Friday, January 8, 2016

Fresh from the drawing table... Catoblepas!

I have for you another drawing that is fresh from the drawing table. This time around it is a Catoblepas! With all of the "A" and "B" monsters completed (and many others too) it is now time to turn our attention to "C" monsters! To start "C" off I picked a very old monster that is a mixed up mess which I am all too familiar with. I present to you my version of a Catoblepas… 

9 x 12
Pencil on paper
Original - Currently not available
© 2016 Christopher Burdett

Having illustrated the Catoblepas for Magic the Gathering as well as being very familiar with the the different versions of the Catoblepas from D&D I was in a bit of a pickle design wise. So, I decided to go in a completely different direction that was fitting to the original monster. It is a fairly common belief that the Catoblepas was a chimera born of varying description of animals be ancient Greek travelers. A little water buffalo here, a little giraffe there, and a bit of this that and the other thrown in for good measure. ...just the sort of thing a crazy old wizard would do. I mixed it up a bit, threw a bunch more pieces into the pot and walked away. And so the Catoblepas was born...

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 week on the blog, see you back here on Monday! Until then...

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