|Magical Defense by Jeff Easley|
Like Earl Otus, Jeff Easley is one of the most beloved artists to be associated with Dungeons and Dragons - and it's a love that is well deserved as he spent the majority of his career cranking out amazing works of art for a medium that thrived, in part, because of his beautiful illustrations.
For my first look into Jeff's art I wanted to choose a piece that exemplified why he's such a beloved figure and this picture has it all. The colors are amazing and the unflappable confidence of the wizard pushes forward the narrative. Then you look at the lycanthropes who have surrounded him and you realize that it's a false confidence he's projecting becasue while many of them are running away the one next to his exposed flank is primed to eat his heart out.
Great place to start a love affair with an artist who can inspire your games to ever greater heights.