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D&D 5E Full Wraparound Cover Art For Ravenloft

We've seen the cover already, but here's a look at the full wraparound art by Anna Podedworna.

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Russ Morrissey

Russ Morrissey


Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Is it just me, or does it look like Van Richten is looking to the left of Strahd, and the lady (Esmeralda?) is looking over Van Richten's head? Something's not right with the perspective and angles here.

Agree, it's a little wonky. I think the idea is Strahd has surprised them and they are in the process of turning to face him, but that movement is not obvious so it looks completely off.
 

Is it just me, or does it look like Van Richten is looking to the left of Strahd, and the lady (Esmeralda?) is looking over Van Richten's head? Something's not right with the perspective and angles here.
It's hard to tell in a still picture like that, but Strahd is actually under a blink spell and pops in and out all over the place. Van Richten is looking where he was seconds ago, and Esmeralda anticipated his return but guessed wrong. Happens to the best of us...

Either that or the artist didn't feel like just painting the back of a grey head and the back of a curly head...
 
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embee

Lawyer by day. Rules lawyer by night.
Is it just me, or does it look like Van Richten is looking to the left of Strahd, and the lady (Esmeralda?) is looking over Van Richten's head? Something's not right with the perspective and angles here.
If they were looking AT Strahd, it would just be the backs of their heads, which would read as "Strahd Squares Off Against Two Randos."

The artist wanted to make sure Strahd was on the front cover but also have the castle in the art. So the head positioning is due to wanting characters and setting to be recognizable and present.
 


FickleKnight

The Torn
To me it looks like they were looking at Castle Ravenloft when Strahd pops up out of no where and they are instinctively following the flight of the crows off to the left.

I've like every single standard cover over the alternate covers. I'll have to order the standard one special since my LFG always orders in the alternates as long as they are able to.
 


Azzy

KMF DM
Either that or the artist didn't feel like just painting the back of a grey head and the back of a curly head...
Pretty much this. I think it's just artistic licence to give more exposure to the characters' faces than just the backs of their heads.
 

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
Is it just me, or does it look like Van Richten is looking to the left of Strahd, and the lady (Esmeralda?) is looking over Van Richten's head? Something's not right with the perspective and angles here.
My impression:
I think they are looking at the crows that are swirling around them, while Strahd observes them from above via a scrying spell. Strahd's not really there; he's just pulling strings from afar (as usual).
 

Dausuul

Legend
If they were looking AT Strahd, it would just be the backs of their heads, which would read as "Strahd Squares Off Against Two Randos."

The artist wanted to make sure Strahd was on the front cover but also have the castle in the art. So the head positioning is due to wanting characters and setting to be recognizable and present.
Yeah, it's a cheat of the kind artists use fairly regularly; it just wasn't executed well enough in this case. The artist failed their Sleight of Eye check.

If you cover up Esmeralda, the cheat works. You can't see where Van Richten's eyes are pointing, so even though his head is not turned toward Strahd, your brain naturally assumes he's looking at the most obvious thing in that general direction.

But Esmeralda's eyes are visible, and they are very obviously aimed away from Strahd... and they are also turned in a direction that lines up with where Van Richten is facing. So not only does she look wrong, but her presence makes us think Van Richten is looking at the same thing she is, and now he looks wrong too.

It would have been better to have Esmeralda looking the other way. Then we would assume Van Richten was looking at Strahd and she wasn't.
 


dynath

Villager
That fits so well that I hope this was the artists original intent and then a suit came buy and said, "We gotta put star of the show on the front cover!"
I kinda feel it was more strad was just photoshopped at the suits' order instead. Like they were looking up at the castle ready to storm it before and the suit was like "we gotta have vampires on the cover".

Well, this looks like another 5e book I'll sit out.
 



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