Monday, July 16, 2012

Monsters A-Z second pass complete!

If you have been following my blog for any length of time you should be familiar with my 'Fresh from the drawing table..." series where I re a classic Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual entry. As of last Friday I completed my second pass through the book and so marked the completion of 47 monsters. Since some letters only have a few or even just one entry there will less monsters each pass. Let's take a look at the second pass altogether...

 Monsters A-Z the second pass
© 2012 Christopher Burdett

If you are keeping track the very first entry, the Bugbear, was posted on May 7th, 2010. I started with the Bugbear and not the Axebeak because I like the Bugbear better. The Bugbear is also the first of the current 47 monsters to see completion. Speaking of 47 monsters, let's have a look at what they all look like together, drawings that spread over 2 years worth of time...

Monsters A-Z the first 47
© 2012 Christopher Burdett

Now that I am done with two passes... WHAT NOW?! At this point I think I have resigned myself to completing what I began and will draw everything in the original D&D Monster Manual. I am just trying to decide what 'everything' will mean for me and how I would like to go about moving through the book hear on out.

Not only are there MANY entries for demons, devils, dragons, and giants - all of which will be fun to explore and create - but will I want to draw them in waves or in mass? And there is also the issue of the Dinosaurs... there are pages and pages of Dinosaurs in the MM. I LOVE Dinosaurs, but I do have my limits and that goes for the Demons, Devils, Giants and all the rest. I am still working out if I want to do another standard pass through the book or if it is time to just start with "A" and do the remaining and then move to "B". I have already completed my first new "A" entry and there is a "B" monster I would REALLY like to do, so as of right now it looks like a third A-Z pass is in my immediate future. I have resigned myself to the reality that eventually I will just be drawing "D" and "G" entries. I will finish what I start! It is just those completely invisible monsters that have me worried... here is a blank sheet of paper, isn't it scary!

I will be updating all the monster entries to show the following collections of links so that you can access all the monsters! Wave 3 will be beginning soon, I hope you are ready! RAWR!

My first 100 original Dungeons & Dragons Monster Manual redesigns (A - Z): Aerial Servant, Ankheg, Ant (Giant), Ape (Carnivorous), Ape (Gorilla), Axe Beak, Axe Beak (version 2), Baboon, Badger, Barracuda, Basilisk, Baluchitherium, Bear (Black), Bear (Brown), Bear (Cave), Beaver (Giant), Beetle (Giant) - Bombardier, Beetle (Giant) - Boring, Beetle (Giant) - Fire, Beetle (Giant) - Rhinoceros, Beetle (Giant) - Stag, Beetle (Giant) - Water, Beholder, Black Pudding, Blink Dog, Boar (Giant), Boar (Warthog), Boar (Wild), Brain Mole, Brownie, Bugbear, Buffalo, Bulette, Carrion Crawler, Catoblepas, Cerebral Parasite, Chimera, Cockatrice, Coutal, Crab (Giant), Demon Type III (Glabrezu), Demon (Juiblex), Demon (Manes), Devil (Ice), Dragon (Red), Elemental (Earth), Ettin, Eye of the Deep, Flightless Bird, Frog (Giant), Fungi (Violet), Giant (Hill), Goblin, Golem (Flesh), Hobgoblin, Homunculus, Hydra, Imp, Intellect Devourer, Ixitxachitl, Jackal, Jacklewere, Jaguar, Ki-Rin, Kobold, Lich, Lizard (Giant), Lizardman, Manticore, Mind Flayer, Minotaur, Naga, Neo-Otygugh, Nixie, Ochre Jelly, Ogre, Owlbear, Peryton, Pixie, Purple Worm, Quasit, Ram (Giant), Roper, Rust Monster, Sahuagin, Salamander, Shambling Mound, Treant, Troglodyte, Troll, Umber Hulk, Unicorn, Vampire, Wasp (Giant), Wight, Wyvern, Xorn, Yeti, and Zombie.  
That is all for another exciting Monday on the blog, see you back here on Wednesday! Until then...

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  1. What a fantastic collection! I know original D&D is your fav, but would you ever consider switching tracks and doing critters from another game - say the Pathfinder Bestiary? I'm really looking forward to more giants. Any chance that you'll combine all of this into a sketchbook when you're done? Would you do them in alphabetical order, or the order in which you drew them?

  2. I do have long term plans for all this... but that is all I can say about it right now. The original MM is where I am going to stay for now. It was the intent of this project to draw from it. If I ever moved on it would be other early D&D monster stuff. THe Paizo books are all new and well designed and I have work in the second and third one, so it would be a little weird to work on that. The original 70's books were so weird sometimes and were what got me into monsters so I wanted to revisit that source material. Eventually, they will be presented alphabetically. And there are plenty of giants to come! the fullness of time.