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Standard RPG races, Male by chief-orc Standard RPG races, Male by chief-orc
Hey guys! Long time, no upload. I'll probably be opening the shop for a few commissions in the near future, so, stand by for that if you're interested.

One thing I've been thinking about is nailing down some of the more standard D&D player races in my style. I doodle far more then I should at work, so I've been scrawling these out. I should have a female lineup soon.

I have far more thoughts on fantasy people then I should, so just ignore the following nonsense opinions.

I left out a few important ones like half-elves and gnomes, but I just don't care enough about those guys. Maybe I'll do an amendment later, but I think this lineup covers most of the essential bases of a group of fantasy people. Halflings are nimble and mischievous, dwarves are stout and sturdy, elves and graceful and aloof and half-orcs are bruisers, while humans are the base template all these races are extremes of.
I like the variety of people available in D&D, and hate less unique races like Shadar-kai and Kalashtar, that are just humans, but kind of a different color. That's lazy design! Gimme some variety, make 'dem different shapes!

I know halflings are currently portrayed as having human proportions, but, I kinda hate that. I like to take them the more "lean Hobbit" direction. Also, orcs should be green. I know WotC loves their grey orcs, but fuck all of that.

Standard female races
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ghast66665 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Great work, btw I love the way that half orc looks, but it makes me think, how does a full orc look in comparison in your style?
NikHero Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I love this!
Hyptosis Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Man, this totally makes me wanna play d&d!
shula6 Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014
I agree with everything you just said. I'm sorry, but orcs will always be green to me. Same goes for trying to make them look like were-pigs.

The extremely-near-human phenomenon was a great contributor to why I never got into The Old Republic MMO. Rodians, Ithorians, Wookies, Trandoshans, ect. Nope! If it wasn't human you couldn't just spill paint on, forget about it! They might as well had just done away with race selection and just had you given humans a big color pallet and a tab that said "features", like horns and antennae.

I love your halflings and agree that they shouldn't have humans proportions.
"Oh they wouldn't be able to swing a sword-" Don't give me that! Its a halfling sword, its specialized armor. Don't tell me NOW your suspension of disbelief is gone.

Great things about Everquest 2. You wanted your Fairy decked out in full plate armor, swinging a battle-axe while still hovering in the air on butterfly wings, you got it.
ogrebear Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014
Good looking races there!

Esp like the Half-Orc- nice tusks. Though at my gaming table that would be an Orc as I prefer no half breeds.
Gotetsu005 Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always figured Gnomes came from Dwarfs who realized that Halflings are better cooks than dwarf women.

And I still want to make a lot of money so I can hire you to illustrate my Orc RPG.  :)
chief-orc Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2013
I would play the hell out of an orc RPG ;)
plober Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2013

Loved the pictures!

As a Pathfinder Partisan, I'd like to point out that the Pathfinder Companionpaints a way more intresting picture for gnomes than for halflings ("Gnomes of Golarion" & "Halflings of Golarion").
That aside the changes in the crunch side of both races.

Keep on the good work :)

candeldandel Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Eletj Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013
Yes, Orcs should always be green.

Side note: I love it when you pump out DnD stuff :D
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