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Beholder Concept by MichaelJaecks Beholder Concept by MichaelJaecks
This is some concept art I did for an update of the Dungeons and Dragons monster, the Beholder. Each eye/eyestalk is different because each spell it casts is different.

Personal piece for my portfolio. Beholders are trademarked characters of Wizards of the Coast.
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Geradness Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2017
Jesus, this looks like some sort of Startouched Beholder variant. Scary as hell.
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drartinrainbow Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool
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Wynet Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It looks more like a Magician Beholder, ya know, those Beholder who in seek of more magic power, got blind by the central eye in exchange of more power.
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afega2000 Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
THE OLD CLASSIC NEVER IS OLDER. XD
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schizoknight12 Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2013
This beholder looks a bit too glam like he just ate all of Hollywood. What's with its sneer? Is it listening to Billy Idol? Or maybe it ate him.
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Jackoman Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
EYE SEE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE THERE.
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2013
;)
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efawjedi Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2013
The Most Awesome looking Beholder I've ever seen and I've been playing D&D since 1985!
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2013
Thank you! 1985? That's really saying something. I really appreciate the perspective, having possibly thrown the d20 around in the early 80s myself once or twice. Thank you again, this makes my day. :)
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MindoftheMasons Featured By Owner May 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey Michael, I told ya I would send you a link of my rendition of the Beholder so here is be :D

[link]

I wasn't planning on making him purple mainly because I didn't want to completely reference your art...but browns weren't really cutting hit for me and I don't recall reading about green beholders ssoooo Purple it was. I did recall a purple beholder in Dark Alliance and then also in Dungeons & Dragons the movie so that made me feel a bit better with the color choice :P

Anyways, critiques are always nice and I know that if someone was using my stuff as a reference I would want to see what they did with it. Good or bad haha.
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner May 20, 2012
Wow! That's cool! Purple is, I think, the original color scheme for beholders dating waaaaay back to the 70s. Most contemporary illustrations have them more in the brown range, but I like the nod back to the origins. Very nice job! Thanks for sharing.
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MindoftheMasons Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks man and thank you for the bit of info there. Cool to know Purple was the right choice :D
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MindoftheMasons Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably on my my favorite Beholder creations on the web! What I love the most about it, is that you truly have different eyes for each stalk. Sticking to the true D&D lore of different "Rays" each eye has. I have to add, that center eye is AWESOME! Expression on this dude I think just sets the bar even higher for me too, haha. Great work!

I plan to reference this with my up and comping sculpt for a contest I am entering. Kidrobot normally has an annual MUNNYWORLD contest for custom works of art using their DIY vinyl canvas toys. I've been wanting to sculpt a beholder for a while now and had a good idea of what I wanted to do, but this beastie has given me more inspiration to actually follow through with it this year :D

Cowabuga Dude :horns:
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012
Thanks very much! I am happy to hear you like it so well. Good luck with the Kidrobot contest. :)
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MindoftheMasons Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you and you're welcome! I'll have to toss ya a link when the Beholder is finished...not that it will probably look like what you got. I'm a Plan B kind of guy, go into a project with Plan A and always walk out of it going with Plan B. If that makes sense haha.
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haka21 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2009
This is phenominal! Absoulutely pure malevolent power! This has to be one of the best beholders I've ever... um, beheld.
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009
Hey thank you! I love the critters. I wan't to do more of them, different types.
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wynnter89 Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
that is incredible !
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2009
thanks very kindly!
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mr-nick Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
really nice. Quite well defined already. I always find purple a difficult colour to do without the beastie looking like a Pokémon, i'll probably steal your palette for a practice piece.

cheers,

Nick
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Please do! You know... I work these first in black and white and then use a technique where I colorize the masked creature layer, make a new layer set to 'soft light' and paint bucket in a complimentary color for the 'shadow' areas. You have to tweak both layers until you get a dichromatic mix for light and shadow you like. From there you can modify the saturation of different planes either with the sponge tool or a 'saturation' layer, shifting from more to less in the appropriate areas. That's sort of where I start the coloring process a lot of the time. From there you will continue to overpaint as needed with 'normal' or other blend layers, but that original dichromatic scheme really sets up structure to help keep the colors harmonized and reigned in. No Pokemon need apply!
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mr-nick Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
thanks for the indepth advice mate. I guess i am still stuck in my traditional painting ways. I need to open up to the full benefits of painting digital.

cheers!

nick
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ScottPurdy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009   Digital Artist
Is he blowing me a kiss? Dirty geet!
I love this mate, as you know :)
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Cheers! Yeah babe. A kiss. Technically, this is a self portrait. And one of those eyestalks ISN'T an eyestalk. ;P
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ScottPurdy Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009   Digital Artist
Oh, it's a nose! Ok ;)
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Do you really need ME to remind YOU about the meaning behind large noses?

