Recently I’ve worked on several wizards. When I think of the archetype of the wizard I’m always trying to approach it in a way that is interesting to me personally and not a rehash of a bored stereotype. The most intriguing wizards in my opinion are those of Clark Ashton Smith and Jake Vance novels, not to mention those referenced on various doom metal and Black Sabbath albums. They are mysterious , dark, and often indefinably beyond human. They also happen to be the only one of the four iconic classes from the classic role playing game that doesn’t directly translate to an occupation in reality. Are they artists or scientists, or something entirely different ? As long as they are strange outsiders, they remain interesting to me.
Included in this post are the sketch and final ink of an illustration (above) , showing the corruption involved in the pursuit of magic over a lifetime. This is a key aspect of the Dungeon Crawl Classics Role Playing game scheduled for release in Feb. 2012.
Following these, are the initial inking of the art to appear on he spine of the DCC RPG (above) and finally (below) a wizard inspired one night by a discarded sketch for the above corruption illustration and a pure indulgence into the ink used for the spine art. Although the bottle of Higgins Ink is labeled “brown” you can see the true color is not exactly so uninspiring. I’m not sure why this is, but I’m happy with the resulting art.
…………and here are a few more spellcaster/wizard related images from the archives: