Friday, June 9, 2023

Dungeons & Dragons Word Search and Coloring Book - The Return of the Ankheg

Sometimes I go looking, and sometimes these things come to me. Another Facebook ad gave me the heads-up on something I might want to check out. I checked it out, and I can confirm that it did fall well within the sphere of my interests. After a quick glance at the recently released Dungeons & Dragons Word Search and Coloring Book, I noticed that under Ankheg was something very familiar to me.

Dungeons & Dragons Word Search and Coloring Book
For all your Dungeons & Dragons Word Search and Coloring Book needs.

Much to my surprise (but is it really at this point), under Ankheg I found the design drawing that I produced while working on the 5E D&D Monster Manual and monster redesign. It looked a little funny, but I am sure it was modified a little to make for a better coloring page. Here is my Ankheg drawing.

A drawing of a monster that is near and dear to me.

As mentioned, I recognized it immediately as my work, but the more and more I looked at it, it felt a little off. Not by much, but something just seemed different. I could clearly see my mark-making and my work, but something was... strange. I compared it to the original design work.

Ankheg - Version 02
Digitally modified drawing
12 x 9
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

Ankheg - Final Concept
Digital color over modified drawing
12 x 9
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

After a side-by-side comparison, I knew something was off. It was my design, but with less detail, and the shading was off. That is when I remembered I did additional detail drawings for all of the monsters I painted for the 5E MM, including the Ankheg. Since my final design for the monster was a digitally edited version of my drawing and the illustration in the book was in a more cropped action pose, I redrew that original concept as one of my detail studies. Since it was going to be smaller, I dropped some of the details in the original drawing and changed a couple things here and there. And thus, the mysetery is solved, and I was correct, it was my drawing, just not the one I thought it was at the beginning. Here is a look at all the detail drawings I did for the Ankheg ten years ago. 

Ankheg - Detail drawings
 9 x 12 - Pencil on paper
© 2014 Wizards of the Coast

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

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