Oct 30, 2014

Beautiful Witch

Happy Halloween!
As a fun little exercise I went through the Original D&D books to look for an Halloween themed illustration to revisit. Appropriately I found the Beautiful Witch on page 27 of Men & Magic.
Something I have been intending to do for some time is to use the old D&D illustrations as inspiration to create new 21st century versions. Just out of nostalgia, and also a good reason to force me to practice drawing. The danger in this, is of course, that nostalgia is a powerful thing and awful hard to compete with. There is a charm to that old art that you can't compete with, but to think of it as a jumping off point - something to inspire a new drawing is the intention.
And here are some stats so you can use her as an NPC in your old-school game.

Beautiful Witch
Level 8 Chaotic Magic-User
23 hp
Fighting Capability: Hero
1: (4) Detect Magic, Read Magic, Charm Person, Sleep
2: (3) Detect Invisible, Levitate, Invisibility
3: (3) Fly, Hold Person, Clairvoyance
4: (2) Polymorph Others, Confusion, Charm Monster
Armor: ring of protection 5’ radius
Weapon: dagger +1, Staff of Commanding (25 charges)
Items: Potion of Invulnerability, 30 gold pieces
Str: 9, Int: 16, Wis: 12, Dex: 14, Con: 11, Chr: 17
Saving Throws
Poison: 11
Wands: 12
Stone: 11
Breath: 14
Spells: 12


  1. One of my favorite pieces from OD&D!

  2. Brilliant idea for a series. I love it!

  3. I always wonder why there isn't more of this sort of thing. Everyone seems to reorganise and re-imagine the text, but not that many artists do what you're doing. A few do, I know, and even Jeff Dee re-did many of his old illustrations recently. But that doesn't count, his are almost identical!

    Yours is great, i hope you get a chance to do more. :-)