I think not.
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ScottPurdy Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009   Digital Artist
You know I forgot to mention that you should be posting these over at Creature Spot, too.
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009
Oh god you're right. See? Single Borg interface. It's too easy to forget one. ERS, Creature Spot, Epilogue, ImagineFX, Facebook, Blog... it just goes on and on. Forever. There's always some new great way to network.
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ScottPurdy Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009   Digital Artist
I agree! I shall now shutteth my mouth! :D
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ScottPurdy Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009   Digital Artist
I know not what ye mean....... perv!
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M0AI Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Nice one! I love the jagged cheekbones and the variety in the eyes.
Beholders are indeed one of the coolest D&D monsters. I remember having a book about them, once. They have a very fully-imagined psychology, as far as fictional races go.
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
Hey! Yeah, thank you kindly sir.

Beholders and Mind Flayers are always my fave, and they do have weirdly fleshed out psychologies... and variance between different 'breeds' of each. Which book about beholders did you have? I might try to find a copy...
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M0AI Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This'n is the book I had: [link]
I had a veritable library of D&D monster books as a kid. I had this Beholder book, about a dozen Monstrous Compendiums, a Monstrous Manual, and even a couple of the old first addition monster manuals such as this one: [link] . Funnily, even though I was such an avid collector of D&D monster books, I never actually played the game until years later.
I loved those books. I wonder what happened to them.
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Ooooh. Nice. I,Tyrant, that's a great title. Maybe I can find a cheap one used on eBay, but I gotta see that.

Have you seen the hardcover book Lord's of Madness from 2005? It's got great chapters on all the freakiest 'abberation' type monsters. Mind Flayers, Beholders, Grells. Any of the real freaky evils. It approaches the subject sort of as you described... like anthropology... discussing culture, motives, goals, psychology... along with mutated new breeds of the different overall types. I pick it up and read different sections for inspiration all the time.
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M0AI Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
I haven't seen that book! I'll keep an eye out for it the next time I find myself in a booky place.
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Great beholder, love tis guy, very evil and sinister, something easily lost when drawing them.
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
You know... I gotta say, and you probably know this already... cyclopses are HARD to make look 'un-dorky'... you know what I mean? A cyclops always looks stupid. You gotta give them a really hard asymmetrical sneer to get any evil emotion out of them.

Thank you very kindly for the compliment. It is much appreciated and coming from someone I admire so, only makes me want to work harder. Thanks man. You made my day.
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
nah I didn't make your day...the earth spinning on it's axis bringing your part of the world out of shadow into the light of the sun at the center of our solar system...that made your day ;)
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
LOL. Yeah, okay I can see your point.

Still. You know what I mean. Don't pretend like you don't. ;)
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BenWootten Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks dude, I mean to be flippant...just what I do when I get shy
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
LOL. Yer funny. Don't be shy. Just my monsters bite, not me. :)
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GhostofK Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
Jaecks, you are so right!! Beholder are pure awesomeness! Along with Ilithids, they are my absolute favourite monsters. I love the different eye stalks and the overall design. A wonderful piece!
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
Ha! You know what is funy is that I am working on both at the moment. The beholder is new and I am sort of re-detailing one of my old mind flayers. I'll repost both when they are done....

Thanks very much for the comments.
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GhostofK Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Cool, I really liked your old mind flayer and I'm excited to see your new version. ^^
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Thanks! Yeah, the skinny one is getting a small makeover. A few accessories, a bit more style, a little walkin'around money. ;)
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MichaelJaecks Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
The one I am revising is that real skinny one. I'm giving him little details, a little better fashion sense, mebbe a little walkin'around money. ;)
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GhostofK Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
Yeah, give some nice smooth cthullu style. ;) Fashion sense, like some nice slave-leather jackets? :D
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