The Monster Automatic
I was looking at first edition Dungeons and Dragons art and felt a bit inspired to draw stuff in that weird style. There's some very unique monster anatomy that came out from the original Monster Manual. I don't really plan these, they are just mindless doodles that keep my hands occupied during phone calls and meetings. Unlike anything else on this website, very little thought has gone into any of this.
All the descriptions are terribly vague and confused. Likely because I have no idea what the heck I was drawing either. This isn't meant to be a comprehensive manual anyway.So just enjoy this virtual zine of retro monster designs.
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It's some sort of long necked feline creature. I don't see how it's any more dangerous than any other large feline. Looks kind of freaky.
The head is inspired by how lions used to be depicted in some medieval art. I gave it a long neck just because.
A group of restless spirits. Are they entombed warriors? They move around conjoined in a dark cloud.
I saw a picture in the news and this image came to my mind. I think it was actually a crane on a building and the headline was about Chinese real estate.
It traverses dark dungeon corridors, blowing its snout(?). The force of its noot is lethal.
I wasn't thinking when I was drawing this. I think I see bits of a fly and a human tailbone.
WIDE HEADED DRAGON
A flat headed dragon with a long fish eating snout. Is it a proper dragon? Or is it more of a wyvern?
In some old Dungeons and Dragons art, dragons were often drawn with their eyes wide apart and their heads flat. It's a very 70's thing that you hardly see anymore. It kind of reminds me of a Gharial.
Bat. Orc. Creature. Thing.
Orcs kind of had a pig like look to them in the original 1st ed of D&D. I tried a different animal.
Bony invertabrate creature? Maybe subterranean. I don't know man. The claws look dangerous though.
This one was just a result of mindless drawing. I think I mixed up a bunch of invertebrate and bone shapes.
A large elongated lion. Is it a wizard's experiment gone wrong, or perhaps just an exotic freak of nature? Who knows?
This is inspired by badly taxidermied lions and cats in photo stiched panoramic photos.
A wise creature that guards things and asks grade school level riddles. Always Lawful Neutral.
I think I was influenced by the Lamasu, but it turned into this strange hipster creature.
A very dangerous monkey. Or is it a goblin with a skin disease?
I have no clue what inspired this I just drew it.