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Celebrate Goblin Week!

January 29, 2014

Last week was “Goblin Week”, where the mischievous monsters were celebrated by artists using all mediums and shared via Tumblr. Since I use an old-fashioned WordPress for my blog, I thought I’d share my goblin contribution here, along with some delightful dice-rolling downloads.


This feisty fella was drawn from my imagination, using minor reference where needed. Like my other re-interpretations of Dungeons & Dragons monsters, I aimed at a exaggerated, playful line style to temper the grotesque figure and gruesome image. Inking was done with Copic Fine Nib Inking Pens on Strathmore Smooth Bristol.


As I’ve listed before, I used Dover’s “Historic Costume in Pictures” as reference for the weapons and garb. I did some minor clean-up in Photoshop and set some classic text from the old AD&D Monster Manual around him…now I’ve only 100+ more drawings to go. (Click the thumbnail to download):

Goblin MM

…speaking of downloads, here’s a selection of some of my old AD&D player character sheets. Download’em, print’em and play’em!

Time to grab your twenty-sider!


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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.