Fred Fields modeled his cover art for A Paladin In Hell (1998) after a section of the classic full-page art of the same name on page 23 of the Player’s Handbook (1978), drawn by David C. Sutherland III.
Fields was far from the only artist to draw inspiration from this classic Advanced Dungeons & Dragons art. Hack & Slash blog shows a number of examples.
The two Paladins are much alike, even down to fine details.
Sutherland’s “A Paladin in Hell” is one of the few titled art pieces in early AD&D.
Sutherland’s Barbed Devil
Fields’ Barbed Devil
The Devils are quite different, though themes are retained, such as the barbed elbows, knees, and continuous barbs.
The Barbed Devil
Let’s compare Sutherland’s Barbed Devil with the illustration by another great D&D artist, David A. Trampier in the Monster Manual (1977)…
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