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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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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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