Modular: Eye of the Beholder – The Art of Dungeons & Dragons
Art is a HUGE part of Dungeons and Dragons (D&D). In fact, you can’t separate the amazing illustrations, (from black and white sketches to glorious color panoramas) from the actual playing of D&D. Of course, this applies to other role playing games. Wayne Reynolds’ illustrations were a big draw for me in trying Pathfinder. But there’s a reason I mentioned D&D.
Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons, a documentary by X-Ray Films and Cavegirl Productions, is due out next year. And what a BRILLIANT idea! In addition to featuring artists and their work, it will also include interviews with game designers, authors, insiders and fans.
If this preview doesn’t grab you, I’m not sure you’re a D&D fan. If you read Part One of my history of Necromancer and Frog God Games (you did, didn’t you?), you saw those awesome Necromancer covers. I’ve loved D&D art since I started playing and I even had a puzzle with Larry Elmore’s drawing from the cover of the Red Box.
There’s a very short article about it in Format Magazine that has a bunch of wonderful D&D art from several of the greats. Makes me think of those great Dragon Magazine covers.
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I have to admit that before viewing that teaser, I didn’t have particularly high hopes that there would be enough “production quality” to really grab me…but there was ?
I’m always leery heading into a documentary. The quality can be all over the place, and the preconceptions of the maker will shade everything. A great idea can certainly end up being a bad documentary.
But when I saw who they were talking to in the trailer, I figured there’s going to be some quality in the mix. I’m following the project on Facebook and today they said they were talking to Larry Elmore and Tim Klask. So, I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt!
Woah, a documentary on D&D artwork was something that I didn’t know I wanted!
I hope Keith Parkinson gets a mention, he’s a favourite of mine.
Here’s the second teaser trailer for our new documentary.
(And yes, Parkinson gets… more than a mention.)