Thursday, February 13, 2014

February Artfest: Rogues by Dave Trampier

Rogues by Dave Trampier
When I first ran across this illustration in the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Dungeon Master's Guide I found myself falling in love with the idea of killing everything and taking it's stuff. As greedy as that chubby thief is I found myself all the more so for Dave Trampier's art and for the world he was drawing. 

Still haven't gotten my fill of either of them, you?


  1. For some reason I was thinking this was in the PHB. But anyway, it is pretty much the essence of D&D. Trampier sure had something.

  2. I've always considered Trampier's style one of the most evocative of a sense of wonder, foreboding and all the more immersive because of that feeling. The facial expression, textures, and embedded narrative in even a single figure are a touchstone for fantasy art. Any of his illustrations could be a single frame from a key moment in a film, part of a continuous stream of images that your mind can almost fill in to either side of the single image before you.

    When he disappeared in the '80's the world was left a little less than it had been, but I hope he's found some kind of peace.


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