2008

Legend
I join the others and thank you.
Please add the DMG and MM.
Maybe for the MM you could select some monsters and see the corresponding art in the different editions...
Ya. the DMG shouldn't be difficult - but the MM. Not sure what I would feel right just leaving it to the full spreads.
 

Hussar

Legend
1e: Gygaxian, gritty art.
2e: TSR fires Gygax. The company wants a more High Fantasy feeling, and wants to tell stories with adventures, settings and related art. Elmore, Caldwell, Easley and Parkinson are paid to produce such high quality work. Larger-then-life, over-the-top art, it was good to illustrate legends and epics and fables. Later in the edition, the settings were bound to the art of one or two artists: Mystara had Elmore and Caldwell, Dragonlance had Elmore, Dark Sun had Brom, Planescape had DiTerlizzi... Moreover, for the first time, the art preceded and inspired the world-building (see the case of Dark Sun: Brom draw, and then Timothy Brown translated the art into setting lore...)
3e: The change of edition implied a drastic change in art also. Covers looked as tomes now. The overall atmosphere was provided by Lockwood. From the stuff of myth to a more "realistic" fantasy, precise, efficient and codified (Lockwood Dragons).
4e: The art was video-gamey, colorful, full of action and dynamism.
5e: nostalgia for 2e and its fairytale atmosphere. Mike Mearls finally understands the importante of art (both in quality and quantity) to sell physical books.
That's not entirely accurate though. Dragonlance was very much a 1e thing. It was largely finished by the time 2e rolled around. And Elmore was ALWAYS the go to Dragonlance artist.
 

Ulfgeir

Explorer
That's not entirely accurate though. Dragonlance was very much a 1e thing. It was largely finished by the time 2e rolled around. And Elmore was ALWAYS the go to Dragonlance artist.
He definitively did most of it, but I know that some of the others did stuff there as well. Come to think of it, might be from one of those that my dislike for Easley stems from (if I recall correctly it was a picture of Tasslehoff Burrfoot) . On the really good side though, is one from Parkinsson, where the group of Draconians wonder "What do you mean we're lost?"
 

dave2008

Legend
He definitively did most of it, but I know that some of the others did stuff there as well. Come to think of it, might be from one of those that my dislike for Easley stems from (if I recall correctly it was a picture of Tasslehoff Burrfoot) . On the really good side though, is one from Parkinsson, where the group of Draconians wonder "What do you mean we're lost?"
Yes, Caldwell, Easley and Parkinson all had a good bit of DL art.
 

Ancalagon

Dusty Dragon
Could you find another version of the first image of the 2nd ed PHB (not the cover)? It's way too dark - the image is brighter and clearer IMO, this doesn't do it justice. As I think it's one of the best pieces D&D has generated...
 

dave2008

Legend
OK I have added the art form all of the DMGs. Please note there is a limit to the number of images that can be attached in a post, so I had to add the 5e DMG images to separate post. I linked to it in the original post.
 

dave2008

Legend
Could you find another version of the first image of the 2nd ed PHB (not the cover)? It's way too dark - the image is brighter and clearer IMO, this doesn't do it justice. As I think it's one of the best pieces D&D has generated...
That is a good piece. I had the same issue with some of the 2e DMG images as well. If someone wants to send me a better version I am happy to replace it. If I get time later I might go look myself, but it is not a priority at this momment.
 

Hussar

Legend
I'd actually kind of forgotten how pretty the 5e DMG is. And, honestly, the 4e one. Although, to be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the 4e style. There's just something ... off about it. Not sure what.

One thing that always made me laugh about Scarred Lands was they actually had an in world reason why all those casters run around half naked - arcane magic generates heat. You basically drop most of your clothes before casting. :D
 

dave2008

Legend
I'd actually kind of forgotten how pretty the 5e DMG is. And, honestly, the 4e one. Although, to be honest, I'm not a huge fan of the 4e style. There's just something ... off about it. Not sure what.
Me too, teh 5e DMG has some great evocative art (some of it is recycled though). I feel you about the 4e art too. The art is brilliantly colored and highly detail, but it is just off a bit. The best I could come up with was that it is a bit too exaggerated for my taste.

One thing that always made me laugh about Scarred Lands was they actually had an in world reason why all those casters run around half naked - arcane magic generates heat. You basically drop most of your clothes before casting. :D
That's fantastic! I didn't know that.
 

dave2008

Legend
The 1e Easley PHB is still my favorite. And not just nostalgia. (I had actually been playing years before it came out). I just think it’s best.
My one issue with that image being the cover of the PHB is that it only shows one character. To me, D&D is about a group of adventures working together, not a single character and i feel the PHB cover, if any, should reflect that.

EDIT: The rest of the covers are not much better in this regard though!
 
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dave2008

Legend
Could you find another version of the first image of the 2nd ed PHB (not the cover)? It's way too dark - the image is brighter and clearer IMO, this doesn't do it justice. As I think it's one of the best pieces D&D has generated...
I updated the image for you. It is much better now. Luckily it wasn't too difficult to find on the web.
 

dave2008

Legend
I've updated the 2e DMG interior Easley piece with a better image. It doesn't change the fact that her foot is pointed the wrong direction, but cool image none-the-less!
 

dave2008

Legend
5e Monster Manual full spread art:
MM_5e_1.JPG
5e Monster Manual Monster art
(Beholder, Carrion Crawler, Demon-Balor, Devil-Pit Fiend, Dragon-Red, Giant-Storm, Lich, Medusa, & Minotaur):
MM_5e_Beholder.JPG

MM_5e_CarrionCrawler.JPG

MM_5e_Demon_Balor.JPG

MM_5e_Devil_PitFiend.JPG

MM_5e_Dragon_Red.JPG

MM_5e_Giant_Storm.JPG

MM_5e_Lich.JPG

MM_5e_Medusa.JPG

MM_5e_Minotaur.JPG
 
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dave2008

Legend
3e Monster Manual full spread art:
MM_3e_1.JPG
3e Monster Manual Monster art
(Beholder, Carrion Crawler, Demon-Balor, Devil-Pit Fiend, Dragon-Red, Giant-Storm, Lich, Medusa, & Minotaur):
MM_3e_Beholder.JPG

MM_3e_CarrionCrawler.JPG

MM_3e_Demon_Balor.JPG

MM_3e_Demon_PitFiend.JPG

MM_3e_Dragon_Red.JPG

MM_3e_Giant_Storm.JPG

MM_3e_Lich.JPG

MM_3e_Medusa.JPG

MM_3e_Minotaur.JPG
 
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