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D&D General Tony Diterlizzi appreciation thread


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vincegetorix

Jewel of the North
To me this art represent all that is good with D&D. It screams ''fun'' and ''imagination''. I get that for some people it is the art of Planescape, but I think this is the art that fits the feel of D&D the most.

The guy that draws the ''sketchy'' art of the 5e Basic Rules as well as the art of Curse of Strahd and Out of the Abyss (forget his name) is pretty close in my opinion.

Also a big shout out to the Dwarves from Trudvang Chronicles!

I mean... I get serious, I get grim and dark...but I think D&D is all about the weirdness and alien-ness of characters and creatures inhabiting fantastic lands.
 

Stormonu

Legend
I feel very honored that Tony did the art for my Dungeon adventure, "The Winter Tapestry".
 

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Urriak Uruk

Debate fuels my Fire
Man, please just let us get a Planescape book in that style again. :D

Not sure that's even possible. Yes Diterlizzi can be commissioned for a few pieces, but not the whole book; he's explained before how when doing Plescape, he was making art constantly and it wasn't a healthy pace. I don't think he'd want to be the sole artist on a new book release again.

And if the other artists are trying to mimic Tony, they're pieces would suffer... you can't beat the OG at this style!

So it'd be great to have a new Planescape book, with new pieces by Diterlizzi, but it shouldn't be the only style... otherwise it would probably suffer in quality.
 

Not sure that's even possible. Yes Diterlizzi can be commissioned for a few pieces, but not the whole book; he's explained before how when doing Plescape, he was making art constantly and it wasn't a healthy pace. I don't think he'd want to be the sole artist on a new book release again.

And if the other artists are trying to mimic Tony, they're pieces would suffer... you can't beat the OG at this style!

So it'd be great to have a new Planescape book, with new pieces by Diterlizzi, but it shouldn't be the only style... otherwise it would probably suffer in quality.
I used to think a PS book would have to include his art, but the past is past. 5e can and will do its own thing.

If you can find it for a reasonable price, I would recommend his book Realms which includes a large collection of his art
 

ersatzphil

Adventurer
Yes Diterlizzi can be commissioned for a few pieces, but not the whole book
One of the things I miss about older editions of D&D was how different artists did so much to differentiate the different worlds of play. The art in "Van Richtens" is more or less the same as that in "Tashas" or "Xanathars" - "Van Richtens" isn't a Ravenloft product, it's a D&D product that happens to take place in Ravenloft. I'm sure it would be the same for "Shemeshka's Guide to the Wheel", or whatever we call a theoretical "Planescape" book.

...that being said, if they don't at minimum have DiTerlizzi do the alt art version, I wouldn't even know what to say.
 





el-remmen

Moderator Emeritus
I have always loved his brownie in the Monstrous Compendium, so much so that when I had him sign my 3E PHB at GEN CON in 2000, I asked him to draw the brownie.

TD: You know, none of my art is in this book.
Me: Well, now it will be - plus it is all I have with me for you to sign. Thanks!


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cbwjm

Hero
A lot of his other work is also great inspiration for DnD. Spiderwick Chronicles and the Spiderwick field guide (been meaning to actually buy this one) are brilliant, I sometimes jump onto his website to look through what else he's done, so many cool images to look through. I've also got his book Realms which looks at his artwork for DnD.
 

My favorite of his work was just what he contributed to the 2E Monstrous Manual, because it showed how his style CAN BE a part of generic D&D, b/c it is capacious enough for a bunch of styles - some monsters just looked better when he drew them
I was going to say exactly the same. His remorhaz, his grig, his salamander, wereboar, death kiss, thri-kreen, kraken, ogre mage … it’s delicate and intricate work, but it really drips personality. The work he did for planescape really suited Sigil (if arguably not so much the rest of the planes) but it’s the MM work I found most evocative, and it’s very different in style to the planescape stuff.
 


ART!

Hero
I did, because Frank Frazetta was being unjustly targeted.

I wont claim to make sense but as Cuthbert is noted to have said.

“Yes, retribution is the basis of all law.” ;)

not by me! I was the one who suggested Frazetta be on the thread to begin with

this is why we can't have nice things
😿
I love Frazetta's work, but I didn't upvote him in the D&D artists thread because I don't really associate him with D&D. Of course, if I were to run a very sword & sorcery leaning D&D game, his stuff would be strongly featured on my inspiration board for that game.
 





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