Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Dungeon & Dragons Monster Manual - Spriggan - Redesign

Continuing another week of monsters from my concept work on 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons with the loathsome Spriggan. The best type of Fey creatures? GROSS Fey creatures! Here is how the final concept turned out...

Spriggan - Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual - Redesign
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

This was a very late addition to my workload and was a fun one. Production wanted a weird, little, simpering, pathetic, gross incarnation for this Spriggan. I was more then happy to work up some thumbnails of just that. Here is how my thumbnails turned out...

Spriggan - Thumbnails
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

I really liked 'A' and 'B', not too sure where 'C' was heading but neither did it. 'B' was the obvious winner and needed to be moved along to a finished drawing. Still loving 'A' a whole lot... I may need to remember the feel and mood of it and see if I can channel it into another piece sometime. Anyway, here is how the final drawing for the Spriggan turned out...

Spriggan - Drawing
9 x 12
Pencil on Paper
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

The drawing was approved without note and I was all set to move onto the final color comp. This was another one that moved along really quickly without any major issue or exciting story. Just making monsters... Needless to say, it is thanks to years of experience, familiarity with the IP and project, and an established working relationship with the art director that makes this as easy as it sometimes it. Here is how the final color comp turned out...

Spriggan - Final Redsign
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

The color comp was approved and another monster is all set. Time to move onto the next one...

A HUGE THANKS to Jon Schindehette for all the monsters and direction during the design phase of 5th Edition!
That is all for another exciting Wednesday on the blog, see you back here on Friday for another new monster! Until then...

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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See you back here tomorrow for a new monster! Until then...

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Monday, October 27, 2014

Dungeon & Dragons Monster Manual - Shambling Mound - Redesign

Starting off another week of monsters from my time redesigning for 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons with something a little green. It is none other then the Shambling Mound! Everybody loves a giant plant monster that loves to squeeze you to death AND loves lightning. Here is how the final concept turned out...

Shambling Mound - Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual - Redesign
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

I am no stranger to the Shambling Mound, in fact back in 2011 I redesigned the Shambling Mound for myself. Going into this reworking for 5th Edition I knew I needed to steer clear from anything I had already done for myself while creating the intended product for the client. Insuring that there would be no cross over, production requested that the new Shambling Mound needed to not have any appearance of a mouth, eyes, or anything face like at all. Done and done! I got to work on some very crazy, scribbly, loose thumbnails...

Shambling Mound - Thumbnails
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

Somehow something was determined to be of value from all these scribbles and option "B" was the winner. Only one thing to do... get to work on the drawing. Now I had to make since of all my scribbles and make it look like vines, leaves, and other plant bits. Here is how the final drawing turned out...

Shambling Mound - Drawing
9 x 12
Pencil on Paper
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

The drawing was approved on the first pass and without note. All in all, this monster moved through production extremely quickly. With an approved drawing it was now time to add some color and wrap this plant behemoth up. Here is for the final color concept turned out...

Shambling Mound - Final Redsign
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

The final was approved without note and another monster was ticked off my list. In the end, when the MM came out the 4th Edition Shambling Mound was used. Not sure what happened, but the piece was by Lars Grant-West and is an awesome painting. Maybe my version will still be illustrated by someone out there...

A HUGE THANKS to Jon Schindehette for all the monsters and direction during the design phase of 5th Edition!

That is all for another exciting Monday on the blog, see you back here on Wednesday for another new monster! Until then...

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

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See you back here on Monday for more new monsters! Until then...

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Dungeon & Dragons Monster Manual - Helmed Horror - Redesign

Concluding another week of monsters here on the blog with another 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual redesign. This time around it is a monster of animated armor, the very rigid Helmed Horror. Here is how the final concept turned out...

Helmed Horror - Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual - Redesign
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

Helmed Horror... animated magical armor monster... monster that is armor... not a lot of tentacles going on there. Every monster gets the same amount of attention and the same amount of work, every time. While this one is sort of a straight forward monster... animated armor, I wanted to give it my personal spin and push the boundaries with production to see what they would go for. While there is no need to reinvent the wheel, I did want to make it fresh and feel really cool. Here is how the thumbnails turned out...

Helmed Horror - Thumbnails
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

While option 'C' is most likely completely wrong for this monster I thought it would be so cool In the end, 'B' was the winner. I was asked to resubmit the thumbnail with another pass of detail and a sword to match the armor. An animated suit of armor needs to be fully armed and looking its best! Here is how the updated thumbnail turned out...

Helmed Horror - Revised Thumbnail
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

All dressed up and no adventures to slay. The updated fleshed out thumbnail was approved without further comment and it was time to draw. Here is how the final drawing turned out...

Helmed Horror - Drawing
9 x 12
Pencil on Paper
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

The drawing was approved without comment... which is good, since it is pretty much the revised thumbnail but in pencil. It was now time to get working on the color comp of the Helmed Horror. Here is how the final color comp turned out...

