D&D General One Piece of Art V (Places)- What Piece of D&D Art Inspired You to Love a Place

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
Welcome to part FIVE in the art appreciation series- One Piece of Art! Prior columns can be found here:
Part I (Classes)
Part II (Monsters)
Part III (Magic Items)
Part IV (Races)

Today's topic ... LANDSCAPES! I was going to do still lifes, but NO FRUIT FOR YOU!

What D&D Art inspired you to love a place?

Now, for purposes of this thread, a necessary disclaimer. Please construe "place" to art that, while it may have figures, action, or whatever is primarily about the PLACE. This is meant to be welcoming, so please feel free to construe this geneously.

Now, with that out of the way ... please note the following rules for the thread-

1. ONE piece of art. You shall count to one. If you do two, you've gone two ... um, too far. Three is just way out. And zero means you forgot to comment.

2. It has to have inspired you to "love" a particular place. Now, love in in this context is totally up to you. Maybe the art inspired you to love D&D in general. Maybe it inspired you to want to play in a particular setting. Maybe that piece of art always shaped how you view that place --- it's the UR-ARCTIC or UR-DESERT. Maybe you travel to Moab every year because you want to capture that fantasy desert feeling. Whatever, man, I'm not going to define your love! Feel free to explain why this particular piece of art (depicting a PLACE) is so meaningful to you.

3. Explain the art source (incl. artist if known), the magic item, and why you chose it. Please!

4. NO MAPS. Is this a hint for a future post? HA HA! Maybe.

As I started the thread, I will go first. As always, I like to go a little idiosyncratic....

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Artist: Jeff Dee
Source: Q1 Queen of the Demonweb Pits
Place: Maldev

For those of you who don't know, I have a ... thing ... about the early "Gygaxian" multiverse in D&D.

And this image is to blame. In Q1 you had the option to go to all of these amazing worlds ... to visit the evil elves of Caer Sidi. Perchance to dream in the Nightmare World of Vald Tolenkov.

...and maybe, just maybe, to defend Maldev, the last kingdom of the mountain dwarves, from the onslaught of Lolth's forces. Something about this alien world pictured, with peaks that are just ... too ... pointed ... made the baleful exhaustion of the defenders of the last kingdom of the dwarves .... that much more real.

One sentence. One picture. A lifetime of adventure.
 
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CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
This piece, by Tyler Jacobson for Wizards of the Coast's Magic: the Gathering: Rivals of Ixalan block, in 2018....which they later incorporated into their Plane Shift: Ixalan setting for D&D (free download, btw). I loved the artwork so much that it inspired me to create an entire new archipelago in my homebrew D&D campaign setting just to include it.

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And not just that piece, either. There is just SO MUCH AWESOME ART in that whole block of Magic cards, holy cow. It was a nearly perfect fit for my homebrew, and it came along at just the right moment for me to include it.

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FitzTheRuke

Legend
This piece, by Tyler Jacobson for Wizards of the Coast's Magic: the Gathering: Rivals of Ixalan block, in 2018....which they later incorporated into their Plane Shift: Ixalan setting for D&D (free download, btw). I loved the artwork so much that it inspired me to create an entire new archipelago in my homebrew D&D campaign setting just to include it.

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And not just that piece, either. There is just SO MUCH AWESOME ART in that whole block of Magic cards, holy cow. It was a nearly perfect fit for my homebrew, and it came along at just the right moment for me to include it.

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That's IT! I'm using that medusa pirate captain in my SPELLJAMMER game!
 

Snarf Zagyg

Notorious Liquefactionist
So, this is surprising!

I actually thought that this (PLACES) would be one of the more popular categories. I mean, there are so many!

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That's Demigods by Erol Otus, more popularly known as "The Cover of Deities & Demigods, you know, the cool book, before they changed it Legends and Lore."

What alien moonscape is this place? Have I spend a lot of time looking at it? Maybe. Have I spent too much time staring at it. You bet!
 

GuyBoy

Hero
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This one: Tomb of the Grey Dragon in Glendower, Within the JG version of Blackmoor Campaign setting.
It always fascinated me as a 16 year old budding DM;
  • what was a grey dragon like?
  • why did this one get a Tomb built for it?
  • how did it die?
  • what is in the Tomb?
  • what lurks in and below the ruined castle and church?
 







Dioltach

Legend
I always assumed that Larry Elmore had bought a large bucket of "female skintone" paint for cheap early in his career and was just trying to put it to good use.

(Also, the female elf in the painting is actually a silver dragon disguised as a wild elf. And if you're brave enough to tell a dragon that she's not leaving the house until she puts on some proper clothes, well, you're braver than me.)
 





DND_Reborn

Legend
I agree!

.... But you know ... if she had friends, they would tell her that she forgot to put her pants on this morning.
She's actually wearing flesh-coloured tights. ;)

This piece by Elmore grabbed me for places. So little actual art, but the story is endless. It tells a story full of intrigue and danger without the sweeping character panorama that seemed so popular at the time. Still gives me chills.

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Yep, another favorite of mine.
 

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