This is what D&D orcs looked like in 1977, when David C.
Sutherland III drew them for the Advanced Dungeons & Dragons Monster
Manual. They’re a far cry from the Tolkien standard of the day, which was still
the sort of inflatable reptile/rats of the Rankin Bass adaptation of The
Hobbit (Bakshi’s unfortunately African-looking orcs in The Lord of the Rings
wouldn’t appear until ’78 and the less said about them the better; Tolkien
already put us in an awkward spot with orcs by mainly describing them as “swarthy”).
Making them pig men, with all the connotations of that animal’s behavior, makes
for a good visual metaphor. I dig it.
I also dig those door-shaped shields. I drew many a shield
like that in my elementary school notebooks.
At any rate, remember this illustration – we’re going to
revisit it (after a fashion) on Friday.
After finding some more information about the little Bearded dragons I deffo desided that I’m going to get myself 2 Rankins or Lawsons Dragons. I want to put them in a 40x20x20 inch terrarium that I can take over from a friend! so I’m very happy about that !
to bad my parents hate reptiles so I need to wait with my plans till I move out with my boyfriend! I hope I can realize my dream very soon! ‘cause I’m so excited.
If you have any tips or tricks please let me know!
‘No, he thought, if he were being honest with himself, he wanted to tackle Claire Randall’s project because he wanted to go round to Mrs. Thomas’s guesthouse and lay his results at the feet of Brianna Randall, as knights were supposed to have done with the heads of dragons"