The Erol Otus Shrine

...I find that many Otus drawings catch my attention, and stick in my mind far longer than other early rolegame artists do. His style evokes the exotic and the macabre in a way that few other artists can match.

--Matt Stevens, “Brilliance & Dross in RPG Artwork”, Imazine #37

infravisions:

Sure, we all love Erol Otus for his drippy fungus, grotty monsters, and lanky adventurers in weird helmets. But the dude draws the hell out of this still life with magic items.

Treasure of the Slave Lords
Erol Otus
A4: In The Dungeons of the Slave Lords

oldschoolfrp:

A steamy dragon statue stands atop the stairs.  (Erol Otus from AD&D module C1: The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, TSR, 1980.)

oldschoolfrp:

A steamy dragon statue stands atop the stairs.  (Erol Otus from AD&D module C1: The Hidden Shrine of Tamoachan, TSR, 1980.)

(via dungeondelver)

itsdavesworld:

Another great second-hand find: Dave Cook’s “Dwellers of the Forbidden City” from 1981. In addition to employing several critters from the “Fiend Folio” (released that same year) Cook introduced some brand-new monsters to the “D&D” pantheon, including the Yuan-Ti and the loathsome Aboleth.
And how ‘bout that funky Erol Otus cover art featuring a life-or-death struggle against giant homicidal frogs?
I can’t slight the poor amphibious bastards; clearly they’re starving to death. Man, I haven’t seen that many prominent ribs since the last Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.
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itsdavesworld:

Another great second-hand find: Dave Cook’s “Dwellers of the Forbidden City” from 1981. In addition to employing several critters from the “Fiend Folio” (released that same year) Cook introduced some brand-new monsters to the “D&D” pantheon, including the Yuan-Ti and the loathsome Aboleth.

And how ‘bout that funky Erol Otus cover art featuring a life-or-death struggle against giant homicidal frogs?

I can’t slight the poor amphibious bastards; clearly they’re starving to death. Man, I haven’t seen that many prominent ribs since the last Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.

infravisions:

Vampire Magic-User
Erol Otus
Fiend Folio

infravisions:

Froghemoth
Erol Otus
S2: Expedition to the Barrier Peaks

infravisions:

"Khargra consider armor and weaponry a tasty meal indeed and are particularly fond of ‘eating’ metallic treasure. Khargra will leap from the wall or floor of a cavern or subterranean passage like fish leaping from water, flying as far as 10’."

Combining two classic D&D types: monsters that burst from the walls (bulettes, umber hulks, thoqqua); monsters that wreck gear and treasure (rust monsters, disenchanters, oozes).

Khargra
Erol Otus
Don Turnbull & Lawrence Schick, text
Fiend Folio

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