Thanks thomden for getting a good link to website but that is not the picture. That's his 1e PHB redo.. I cannot seem to figure out how to use Google photos links to show up in thread. And I refuse to use photo bucket, etc anymore.
While more skillfully draw, the PHB remake goes wrong by shifting the focus of painting away from the adventure (AD&D PHB) to the characters standing at the bottom of the painting.
The giant demonic idol is, by far, the more dominant aspect of the AD&D PHB cover. It is bright, fiery, and striking. My attention is instantly drawn to the two thieves attempting to pry the giant ruby from the idol's eye. The other adventures are covered by the words Player's Handbook, which tells me, as the player, to be like those daring thieves, not the boring dudes standing around looking at the map.
The newer version, instead, places three boring adventures front and center. The stone idol is reduced to a bland piece of background ornamentation. The thieves are hardly visible.
Last Edit: Aug 28, 2021 6:48:12 GMT -6 by tombowings
Now, thomden , doesn't this inspire you to want to redo the Greg Bell illustrations from the 3lbb's, even just a little bit.
Heh, I was just working on my Dwarf Crafter class. The second part of my re-invisioning of race-as-class (like the Elf I previously did) and sketched out a Greg Bell dwarf homage.
I like the three quarters view your dwarf more than than the head-on view. He's giving that confident, sideways glance to the viewer. Inked, your dwarf is, IMHO, superior.
As much nostalgia as I have for the original hardback art, I have to admit that I would pick the new covers off the bookstore shelf if asked to choose. The original Monster Manual cover for reference, as if anyone didn't know what we were talking about: