Since you love this particular piece of art, you might be interested to know there is a puzzle of it available. The Beholder Puzzle: A Dungeon & Dragons Jigsaw Puzzle: Jigsaw Puzzles for Adults (Dungeons & Dragons): Official Dungeons & Dragons Licensed: 9780593234716: Amazon.com: BooksView attachment 256919
Artist: Raymond Swanland
Source: Monster Manual 2014
I think this art is simply amazing. It's not only how dreadful the beholder is depicted, or the level of detail, or the scenario; it's just that you only need to look at this adventurer's face to know you are in the fight (or flight) of your life, even if there is only one.
The image you posted is definitely Borys. The one in the box set (labeled as "Dragon of Tyr") shows him without wings as well. There are some later products, however, that show him with wings, and I think it has to do with the transformation process. When he was first introduced in Dark Sun, he had evolved to have wings yet, but later on in the metaplot, he got them.edit: To your point about the wings: it occurs to me that I always just assumed that was Borys. It could well be one of the Sorcerer Kings on their way to transformation.
So, today it was announced that this manga is getting an anime adaptation, by the excellent Studio Trigger. I was just really excited about that and wanted to share it.Some of the first visual representations of orcs I was exposed to were from the original Warcraft RTS games. So to me, orcs were hulking green-skinned dudes with tusks. Never cared for the pig-faced style of orcs seen in early D&D. Until I read Delicious in Dungeon.
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This is my absolute favorite depiction of orcs in any media I’ve seen (my current forum avatar is also an orc character from the series). Now I love pig-orcs (porcs?) and this is what they look like in my setting.
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I'm not sure who it's by, but this image of the landshark captures so much of the spirit of early wilderness adventures. It was a close call between this bulette image and the one which has "treed" a halfling like a dog to a racoon, but this one just edged it.
Both the bulette and Demogorgon are by David C Sutherland III.I loved this pic, probably my most viewed pic in the book.
I think this was Thomas Baxa. I think he did better monsters than people.This seems unfair given how inspirational a lot of D&D monster art is, but I'll start with one.
The Thessalhydra. Imagine my surprise when Stranger Things used the name, because honestly I thought it was one of the most obscure D&D monsters. But this image, from original 2E MC (or one of the looseleaf additions thereof), absolutely burned into my brain and made me love D&D monsters and this particular monster. The bizarre combination of attributes and fact that it's related to mythology but not really properly drawn from it is absolutely what D&D monster-monsters are all about to me.
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