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Feb Draw a Day 24 by will-Ruzicka Feb Draw a Day 24 by will-Ruzicka
This time it's Dungeons and Dragons... and though they never seemed to spend much time in any dungeons, I thought I might try and make this one look like it... I imagine they're possibly facing a dragon or two in the piece here.

Except for the amazon girl, I tried to keep them in character, down to the mage always pulling out odd and unwanted things at the wrong time, the shield guy using someone else as a shield, thief being kind of useless because that was her role in the show, hero guy being all hero-y and the barbarian snot rushing off without thinking. I don't think the amazon girl ever used her staff as a nyoibo, though.

I actually really liked this show, and would totally love to work on a reboot. Not sure about that whole Dungeons and Dragons carnival ride though...
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herebewonder Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Dang. I would love to see a reboot done this way. Excellent!
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Heh... A reboot of that show could be really cool, I agree.
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vocaltaffy Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Yes. I would watch every episode! Only I'd hope they'd develop the 8 unwritten premises into post-Requiem episodes.
I have written 2 of them into full stories, which you can find here Day of the Dragons by j3px  Janapurna and the Stallions of Hokar by j3px
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Gyaldhart Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome, thanks!
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Gyaldhart Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Your artwork is amazing! Would you allow me to post your artworks on my FB fanpage Into the Lifestream? Of course, I would credit you and provide links to your DA profile page :) (Smile)
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Sure. If credited I don't mind at all.
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LegendarySidekick Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Memories... and yeah, the roller coaster wasn't needed.

I love the cowardly knight's expression! I'm playing D&D for the first time in my life (play-by-post) and we actually had a knight ducking behind a table during an encounter that almost got party members killed.
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ogrebear Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013
Great work!
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:iconwill-ruzicka:
will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks!
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fredvegerano Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is a amazing piece of work!
I love D&D cartoon...I am a fan since memorable times!Love the expression of Presto, always taking things out and wrong from his hat!
How I love to see the final episode entitled "Requiem"finished...my favorite episode are "The dragon's graveyard"and "the Box",In the box they finally gets home...but just for a short time!
This serie was awesome,full of action and great characters!
Your pic is terrific,well done and fantastic!!!Keep it up!!:clap:
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thank you! I'm glad you like it. You seem to be a bigger fan of the show than I am, too! = )
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fredvegerano Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Heee,heee!You're very welcome and yes,100% fan of the show!!!!
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Versipelles Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
In the original concept for the show, the kids started out playing D&D in an abandoned theater...

Awesome pic. I love how you manage a sort of frieze of all the characters, while still making their poses dynamic. Well done. I must admit, I am a bit alarmed at Diana's Rob Liefeld-ish thighs, particularly the left one; I'd be inclined to transfer a bit of that flesh to Bobby's legs and maybe to Hank's calves. But that's a minor cavil in a picture that is both exciting and very expressive of the characters. So, again, well done.
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Man... I felt good about your comment until you compared me to Leifeld. I'll just go sit in the corner and weep now.

I figured she was the the strong one, so I would exaggerate it or something. As for starting the show with them actually PLAYING the game... would have made more sense to me. Even as a kid I wondered about that.
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Versipelles Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah, well, maybe a Liefeld reference was a bit below the belt—but then, so are her thighs, eh? Seriously, your posing and composition are so strong that you just don’t need to exaggerate the anatomy. And it is only a minor fault in an extremely effective picture.

Yeah, it’s funny that the game was back-pedaled to an extent in the cartoon. I’ve seen old gamers who have complained “That old kid’s cartoon was nothing like the game!” On the other hand, I know fans of the cartoon who were glad that there was no more of that geeky game in it. Considering that so many cartoons back then were being denounced as “thirty-minute toy commercials,” I suspect the guys at TSR, Marvel, and CBS were trying to tone down the game aspects of the show—which principally show up in the monster designs, many of which come right out of the game’s sourcebooks, especially the first Monster Manual and the Fiend Folio.

Anyway, keep up the good work. We need more good action-adventure artists out there!
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Wasn't there also a sort of demonization of D&D back in the 80's? Like parents and media thought it was a bad influence or something. Basically what comic books went through back in the 50's/60's and what videogames have been going through today?
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Versipelles Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I was nineteen in 1983, and I honestly don’t recall there being any major demonization of Dungeons & Dragons the cartoon. The game was criticized a lot. There were a few fundamentalists of the Jack Chick variety that said it led to Satanism (as they say the same of Halloween and even “Satan Claus”), but the main opposition came from psychologists and sociologists who said it fostered violence and detachment from reality. Hence media controversies like the one arising from the disappearance a college student, wrongfully attributed to live-action rôle-playing of a D&D campaign, and movies like Mazes and Monsters (“Mazes and Monsters is a far-out game”).

I agree, it was like the whole Seduction of the Innocent controversy of the ’Fifties regarding comic books (especially horror comics). On the other hand, I don’t think gaming was nearly as drastically affected by media advocacy as the comic book industry was. Its problems came mainly, as I understand, from corporate mismanagement and “creative differences” among its various creators.

The cartoon did come under some fire, not for being “Satanic,” as some have alleged, but for its supposedly high level of violence and merchandising. Even then, it was less criticized than a number of other shows, such as Transformers (“the most violent show on children’s television”), He-Man, Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles, and G.I. Joe.

