|Credit: Malaysian artist Qistina Khalidah, who|
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I have a ton of folders of collected artwork for D&D inspiration. I was just thinking to myself that they could make for a good post. Why not start here?
I hope you like women in armor, because I have many digital binders full of 'em. This collection skews towards European knight aesthetics because I'm a hack. Feel free to correct that in the comments by contributing more pics.
I've tried to credit everyone. This isn't exhaustive or anything, these are just the pieces I've come across over the years that I enjoyed enough to save.
This one goes out to all the thirsty lesbians reading this blog. If it's popular then I'll do more of these posts (but with different subject matter).
Let's start off with some William O'Connors.
Let's get a couple Wayne Reynolds in there, too.
I wish so badly I had a better quality copy of this image. It comes from this DM screen that Reynolds illustrated for 4E D&D:
Anthony Foti did a couple more illustrations of that same fighter:
But you really can't beat the original version by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (one of the big Pre-Raphaelites and a poet to boot. Although it was his sister Christina who wrote Goblin Market so she forever beats him at that).
What's that? You want more art of Joan of Arc? I'm glad you asked!
|Credit: Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres. Simple and elegant execution of "armor + dress" for the woman warrior look|
|Credit: August Gustav Lasinsky. Also features some excellent-looking NPCs.|
|Credit: Henry Scheffer. Every paladin and cleric should aspire to replicate this scene.|
|Credit: John Everett Millais|
|Credit: Paul de La Boulaye. And then there's the weird one without armor, dressed and armed like she was born 200 years later. I like a good unarmored fighter, sometimes.|
If that somehow wasn't enough for you, Wiki has plenty more. Oh, and here's a period painting of Isabella, the She-Wolf of France in an armored dress. Her story is ridiculous, and you should go read about it.
Did I mention there'd be photography as well? Because there'll be lots. I'll credit the models in each pic.
|Dame Archer. No fighter has ever made a medium armor build look so good. Why don't more fighters have a gorget like that?|
|LARPer who goes by "Shield Maiden"|
|Shersten the Golden. Why doesn't your Oath of the Ancients paladin look like this?|
|Vidrig on Tumblr|
|Model unknown. Best I could dig up was that this was from Tewkesbury Medieval Festival in 2010. Photo by Paul Saunders.|
ArmStreet, a company that makes nice-looking LARP armor (but low-quality and not terribly accurate, as many reenactors will gladly tell you) is great at advertising:
And here's one specific model, Virginia Hankins, who just has such an iconic look.
And a few more from the world of music:
|Janelle Monáe evoking Joan of Arc counts.|
|Naturally my girl is in here, too|
Alright alright that was getting a bit indulgent. We can return to inspirational illustrations. Here's some miscellaneous artists:
|Credit: Vicky Leta|
|Credit: happyim0v0 on DeviantArt|
I fucking love that skeleton in the bottom left just simping (respectfully)
|Credit: Tony DiTerlizzi, duh.|
|Credit: Lucas Cranach the Elder|
|Credit: Walter Crane. This is an illustration of the fairy tale "Princess Belle-Etoile" and just based on my knowledge of the story, I honestly can't tell who is meant to be who here. But my best guess is that the one in armor is the Princess and the other one is the Prince, oddly enough.|
|Credit: Frank C. Papé|
|Credit: Caitlyn Kurilich|
|Credit: Eonsoo No|
Have a few more fantasy ones:
|Best credit I could find is "Grafit Studio"|
|Credit: MaximumMiniatures on DeviantArt|
|Credit: Sibylline Meynet|
Some people are into Amazons. That's cool and all, but I'm a valkyrie guy:
|Protagonist of an old Namco arcade game called Valkyrie no Densetsu. I can't figure out who the artist was for this particular illustration of her.|
And of course we need a couple from Frida Bergholtz:
Finally, I'll close this out with an incredible trio by Sara Kipin:
Happy 100th blog post, Knight at the Opera.