Friday, August 17, 2018

Friday Art Attack

I'm not quite sure what this is all about, but that looks like a gibbering mouther, which is a reminder that Yog-Sothothery has always been a part of D&D, because what is a gibbering mouther if not a pastiche of a shoggoth?

When fighting some kind of black dragon, it's important to have a .... ghost dragon sword?  This looks very D&Dish (especially that very specific take on the black dragon) but I otherwise have no idea what's going on.  Cool image, though.

Some Conan related art; the other big races of northern barbarians (besides the Cimmerians to whom Conan belonged) were the alt.Vikings—the Vanir and the Æsir.  The Vanir were the red-heads, if I remember correctly.

Some extra spiky aliens.   I actually think the original design's smoothness is part of it's odd appeal.

Sam Wood's flipped image of the Ubese, which is what Princess Leia disguises herself as during Return of the Jedi, obviously.  They're kind of like the Star Wars version of Shadar-kai.

I personally think the Amazon warrior is kind of hoaky, but it's a genuine trope of Western civilization if you do it kind of right, I guess.  So, here's two images from it.  The skull-faced mask is pretty wild.

Bathymetric map of Antarctica if it had no ice cap.  I don't know if it's accurate or not, but it's a cool looking continent.  I'd do something with it.

The Morrison.  Allosaurus, Apatosaurus, and Othnielia.

Some more amazonian stuff, but this time let's add snakes and make the girl look like a vampire or something.  Cool.

I can't remember what this art is from, but it's pretty much what a fantasy port city should look like exactly.

Everyone loves a trip to the aquarium.

Aquilops, an early, basal ceratopsian found in Montana's Cloverly Formation.  This raises all kinds of interesting questions about the whole ceratopsian family and their geography.  Derived, big ceratopsians like Triceratops are only found in North America.  Previously, early, basal models like Psittacosaurus or Protoceratops were found in Asia.  So; what exactly is going on here?  Multiple migrations across a Berengian land bridge?  Probably.  But the picture is more complex than we used to think as more and more weird antecessors have turned up.

Cat people sorcerers with energy claws.  Why not?

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