Helmed Horror - Final Redsign
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

I think I originally turned in a more monochromatic version of this color comp originally. I was asked to add some more variation to the armor. This didn't take long and did not result in a new version of this image, so this if the only version of the final Helmed Horror. Another monster has been taken care of, one to the next...

A HUGE THANKS to Jon Schindehette for all the monsters and direction during the design phase of 5th Edition!

That is all for another exciting week on the blog, see you back here on Monday for another new monster! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Dungeon & Dragons Monster Manual - Hezrou Demon - Redesign

The monsters continue here on the blog with another redesign from the 5th Edition Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual. This time around it is a demon! The Hezrou Demon to be exact. Here is how the final concept turned out...

Hezrou Demon - Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual - Redesign
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

The Hezrou Demon has been around since the very first D&D Monster Manual and I was thrilled to get a chance to give it my personal spin. After all, it is a giant fat frog demon and I am all about drawing gaint fat frog demons. Got things rolling with some thumbnails...

Hezrou Demon - Thumbnails
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

I really love these... but I can see now why they don't work for this particular monster. Man, oh man... I would have loved to flesh out option 'A' though. 'B' is also a favorite of mine. Alas, they are all too big and fat I guess and I was asked to work up some new options. Here is how my second wave of thumbnails turned out...

Hezrou Demon - Second Wave of Thumbnails
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

Option 'C' was the winner, but he was not over the finish line just yet. I was asked to take that design and stand the monster up a bit. Here is how that updated thumbnail turned out...

Hezrou Demon - Revised Thumbnail
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

Third times the charm and I had an approved thumbnail for the Hezrou Demon. It was now time for some drawing and to flesh out what I was beginning in the thumbnail. Here is how the final drawing of the Hezrou Demon turned out...

Hezrou Demon - Drawing
9 x 12
Pencil on Paper
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

The drawing was approved with out comment and it was time to get started on the final color comp. Here is how the color version turned out...

Hezrou Demon - Final Redsign
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

The color comp was approved and another monster was completed. There was some concern going into this that the Slaad are also big fat frog monsters and that the Hezrou would end up too similar. In the end all parties were confident that the two monsters looked sufficiently different and unique.

A few months back I mentioned that the Hezrou had surfaced in the mobile game, Arena of War. That game has come and gone, but the screenshots survive on the internet. Here are some of my screenshots that I had originally shared so you can see how it translated to the mobile game. All in all, I think it is a fairly good adaptation. Too bad the game didn't stick around longer...

Hezrou Demon from Dungeons & Dragons Arena of War

A HUGE THANKS to Jon Schindehette for all the monsters and direction during the design phase of 5th Edition!

That is all for another exciting Wednesday on the blog, see you back here on Friday for another new monster! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com

Monday, October 20, 2014

Dungeon & Dragons Monster Manual - Griffon - Redesign

Back to work and back to covering the monsters from 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons that I redesigned. This time around it is the majestic chimera of a monster, the Griffon. Here is how the final concept turned out...

Griffon - Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual - Redesign
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

This time around they had a previous design they wanted to stick close to for the Griffon and I was provided a sample piece of art to base my work off of. Seems easy enough, right? Sure... here is how the thumbnail turned out for the Griffon...

Griffon - Thumbnail
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

Unfortunately, I stuck too close to the provided sample and did not think for myself enough and carried over the anatomy that was not working just right. It was a great piece of art I was working from, but anatomy is one of those things that you need to nail, or fake REALLY well. It became very clear in my thumbnail that the anatomy I was working from needed some more attention. I was asked to go back and beef up and tighten up the anatomy for the Griffon. Here is how the revised version turned out...

Griffon - Revised Thumbnail
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

Much better, and much more accurate to being a bird lion monster thing. Why didn't I tighten up the anatomy to begin with? I was told to follow the lines I was given and I followed... down the wrong path. Think for yourselves but make sure you still accomplish the task you are asked to do. Now that I had an approved thumbnail it was time to get drawing on paper...

Griffon - Drawing
9 x 12
Pencil on Paper
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast
Original Drawing - SOLD

The drawing came together quickly and was approved without any comment. I moved forward on the final color design...

Griffon - Final Redsign
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

The color comp of the final was approved and the Griffon was taken care of. Nothing too crazy or Earth shattering about this one, just a good solid classic Griffon design. When I get around to doing one for myself you might see some crazy stuff going on, but for the client, they get classic monster.

A HUGE THANKS to Jon Schindehette for all the monsters and direction during the design phase of 5th Edition!

That is all for another exciting Monday on the blog, see you back here on Wednesday! Until then...

For more samples of my work or to contact me regarding my availability head over to my website: www.christopherburdett.com