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Journal Entry: Mon Apr 29, 2013, 3:13 AM

RPG Creatures - Bestiary 1 (Extended Edition)

This PDF book contains 54 original creatures, made primarily for fantasy role-playing games. Unlike many other manuals of monsters, the artwork in this book has been given a major role. Every creature is professionally illustrated and occupies a full color page for visual presence. The statistics are system-free, easily understood, and the descriptions are imaginative and thorough.

The book is currently sold through RPGNow and a full-size preview can be found here.

You can read a review here, and find more reviews and ratings here.

I'm a freelance artist and accept work offers when possible. As a freelance artist I don't have fixed rates, but time and demand set my prices. I don't ever work for free, for exposure only, or for the hope of future royalties. Normally, if you offer $20 or more per hour, I will listen to the offer and consider it, and if you offer $30/hour or more, I'm likely to accept without much consideration, if I'm available. I do full-color, and black&whites of any size, but I don't do line-work. I can give you a set price per concept or illustration once I know your requirements. 

These are 30-40 hours scenes (several characters, and/or creatures involved in action)
- Hydra, your days are over. by Cloister Autumn Adventures II by Cloister Pathfinder iconics in action (fan art) by Cloister

These are 20-24 hours scenes (less complexity, or less detail)
The Familiar of Merlin by Cloister The Goblin Key by Cloister

These are 16 hours creatures (original concepts, highly detailed, no background)
Neverenn - creature concept by Cloister Agi-Septhoron - creature concept by Cloister Nevianaar - creature concept by Cloister

These are 4 hours creature concepts (somewhat random, less detailed)
Good Dragon concept by Cloister Creature Concept by Cloister

These are 16 hours characters
Orc Shaman by Cloister Fighter Character by Cloister Wizard, Mage, Magician Concept by Cloister Darwandir - creature concept by Cloister Grimwood Character Concept Illustration 1 by Cloister

These are 16 hours environments
Dungeon level 1 - level concept D: Staircase by Cloister   Dungeon level 2 - level concept A: Main Corridor by Cloister

This is a 4-6 hours environment
Black Pond Gate by Cloister

These and these are 1-2 hours weapons concepts, these and these are 2-2,5 hours character icons, and these are 2-3 hours locations icons.

Professional Feedback and Private Live Tutoring
A) You can send me one of your images and ask for professional feedback. I will return a written response and if it serves the purpose, a paint-over, letting you know about the strengths and weaknesses of your piece, and how it can be improved.
The price is $30, which should be paid by Paypal. Write to to see if I can accept your image. If I can, you make the payment, and feedback will be sent to you as agreed, usually within a few hours.

B) If you have or start a Google+ account, you can order one or several live tutoring sessions, of one or two hours at a time, where I will share my knowledge and screen. You can ask for a session on your own or together with up to 5 friends. You send me an email, suggesting hours when you're available, and I will respond and let you know if I'm also available at those hours. During live sessions you can ask questions (in English) or just ask me to give feedback, or to hold a lesson on an art-related topic of your choice. If it is only you the price is $35/hour, but it is $20/hour and person, if you are two, and $15/hour and person if you are 3-5 individuals. Please remember that I live in Sweden (Central European Time) when you suggest a time for these lessons. Daytime, early mornings and evenings are okay, but I don't teach during the night, since I must see to it to have my fill of blood in the small hours. I have 10 years of experience of teaching art, a four year traditional art eductation.

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TheNecroDancer1305 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2017
Hey i play D&D and i would like to know if i can use your stuff to make monsters
Wanderslost Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
Would you be interested in gig illustrating someone else's monsters? I'm nearing the end of writing my sci-horror RPG and the beginning of figuring out how to publish/promote it. Your style would work well, since my game has a deep sea flavor to it.

As I said, I'm in the exploration stage of hiring people to finish the product. If you are curious about the project or would enjoy discussing how hiring someone like you would work, let me know.
VG5006 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Student Digital Artist
So, wait. How does the whole monsters by email thing work? I'm not up to speed.
Cloister Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Hi. Monsters By Email is no longer running. The subscription was put to rest a long time ago.
VG5006 Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2016  Student Digital Artist
Okay, but how did it work? What WAS the process?
GregEckermann Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016
hmm these creatures could I make a model from them as reference to make monsters models for practice?
Cloister Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Practice as you please. Publishing and profiting are different matters. Thanks!
AsLinesComeTogether Featured By Owner Edited May 6, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
i'm almost tempted to give the rest of my tax returns from last year for as much as can be done with my inferior creatures for it xD
AlbertoCarrera Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2016  Professional Artisan Crafter
very great job!! you work   is inspiring!
great gallery
foxythepirate290 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2016   Digital Artist
You have  a  amazing  gallery ! !!
I frinkin love your  sea creatures  ^₩^
indiosamurai Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016
Awesome gallery and very inspiring work, sir. hats off to you. Headbang! 
BrandenTheKing Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2015  Student Artist
I just got one thing to say… YOUR CREATURES ARE DAMN AMAZING!!! I never seen such artist making these creatures up, you really have a great imagination.
Cloister Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you, Branden!
BrandenTheKing Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015  Student Artist
Your welcome.
Whiteghul Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
how in the hell can you come up with those awesome ideas of monsters man!! you're really a monster lord for sure!!
Cloister Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I let the pen move freely, and then keep an open mind. What's missing? Why doesn't it look interesting enough? What else can I try? Let's draw some weird lines over here and see what happens? How about if I erase this entire section? What if its head was over on this side instead? ... etc. 
Thank you, Whiteghul! 
Whiteghul Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
woow, you actually replied my message,hehehehe,,it's an honor.. i'm new in Deviantart but i found out this place is more like home now.  I'll be practicing and experimenting more from now on sir!!!  
Kantorock Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I've been watching you for some time, but only recently bothered purchasing your RPG Creature Bestiary, from It's an amazing piece of material, and well worth the small price you ask for it, if not more. I just wish I had the spare funds to support you on patreon...
Cloister Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2015  Professional Digital Artist

I'm very happy you like the book and my work. Many thanks! 
Stegron Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015
Would it not be fun making the Groke from the moomins into a rpg-monster?
She have terrified Children fore a couple of generations now.
ClockworkWasteland Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Your creatures are fantastic, they leave me in awe. I fully intend to purchace the rights to one someday, they're inspiring!

I do have one question, however: Are rights to a concept bought and owned soley by one person or can they be purchaces by others for the price as well? Meaning if bought they're no longer available for someone else to grab, right?
Cloister Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Many thanks!

The price $100 is for NON-exclusive rights, which means others can acquire the same rights. 
Exclusive rights are no longer available for these creatures, but would cost substantially more.
ClockworkWasteland Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah, I see. No problem for me. =D All i need do now is save up and choose, huh?
Cloister Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
: )
martixy Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2015
Holy shit... you're a dungeon master's wet dream.
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