One of the founders of our hobby and one of the most unsung contributors to Dungeons & Dragons, Len Lakofka has passed away at the age of 76.
Along with the many adventures, classes, spells, and rules he created, Len was also father of the Suel in Greyhawk, designer of their gods, and namesake of the Lendore Isles.
The value of his work goes without saying, but his presence will be sorely missed. The adventures of Leomund go on.
Well ... Unemployed Bullywug, you're absolutely right. I did.
I'll be really, really honest here, folks. The lack of art on them is due, in part, to me. I was asked to do the art for the article, and had been working with the editor on the project, and when I was doing the art, I'd posted some initial sketches, and sent them to him for feedback, and he simply never got back to me.
We all know that the OJ isn't really producing right now, and it was this issue (#26) that was its swan-song, at the time. I'm really hoping that I may be able to pull some strings and at least protect the OJ from being lost.
At any rate, if you'd like to see the initial sketches that were submitted for the article (before any final rendering had been done), you can find them here, in my personal thread, The Artwork of Icarus. Take a look, and I hope that these are at least a little consolation for what you're looking for. Sorry that the artwork wasn't ever finished. Be sure to scroll down another post or two, there's a larger version of it posted.
Very nice. I like the very blocky knuckles you gave him, and the bracers and torcs, too. ... and that's an interesting face, too. I'm intrigued that you went with armor carved into the "statue". I'm a little curious what made you decide to go with that type of armor ... it sort of looks almost Mongolian, or Chinese ...
Kind of flattered that you mimicked the kilt and belt design from my sketch. :)
Oh, and yeah ... I don't know why Greg Vaughan put in a square hat. Maybe I'll see him again at PaizoCon this year, and I'll get to ask him. He's a great author. I loved his "Shadows of-" and "Wrath of the Abyss" adventures in Dungeon Magazine (set in Sterich).
I'm a little curious what made you decide to go with that type of armor ... it sort of looks almost Mongolian, or Chinese ...
My original sketch did not have an armored look, and he wound up looking like a sumo-wrestler because he was so bulky. It wasn't a bad look, but he looked strictly like a grappler... and that's not the direction I wanted to go.
In Mortellan's version of the golem, to me, it appeared to me that he had little squares on his body. I thought it looked a little like armor. Then I saw some pictures of real terra-cotta soldiers:
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