Traveling D&D Party

 

Hoo boy, this one was a challenge! A lot of characters, a lot of character details, a lot of “business”, like the water genasi warlock pilfering a magical D30 from the dragonborn paladin’s pouch.  Just a lot of stuff to fit into in the image. Very challenging, but worth it, because I think it came out very nicely, and the clients were very pleased.  Most of the D&D party commissions I do are either an action scene of some kind, or a “group photo” where everyone just poses and looks cool. And those are great! But it was a nice change of pace to depict a quiet moment of travel, so often glossed over in our games as well as in our art!

Here’s a really fun D&D commission I did a couple months back. The commissioner’s group was putting their regular game on hold for a Halloween session where their characters would encounter a fantasy version of a stereotypical Italian restaurant — a CANNIBAL Italian restaurant, run by the evil Tony Linguine and his staff of drunken goblins — and the PCs are on the menu (literally)!

Thanks for looking, and if you want to see more, you can check out my website at http://www.brandonpalas.com!

Children of the Blood Star

Here’s a recent commission — a poster for a D&D campaign called Children of the Blood Star. The heroes (the titular children, I assume) stand in front of the campaign’s main city, a flurry of red lanterns rising into the air, with the evil Zolph looming in the background above them. His broken skull contains The Void. The titular Blood Star can be seen over his shoulder.

I love doing these poster-style commissions! I’m not exactly a graphic designer, but these heavy metal-ish hand-drawn titles are a blast.

Velira Splinth

Been feeling the itch to get on the other side of the DM screen for a change, so I dropped into a D&D Adventurers League game at my local gaming store. You always hear horror stories about the kinds of weirdos you can run into at public games, so I was a little apprehensive, but everyone at the table was great.

I played human rogue Velira Splinth. She’s a former burglar, but she’s going straight, and taking up the comparatively honest profession of adventuring. She was hastily thrown together by grabbing a name I liked from my notebook. No complex backstory, but just the name gave me enough of a sense of who she was to have some fun with a terrible cockney accent!

A recent commission. A couple of Half-elf adventurers, preparing for battle! He’s a Great Old One warlock whose patron is a big blue sun that appears to him but never speaks, and he summons his pact weapon by pulling it out of a black (blue?) hole. She’s a glamour bard who was raised in the feywild, and here we see in her in her Mantle of Majesty, just beating the world into submission with her radiant beauty.

Here’s a cool Curse of Strahd commission I recently had the chance to do. It was commissioned to commemorate the end of the campaign, and immortalizes the triumphs and epic fails of the party, such as taking over a town, punching your way out of a shambling mound, accidentally burning down a windmill with a bunch of kids inside, accidentally drowning a bunch of ravens who were actually people, accidentally blowing up a wagon, and taking advice from a talking sword.  And of course, Strahd himself looms over the whole thing.

Artistically, it was a big challenge to fit this many characters, with this many bits of “business”, onto the page in some kind of coherent composition, all while giving each character the “screen time” they deserve. I think it ultimately came out very nicely, but it took a lot of messing around to get it there!

D&D Party Exploring a Wizard’s Laboratory

Here’s a fun commission I finished up recently — a party exploring a friendly wizard’s laboratory. I love doing the group-portrait and action shots that I usually get commissioned for, but this was a really nice change of pace. I got to do a little storytelling, and come up with some fun wizard’s trinkets. It felt more like drawing a comic book panel, and since we’re between volumes of Mantamaji right now, I haven’t drawn a comic panel in a while.

 

Magi-Tech D&D Commission

Here’s a real cool commission I had the opportunity to draw — a D&D party facing off against the Big Bad Evil Guy, all of whom are sporting badass alien power suits with internal weapons systems that cast Magic Missile and stuff like that. Not the typical D&D illustration, but very cool nonetheless!

Eldritch Foundry Employee Portraits

Here are a bunch of portraits commissioned by the people at Eldritch Foundry, a cool new company that makes custom miniatures for D&D and other tabletop role-playing games. They had me do all of their employees as their D&D alter-egos!

 

A Dashing D&D Party

Here’s a recent D&D commission. The client gave me far more specific detail about the characters’ looks and dress than I’ve ever had before, which was great — lots of fun swashbuckling looks — but also challenging. Anyway, I think it came out pretty good!

Duergar Hunting Party

More D&D, more Underdark. These are Duergar, the so-called Grey Dwarves, a clan of dwarves who were driven to by a strange compulsion mine ever deeper, until they broke through into the Underdark, and found the source of their madness — the Mind Flayers, who enslaved them and
drove them insane with psionic experiments! The Duergar eventually escaped their slavery, but they were rejected by the rest of the dwarves, so they stayed down in the Underdark doing Underdark things. Here’s a few of the nasty bastards out hunting!

D&D Curse of Strahd Commission

Here’s a recent commission of a D&D party from a Curse of Strahd campaign. Curse of Strahd is set in D&D’s Ravenloft setting, which is like an old-school Hammer Horror, Transylvania kind of setting, and Count Strahd Von Zarovich is basically Dracula. In this illustration, Strahd is drawn with the likeness of the Dungeon Master, as he pulls the party’s strings!

The only couple of times I got to play D&D back in high school, it was set in Ravenloft, so this was a fun nostalgia trip!