Friday, May 19, 2023

Aarakocra Returns as a Dungeon & Dragons Metal Print

I recently noticed a Facebook link for a company that produces metal prints. They have a licensing agreement with Wizards of the Coast and produce D&D metal prints. My curiosity was piqued, so I followed the link and saw what they had to offer. I would be lying if I had secretly hoped to see some of my work and then... there it was.

Aarakocra Metal Print

Having seen (and loved) the D&D movie and the awesome job they did with Jarnathan, I was not surprised to see that they had used my Aarakocra art for one of their print offerings. Not only did they use the painting I created for the Monster Manual, but they also used the supplemental drawings that I produced. Here is a look at the art I created for the game.

 Dungeons & Dragons - 5th Edition Monster Manual
8x11 - Digital
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

Aarakocra - Detail Sketches
 Dungeons & Dragons - 5th Edition Monster Manual
9x12 - Pencil on paper
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

I enjoy collecting books, cards, miniatures, and everything else my art appears on and in. So I had to pick up one of these metal prints. I think it looks great, and it looks even better on the wall in the studio.

Aarakocra metal print on the wall in the studio

The one odd thing was that there was the following message in my receipt email. While I know that as work for hire, WotC can do anything and everything with the work that I created. This is not an issue, it is the way of things. I assume that the company that produces these metal prints must work with some artist directly in some capacity, but the fact that this went out to the very person who made the art and will never see another dime from its use is somewhat ironic.

But the world is weird and there is not much to be done about it. I tried to reach out to the company about the working of the email but encountered a very dumb chat-bot (it said as much), and I gave up. Cool metal print all the same, and the art looks great on it. 

That's all for another exciting week on the blog. See you back here on Monday! Until then...

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