Subterranean Kobold (Cobalus gygaxius),
Colored pencil and acryla gouache on Bristol board
Collection of the artist
The funny thing is, is that kobolds in Dungeons and Dragons are really nothing like the kobolds of folklore. They’re kind of … they’re a creature unto their own and they’re very lowly, they’re very small creatures. They’re very easy to defeat and so I wanted to kind of paint this very austere, proud kobold. If you look, actually the point of view in this painting is a little lower and you’re looking up a little bit at this ugly monster. The funny thing is kobolds are I think two or three feet tall. I referenced all kinds of things. Every aspect of the painting was referenced.
I looked at all these photos of ugly dog shows and the winners of ugly dog shows to reference the kobold’s face. I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this but I wore my wife’s nightgown with a belt tied around me and the reference for the tunic and how the tunic would look so there’s some very embarrassing photos of me from that photo session.