D&D General One Piece of Art II (Monsters)- What D&D Art Inspired You to Love a Monster?


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Voadam

Legend
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Moldvay B/X Basic Set, Erol Otus.

Literally the first monster entry in the Basic Set. Ape, White is a full on pulp albino cave ape.

Bold black and white lines, very evocative. This brings to mind Conan style adventuring as these things are out there.
 

Richards

Legend
I remember being fascinated by this furry fellow when I was in middle school.

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Artist: Dave A. Trampier
Source: 1e Monster Manual
Monster: Giant Spider

Nothing too out of the ordinary, just a spider much larger than the normal variety, but it kind of creeped me out knowing that party had no idea what they were about to get into. Sure, somebody in the back seems to have noticed it (he's pointing right at it), but it's already in its "attack" pose and well within pouncing range.

Johnathan
 


Rabulias

the Incomparably Shrewd and Clever
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I have to go with the compass mermaid from X1. (By Jeff Dee, I'm pretty sure.) Sure, Darlene's mermaid in the 1e DMG might be reclining in a more classically alluring pose; but this one? She is ready to slither up onto the deck of your ship and mess your effing crap up with that trident. Half lady, half sea-serpent, all badass.
I don't think that is Jeff Dee's work. It looks more like Bill Willingham to me.
 

grimslade

Krampus ate my d20s
I remember being fascinated by this furry fellow when I was in middle school.

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Artist: Dave A. Trampier
Source: 1e Monster Manual
Monster: Giant Spider

Nothing too out of the ordinary, just a spider much larger than the normal variety, but it kind of creeped me out knowing that party had no idea what they were about to get into. Sure, somebody in the back seems to have noticed it (he's pointing right at it), but it's already in its "attack" pose and well within pouncing range.

Johnathan
I do love this and it forever cemented my idea that giant spiders were furry jumping spiders rather than web-making sleek orb weavers.
 

Can't find a link just yet (will keep looking) but the 3.5 Elemental weirds (Monster Manual II, pp 90-93) always stuck with me and I can recall the second image (fire and earth weirds) at any moment.
 



Yaarel

Mind Mage
I love this picture. The image depicts a 3e large constrictor snake. However, this is what most dragons look like in my settings. Wyrmlings tend to be born as horned snakes, shed skin to develop forearms when young, and again to develop wings when ancient.

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WarDriveWorley

Adventurer
A LOT of monster specific art work over the ages made me fall in love with D&D. Some more than others. So many evocative prints, regardless of if they have color or not. I remember being awed by the Giants and Dragons, frightened by the Githyanki and Sons of Kyuss, viscerally loathing the demons and devils, and imagining myself in the sweeping vistas and set pieces provided by Easley and Elmore. And my love wasn't limited to any specific edition or artist. Reynolds, Brom, Caldwell, Trampier, DiTerlizzi (especially DiTerlizzi sincne I loved Planescape), and Wildermann all pulled me into what would become the best hobby I've ever played.

But nothing really grabbed me as much as the Jeff Easley cover for the Greyhawk Adventures Book. The "heroic" adventurer with the magic sword on the back of a hippogriff rushing to fight a dragon perched atop a sinister mountain.

THIS spoke to me in ways my hero starved soul was craving. This was a cool drink for a starving kid and I couldn't put it down.


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Jacob Lewis

Ye Olde GM
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Source: FR1 Waterdeep and the North
Artist: Keith Parkinson
Title: The Xanathar Guild

I saw this image when I was still a young lad drawing dungeon maps and filling every room with monsters, traps, and treasures. That was game for me. But this suddenly made me realise that the worlds we imagined could be so much more interesting and entertaining.

Think about how novel it was to believe that a thieves' guild was secretly run by a beholder?! What kind of people would be willing to serve such a foul, alien being? And how about a couple intellect devourers for pets? Did anyone think those could be domesticated?

This image redefined what the world of D&D could be like. It was more than just dungeons and monsters waiting for adventurers to come steal their loot after dispatching them to the next plane of existence. This was a lot more fun, and a lot more surprising than I had previously imagined!
 





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