A dragonload of memorable artwork has graced the books, boxes and manuals of the Dungeons and Dragons series over the decades, and an upcoming documentary from The Nacelle Company is all about the history of D&D’s pretty pictures.
Eye of The Beholder: The Art of Dungeons & Dragons will be released in two months. Directed by Kelley Stagle and Brian Stillman (Netflix’s The Toys That Made Us), it contains more than 40 interviews with fantasy illustration superstars, all of them veterans of D&D — including Larry Elmore, Jeff Easly, Clyde Caldwell, Brom, Tony DiTerlizzi, Todd Lockwood, Erol Otus, and Margaret Weiss, as well as many luminary fans who didn’t make their fortunes in D&D, but admire it from afar.
Eye of the Beholder first screened at the Gen Con 2018 Film Festival, where it won Best Documentary and sold out three screenings. It then traveled to the Clifton Film Celebration, where it won Best Feature Documentary and a nomination for Best Overall Film.
“I’ve played Dungeons & Dragons since the early Eighties, and I’ve always been fascinated by the art. This was where I’d go to see monsters, to see magic, to see adventure. I’d spend hours flipping through the pages of the books, letting the illustrations inspire my own imagination. Today, it still inspires my imagination, and I’m so happy that Nacelle can help us share it with the world,” says Brian Stillman, one of the film’s co-directors.
“Watching Eye of the Beholder is like being teleported back in time to rap with iconic artists about what it was like working for TSR in its heyday. I’ve been lucky enough to talk to many of these artists, but even I learned new information by watching Eye Of The Beholder. This is a must see for any fan of D&D or fantasy artwork!” says Luke Gygax, Founder, Gary Con; Son of D&D Co-Creator Gary Gygax.
Eye of the Beholder: The Art of Dungeons and Dragons will premiere May 14 on just about every VOD platform you can think of: iTunes, Google, Xbox, Vimeo, Amazon, Vudu, Comcast, Cox, Spectrum, and more. No excuse not to see it!