Tuesday, June 9, 2009

More Otus Gems






This time, four from The World of Greyhawk Gazetteer and one from The Rogues Gallery.

As I've said elsewhere, Otus' work is so appealing because his characters actually look vulnerable, as if they're seconds away from being skewered or digested (if they're not already). Check out that poor schmuck with an arrow through his visor in the second image!

Of course, his line work -- always first rate -- is on parade in these pieces. The firestorm in particular is a festival of chevrons, crosshatching, and contours... how does he do it?


8 comments:

Amy said...

The better question is: How do YOU do it?

crazyred said...

Do I know you?

Amy said...

You know me in your dreams...about Ed Helms.

töff said...

This guy's been one of my faves for many years. He's like the Steve Ditko of D&D.

crazyred said...

I never made that association before, but damn if that ain't the truth! What is it about them? The gestures? the composition?

töff said...

Ditko & Otus, the most obvious common aspect of their styles, I think, are the characters' lanky limbs.

crazyred said...

Another great observation, toff my man! It's true!

Do you have a blog? This, in my opinion, would make a great essay.

töff said...

Yeh I have a blog. Or, I did, 'til I ran out of time to write it. (I have a book blog now, but that's no place for a Ditko-Otus essay.)