Dungeons. Dragons. Graph paper. Funny dice.

Awesome Stefan Poag art

I’ve started commissioning art for my house rules booklets, and thought I’d share this excellent piece Stefan Poag drew for me.

Stefan Poad bug-eyed monster

If you’re looking for an artist, by the way, I can tell you that Mr. Poag has been a pleasure to work with.


Brendan Falconer, September 1, 2011 at 11:52 AM

That is very nice work.

Beedo, September 1, 2011 at 11:52 AM

That right there, is the real deal - beyond totally awesome. So when are you posting stats for the ceiling monster?

Jeff Rients, September 1, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Holy crap, is that a Decapus?

Mr. Poag does great work.

ze bulette, September 1, 2011 at 12:41 PM


Paul, September 1, 2011 at 1:28 PM

Could be a decapus, I suppose, or a more general bug-eyed monster. I love the suction cup tongue.

James Maliszewski, September 1, 2011 at 4:01 PM

Stefan’s work is always awesome, but this piece is particularly good. It reminds me a bit of Otus.

Telecanter, September 1, 2011 at 10:25 PM

Nice. I’m curious, because I’ve never done this, what you asked for, how specific were you?

Paul, September 1, 2011 at 10:50 PM

I haven’t done this much myself—a little in a past job, but not in years and never for my own stuff. So, I can’t say if I’m doing “right” or in the usual way, but this is the bulk of the request I emailed Stefan Poag:

This a personal/non-commercial project. I don’t plan to promote it in any serious way, but it would be publicly available on my website.

The format is digest (half U.S. letter 8.5 x 5.5”) black and white. I don’t need original artwork, only hi-res scans at full or double print size at 600 dpi in a lossless format like TIFF or PNG.

I’m not particular about the specific content, just something that demonstrates old-school themes like:

– characters in serious peril from a monster or trap – characters at a decision point, perhaps confronting the Weird

Other than that, just whatever you think is cool. Odd hats/helmets/hoods/masks and characters who look like Regular Joe’s not super heroes are a plus.

Can we start with one B&W piece to be reproduced at 8.5 x 5.5 (portrait orientation)? Let me know what time frame and payment method works best for you.

Presumably you pick an artist whose work you already like, so you might as well let them follow their muse. Of course, if you’re looking for a particular piece—a spell illustration, an image designed to fit around with typography, or whatever—then you let them know that too.

The process was painless on my end.

Jim, September 2, 2011 at 1:36 AM

Extremely jealous. That’s an awesome pic. Very evocative! Thanks for sharing!

Jayson, September 3, 2011 at 9:03 PM

I might add that the dwarf is at least as disturbing to me as the ceiling abomination. Even odds which one is a more immediate threat…

Billiam Babble, September 3, 2011 at 10:35 PM

He has a really excellent style. Nice one.

Telecanter, September 4, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Thanks Paul, appreciate the info.

Jimmy, September 8, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Yeah! Looks pretty great and fantasy-ish. Nice!

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