D&D General One Piece of Art VIII (People): What Piece of D&D Art Inspired You to Love a D&D Personage?

ilgatto

How inconvenient
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Sorry, couldn’t help choosing another person, in this case Drelnza, daughter of Iggwilv, imprisoned deep within the Lost Caverns of Tsojcanth.
Maybe it’s just because my personal dream for the 50th Anniversary would be a “Return to...” treatment of Tsojcanth and Tharizdun, with Drelnza as a possible “ lesser of two evils” ally against the ultimate evil of Tharizdun.
Ninja'd, or, rather, Rōjin'd, coz it's almost a year ago.

So instead I'll go against the thread (har, har) with an illustration that did anything but inspire me to love my favorite fantasy personage of ever.

Artist: Unknown
Source: Giants in the Earth, in: The Dragon 26 (TSR, 1979)
Personage: Refuse to say coz it isn't him.

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P.S.: And also because I actually don't really "love" a D&D personage. Iggwilv and Drelzna only came to mind after giving the notion some serious thought but there isn't a picture of Iggwilv I like. Having said that, I like the picture posted here by @J.Quondam so much that I'm almost hoping it's gonna replace how I see Iggwilv in my mind.
Also, I could have gone with Trampier's Emirikol but I would only have done so because the picture is awesome and not because of the character... because... I don't even know who he is.
 

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el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
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I know somebody already posted this art with Sturm cropped, but it seems like too important a detail and I am not going to worry about "spoiling" a 35+ year old book (Guess what, Boromir dies too!). Plus to make my point about it I need it included.

I got a Dragonlance calendar for Christmas before I'd ever read any of the DL books and when I saw this art with the associated quote from the book. . . .

"Touch his body, and you will die," Laurana said softly. "Your dragon will not be able to save you. This knight was my friend, and I will not let his killer defile his body."

I thought it was BAD ASS - I loved it and the character and looked forward to reading whatever wild and heroic battle followed Laurana's claim. But then like. . . that doesn't happen? The whole scene is kinda anti-climactic and falls flat? (Kinda like many dramatic moments in these books) and so while I continue to love this art and what it evokes, I kinda wish I had never read the actual scene it depicts as nothing around it has the same weight as the image and quote together.
 


MGibster

Legend
I'm going to go with Strahd Von Zarovich from the second module I10 Ravenloft 2: The House of Gryphon Hill. They really missed an opportunity to go with Ravenloft 2: Electric Boogaloo.

This module doesn't really fit in well with what would become established Ravenloft lore, but the cover art reminds me of something I'd expect to see in a Hammer horror film with Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt.

I just noticed the pendant should be dangling off her neck rather than plastered to her decolletage. Did she tape it there?


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Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
I just noticed the pendant should be dangling off her neck rather than plastered to her decolletage. Did she tape it there?
Depending on the weight of the pendant, it’s not an impossible position for it to be in. But it’s definitely an unusual choice.
 

Charlaquin

Goblin Queen (She/Her/Hers)
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Mine is Lidda, the iconic rogue from the 3.5 PHB. I’m not sure who the artist of this specific piece is, but the internal artists for the book were Lars Grant-West, Scott Fischer, John Foster, Todd Lockwood, David Martin, Arnie Swekel, and Sam Wood. The iconics are all a little hit-and-miss, but this one really made Lidda click for me. I could also theoretically have put this in the one piece of art thread for classes, since Lidda has a huge impact on how I picture D&D rogues.
 

DrunkonDuty

he/him
I'm going to go with Strahd Von Zarovich from the second module I10 Ravenloft 2: The House of Gryphon Hill. They really missed an opportunity to go with Ravenloft 2: Electric Boogaloo.

This module doesn't really fit in well with what would become established Ravenloft lore, but the cover art reminds me of something I'd expect to see in a Hammer horror film with Christopher Lee and Ingrid Pitt.

I just noticed the pendant should be dangling off her neck rather than plastered to her decolletage. Did she tape it there?


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I think it's safe to say that there is a lot of double sided tape doing heavy lifting in this picture. That is a very low cut top...
 
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wizard71

Explorer
The above image of a Paladin in Hell hooked me as a teenager. To be fighting devils and demons in Hell inspired me to pick up D&D and preach it to my friends. This is the image that made me fall in love with the game
 

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