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Dungeons and Dragons: Beholder Encounter

By Deimos-Remus
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I've had this completed for almost half a year now, It's just been sitting around on my computer for a while. I have a backup of a few pieces that I've been meaning to submit.


Anyway, as I mentioned with my Bullywug piece from a while ago, I've always loved the old D&D monsters, and the Beholder is no different. I wanted to set up the piece like a gameboard, with tiles and whatnot. I had a couple more of these planned, which I may still complete, but I have loads of projects at the moment.
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Lazy-LitchProfessional General Artist
love the isometric style
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Deimos-RemusProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks! :)
smoothpainter's avatar
i hated those beholders when playing NWN 1  , they dispelled my buffs.
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Deimos-RemusProfessional Digital Artist
I've actually never played Neverwinter Nights, but I've heard that the Beholders were a pain!
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nico55544Student Filmographer
Hey I didn't know the lore of DOOM went back to midevil ages no that's some army of darkness shit
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Deimos-RemusProfessional Digital Artist
;)

The cacodemons definitely share a resemblance! 
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I love this! I've always had a fondness for the beholder, and I love the old-school look of this one. I find the current D&D versions to have deviated too far - they look like they are trying to hard to be scary. 

I like to imagine them floating around the dungeon, eyes half-closed, lost in their own otherworldly thoughts, the only sound accompanying them an eerie boom like distant waves hitting a rocky bluff, and then upon encountering an adventurer, they WAKE UP and attack, much like this one :)
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Deimos-RemusProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks a bunch! I feel the same way, things are trying too hard nowadays. Simplicity is something I've grown to deeply appreciate, especially in character and creature design. 


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JPWojasHobbyist General Artist
I could see these on birthday cards.
"You stare at the card and wonder what tresure is inside. You open it...

... You have disturbed a beholder! Fight it to get your birthday money!"
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Deimos-RemusProfessional Digital Artist
Ha, that would be fun!
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FullmoonriseingHobbyist Traditional Artist
good luck with that lol
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GrindCrusherCorpsHobbyist General Artist
its beautiful! i love it! my favorite monster!
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Deimos-RemusProfessional Digital Artist
The Beholder's always been one of my favorites. :)
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InkthinkerProfessional Digital Artist
Fun trivia bit: The Beholder is one of the few fantasy monsters wholly owned by the D&D license. Unlike goblins, orcs, elves, trolls, etc and et cetera, the Beholder's likeness is actually trademarked. I learned this when I tried to put one in a pile of dead monsters on the cover of Fantasy Craft, and had to replace it with a giant centipede.
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Deimos-RemusProfessional Digital Artist
It's arguably the most iconic of D&D's entire bestiary, that's for sure! Now, what about Bullywugs and the Gelatinous Cube/pudding? Those seem like they'd be owned by D&D as well, but they're a bit more generic than the beholder.

Thanks for the favorite on this by the way!
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InkthinkerProfessional Digital Artist
I'm not sure about the gelatinous cube, though I know we took out the one I slipped into the page frames in Fantasy Craft just to be safe. I don't think anyone owns the visual appearance, because it's too generic... The appearance of the Beholder is unique enough that they could trademark just the visual representation, but I think jelly hexahedrons are less clearly defined.

I had to look up Bullywugs. They're basically frog-people, so you can't own that concept... if nothing else, we can trace anthropomorphic frog people back to Victorian-era children's literature (see Beatrix Potter, or the Wind in the Willows). But they might have some ownership of the name "bullywug", especially in certain conjunctions.

I wouldn't worry about the pieces you've done, unless you're selling them.
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Deimos-RemusProfessional Digital Artist
That's true.

Just wondering is all, I may want to use these as portfolio pieces for a class, so these may not qualify exactly as fanart if need be.

Thanks for the info man!
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I love these "dioramas". They remind me of building plastic models in my childhood.

Great stuff - thanks for sharing.
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Deimos-RemusProfessional Digital Artist
That's the feel I wanted to convey!

Thanks! I appreciate it!
WeAreAmused's avatar
awww, poor beholder :(
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Deimos-RemusProfessional Digital Artist
Poor beholder?
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You make Beholders actually look worth including in a campaign after all!
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Wonderful!
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Deimos-RemusProfessional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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