The Fantasy Art of Dungeons and DRAGONS
October 30, 2008 by fantasyartandportraits
As you know, my website, Fantasy Art and Portraits, is focussed on the fantasy art of computer games. So you can imagine that I often run into tons of great art… but “can’t” use it. Here’s a sample from the roleplaying game, Dungeons and Dragons, specifically their 3rd Edition Monster Manual.
You’ll notice the “unimaginative” names of the dragons. This is in part practical, and in part D&D world setting: In the D&D mythology, developed over many, many, editions and setting spin-offs, “chromatic” or colour dragons (red, blue, green…) were “evil” and “metallic” or metal-colour dragons (gold, silver, bronze…) were “good”. This scheme appears the most enduring (perhaps boosted considerably during the immense popularity of the Dragonlance novels and subsequent sequels and spinoffs). There were others, such as “gemstone” dragons that were “neutral” and had psychic/mental powers, but those have failed to become canon.
Click on the images below to go to the Monster Manual gallery. From there, you can navigate out to their full gallery. Earlier stuff from pre-Wizards-of-the-Coast D&D isn’t available on the site. If I have some time, I’ll try to dig it out from the web and put it in another blog post.