You hear a lot about religious fanatics having caused Dungeons & Dragons to be cancelled (I have even heard it asserted that President Reagan cancelled it at the behest of the Catholic Church (!)), but it’s just not so. Mark Evanier, who helped originate the show, stated categorically that the cause of the show’s demise was low ratings and nothing else.
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2013  Professional Filmographer
That's what I was getting at. I thought I had heard the cartoon didn't play up its connection with the game because of all the supposed Satanism. But it seems you know more about this topic than I do!

Never heard the President Reagan theory before. I would question whether a president has the power to cancel a TV show...?
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Versipelles Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, that little detail of U.S. government had escaped the Spanish Communist who advanced that theory to me. He grew quite irate when I reminded him that 1) he was not from the U.S. and 2) he was not even born at the time of the cartoon's first run. When I quoted Evanier to him, he stated, in so many words, that nothing that the show's creators could say would change his opinions. „Umso schlimmer für die Thatsachen!
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Phenometron Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013
"Dungeons & Dragons" is very underrated as a cartoon show from the '80s, yet the heroes here are portrayed quite accurately.
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I remember really liking this show. And being very frustrated that it ended before they were able to make it home.
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GStevensArt Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012
I loved this show too! An awesome rendition of the D&D heroes.
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! It was a challenge to come up with a composition with all of them in frame. o_o;;
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GStevensArt Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2012
I really like the pose that you came up with for the Acrobat Diana. Nice way of creating motion with those action lines. I just noticed the Presto the Magician was holding a pair of panties. Too funny! I guess interesting things happen when you screw up a spell. I wonder who they belong too? I would like to say Sheila but she's wearing hers!

I always loved Hank the Ranger's bow. Very cool how it seemed to shoot lightning bolts.
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StriderSyd Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012
I always did think that hat had a mind of it's own.....and a sense of humor to boot.
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I know right? You find out it's related to that hat in Harry Potter, and is just this annoying practical joker.
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emilycross889 Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012
my childhood haha
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional Filmographer
This show was awesome, right!? XD
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This show. So bangin.
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Hah hah! Yeah, I used to love it when I was a kid. ^_^
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kudoze Featured By Owner May 2, 2012
this was my favorite cartoon growing up!! just pick up the box set recently! Great JOB!!!!
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thanks! I used to love it, too! Watched a few episodes on youtube before doing this one.
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zentron Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012
Definitely the best D&Dc artwork I have seen on DevArt in a long time, excellent form & style :+fav: A piece I would certainly love to display on my D&Dc fansite!
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Yeah, go for it. Just provide a link back to my deviant art page, if you do.

And thanks!
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zentron Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012
Thanks! Links are always added for guest artists ;) I will let you know when it is up!
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Neo-Draco Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
Awesome!
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Phil-Crash-Murphy Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This show ruled man and it screamed the 80s . I hear a lot of guys wanting a reboot of it if they do I think they
sould keep it in the 80s as a sort of a homage to the era and have some jokes of the
decade in and out of it, or do you think it would work in a modern setting ?:)
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Filmographer
i dunno. i think if it were re made youd have to do enough to bring in new fans whove maybe never seen the original and were not born in the 80s, but also bring in the older crowd.

i know thats what they say they were trying to do with that new voltron, but that didnt hit the mark for me. i think if you get the right people to develop it, it could be really cool, though. either route you choose.
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Phil-Crash-Murphy Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thats true and there seems to be a real nostalgia thing going for the
80s right now and in the right hands it could work,but I think D&D was at it
heights back in the day with all the controversy that surrounded it :)
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I think part of the 80's revival right now is because guys like me who grew up in the 80's are starting to get into the animation scene and spurring on the revivals. eventually we'll get the 90's kids in the industry and we'll be remaking Exo Squad and Captain Planet.
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Phil-Crash-Murphy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha! Thats true but I think Warner bros. had the best shows in the 90s:)
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Disney had some good ones too, with Tale Spin and the like... of course they went down hill with Marsoopalami and Bonkers..
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Phil-Crash-Murphy Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah Gargoyles and Darkwing Duck were some of my favourites but I have to say Bonkers had
some real wasted potential, if they had set it in the same universe as Roger Rabbit and have it as a sort of sequel esq series and made it a little more darker humour like the movie they could have even teamed up with WB animation for characters and it would have been a real stand out show on the channel I think:)
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
those are some MAJOR things to change, my friend! XD
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comics2movies Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Please tell me you can get this as a print. My favourite show as a kid.
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
I dunno... I've never thought about the legalities of selling prints based on licensed properties. 9_9;;

But I've also kicked around the idea of putting together a small portfolio of these prints, maybe do a few more for the folio only and then sell em at cons?
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kittyexplosion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012
Heh, did the unicorn finally turn into something horrible and turn on them?
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2012  Professional Filmographer
No, they've been lost in this dungeon for weeks, and with no food, finally sacrificed the thing. 9_9

I hated that unicorn. And it totally kills me that he's voiced by MEGATRON!!! But then again, that guy has voiced just about everything.
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dgriffinxl Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
So epic!
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will-Ruzicka Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Thank you!
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