D&D General One Piece of Art- What D&D Art Inspired You to Love a Class?

Dioltach

Legend
I always assumed Tanis was a ranger, until I got a copy of DL Adventures and he was statted up as a fighter. And Riverwind as a ranger. From their descriptions in the Chronicles I thought it was the other way round. (Particularly as Tanis is explicitly said to have a high wisdom.)
 

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WarDriveWorley

Adventurer
I always assumed Tanis was a ranger, until I got a copy of DL Adventures and he was statted up as a fighter. And Riverwind as a ranger. From their descriptions in the Chronicles I thought it was the other way round. (Particularly as Tanis is explicitly said to have a high wisdom.)
Same which is why I used him as inspiration.
 

Jacob Lewis

Ye Olde GM
Going slightly off-script here...
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Source: Icewind Dale (PC video game)
Artist: Jason Manley
Class: Paladin
Technically, its a licensed D&D game, so this should still count. There's actually several dozen portraits like this made specifically for this series. Many of them done by two artists. The quality varies; some are much better (or much worse) than others. This one, however, has always been my favorite. Most characters I play in any CRPG is based on this portrait (and several others from that game).
 



arakasi

Explorer
I first saw this picture less than a week after the 1e Players Handbook was published. It's not like I look at on a regular basis, but it has been instantly recognizable to me for 44 years now.

And it wasn't until today that I realized that the shield is held wrong. The long axis should be near perpendicular to the arm, not parallel and the point should be pointed down, not up.

So here I am, looking at a barbed, ice, bone, and horned devil, and now all I can think is that shield looks weird.
 

SkidAce

Legend
Supporter
I first saw this picture less than a week after the 1e Players Handbook was published. It's not like I look at on a regular basis, but it has been instantly recognizable to me for 44 years now.

And it wasn't until today that I realized that the shield is held wrong. The long axis should be near perpendicular to the arm, not parallel and the point should be pointed down, not up.

So here I am, looking at a barbed, ice, bone, and horned devil, and now all I can think is that shield looks weird.
Pushed aside by the fiend?

But I always noticed that too.
 

Sacrosanct

Legend
Publisher
I'm not sure any picture made me love a class, but I have fond memories of many Dragon Magazine covers, and this was one near the end of where I stopped getting them. And it's a heck of a Ranger picture.

Daniel R. Horne's “Saving the Best for Last"

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I guess you could say I agree 😉 Also, his remake he did of that one is pretty good too


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Daniel R. Horne didn't do that many Dragon covers, but those he did are just outstanding.

I'm not sure any picture made me love a class, but I have fond memories of many Dragon Magazine covers, and this was one near the end of where I stopped getting them. And it's a heck of a Ranger picture.

Daniel R. Horne's “Saving the Best for Last"

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To be fair, while the sample chapters of Dragons of Deceit didn't strike me as particularly good, it's only been out a couple of months I'd be surprised if they needed to reprint it yet. Some of the older Drizzt novels have been out of print for a fair while i think.
 

Iosue

Hero
Artist: Larry Elmore
Source: Mentzer Red Box, 1983
Class: Cleric

I usually play Male Heroes, except when I play a Cleric!
My five year old daughter wanted to play D&D, so I paged through my copy of Mentzer showing her the pictures, asking what kind of character she wanted to play. She immediately stopped when we came to that picture and said, "That."

I related this to my sister, who told me that my niece had done the same thing when shown the book at age 6.
 

Mad_Jack

Hero
Clyde Caldwell's art has inspired a number of my characters and/or npcs over the decades, but one of my favorite pieces of D&D art was by Jeff Easley on pg. 50 of the 2nd Ed. DMG - the properly-muscled female fighter holding the ogre by the nose ring after having sliced his club and shield to bits... (Couldn't find a good image of the whole pic)
I made a character based on her in one game and statted her out as an npc in another.

I've always imagined that the fight only lasted two rounds as she casually chopped his gear off of him, and the ogre never got in a single swing before she destroyed his club...
And there is no argument you could make that would convince me this woman isn't capable of that level of epic badassery...


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Omand

Hero
Lockwood's painting of Redgar fighting a red dragon is what made me love the Fighter class so much in 3rd/3.5 Edition. I've never really thought much of the Fighter class before or since, but that's probably not the artwork's fault.
Just one thing, that is Tordek the Iconic Dwarf Fighter fighting the dragon, not Regdar.

The beard and the axe (and the text at the bottom of the picture) give it away. ;)

Cheers :)
 




Mad_Jack

Hero
I guess most of your characters had really low ACs...;)

Hey, I'm an old-school fantasy movie fan - my version of "plot armor" is to let folks describe their armor pretty much any way they want:

Warduke, Red Sonja and even the '80's-version Kurgan from the first Highlander movie are all wearing "chainmail", and you can write in "breastplate" on your character sheet even if those are literally all it covers... Got a giant shoulderpad and spiked kneeguards? "Half-plate" it is... :cool:
 

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