V Shane?s Arcane Publisher?s Edition 8 ? Monsters provides a collection of 32 monster illustrations, they all look to good label them ?clip art?. Each is done in a crisp line art style, mostly featuring solid shading, with minor stippling or cross-hatching to illuminate details. None of the illustrations includes a background, making it relatively easy to place the creature against a custom background. As is mentioned in the PDF included with the files, each is provided as 300dpi B&W Tiff files, the pictures can be colored rather easily in a good bitmap painting program. A coloring example is provided in the PDF as well.
There are 20 traditional fantasy monsters included, as well as 12 original monsters, so unique that they haven?t yet been named, referred to simply by a number. The traditional fantasy monsters are:
Bugbear (a more humanoid looking interpretation)
Ogre (Hard to tell if he is giantish, or maybe it is just the ridiculously large club he has)
Orc (A very burly one with a huge axe)
Spider (a large seeming one)
Troll (a taller, thinner looking version, you expect it to speak with a Jamaican accent.)
Worg (a rather fearsome looking one)
Zombie (a rather decrepit looking one)
The 12 unique monsters are evenly split between ones that would look more at home in an SF setting and those that might pop up in a fantasy setting. The one snake torsoed, claw-handed female one with the burning skull would make a believable demon or malevolent spirit. There are 2 rock-like creatures, a humanoid one, and a 4 legged splayed rock beast. There are a couple of ?aberration? type creatures that would make exotic aliens or chaos beasties. Overall all of these creatures should spark your imagination as you come up with a 1000 words to fit each picture.
Thus, with 32 well drawn, professional quality, ready to use pieces this collection would serve anyone needing some monster or creature illustrations, either a publisher wanting to add quality illustrations to his product, or a GM wanting to engage players imaginations.
LIKED: High quality of illustrations, unique interpretations of classic fantasy creatures.
DISLIKED: Many of the original creatures are more sci-fi than fantasy in feel.