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Elf Ranger with Barkskin by sheppardarts Elf Ranger with Barkskin by sheppardarts
Illustration for the upcoming D&D 5th Edition Player's Handbook: An Elf Ranger protected by the spell Barkskin (in the spells section).
©2014 Wizards of the Coast

This illustration was very rewarding- I can say that about the majority of my work, but this one was served up with a side of redemption. Back in early 2010 I did my first three jobs for Dungeons & Dragons (a character and two scenes for Dragon Magazine), and they didn't go so well.

Actually, that's an understatement. They were awful. I can't say whether or not the art directors hated the results or *really* hated the results; I was dealing with the aftermath of a death in the family and behemoth project at my day job, and it aversely affected the work at the time. Excuses, excuses. Needless to say, I didn't get invited back to do more D&D art until this piece four years later. I feel like I did MUCH better justice to the brand this go-round, and as a player of D&D too, I can't wait to pick up my copy of the new Player's Handbook. :)
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Mad-Willy Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay barkskin! Great wood texture
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RavynSoul Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
It's great to see the whole piece. The book cuts off most of the right side starting mid-arrow.
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sheppardarts Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
It's true, a lot of the full-page art got cropped in the PHB... It's hard to tell she's got an arrow nocked without the context of the bow! Thank you for taking a look at the full art. :)
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RavynSoul Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Not a problem! I have been very impressed with the quality of all the art in all the books out so far and it's great to be able to see the full versions
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Estonius Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2014
Killer pose and styley!
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KCno Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014
Really cool to see barkskin visualized
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sheppardarts Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Not an easy task- thank you!
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Gipgm2 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014
I could fav all of your work---awesome talent
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CapitanaRecondita Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional
wonderful!!! :D
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SukedIjo Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014   Digital Artist
Nice
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funkyalienlovers Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
fantastic artwork
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MattJWood Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Excellent!
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Ysvyri Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I always enjoy seeing new work from you pop up on my watch list. This is beautiful!
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incircle Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Student Digital Artist
love it :D
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henriqueart Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional
lindo trabalho Clap 
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Iavas Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is awesome! One of the better D&D illustrations I've seen, and probably the first of barkskin actually looking like... bark. Kudos.
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sheppardarts Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
The barkskin ... yeah. I mean, it's easy enough to paint a bark texture, but keeping it subtle enough that it doesn't completely obscure the figure is a challenge. Thanks for the kudos. :)
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nickmouture Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
llama stare beautiful...
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ortheza Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
great! :)
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Jonathon-Reed Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   Digital Artist
Tilted rocks, yo!
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sheppardarts Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Square rocks tilted slightly to the left... my trademark ;)
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Jonathon-Reed Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   Digital Artist
I appears a skull has also appeared from...well I hope not. :P
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PapaG-art Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great work!!
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LucasParolin Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Ohhh this is greaat!!!
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agapetos Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Lovely. I like the soft dappled light.
And thanks for providing us with a backstory. It's always interesting to read about the lives of fellow artists.
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IzoLeeLove Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Great Work.
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akrasiel Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014   General Artist
Oh, the barkskin is so cool. Very nice work :)
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Fedodika Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Digital Artist
cute
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Captain-Savvy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think you did awesomely!
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kwikdraw Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Student Writer
The pose does it. :love:
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Vercyngetorix Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very impressive. Nice pose and color!!! I like the details work and the textures!
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Yanderika Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2014
really awesome~~ QvQ <3
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