Couldn't really think of a post today, but then I remembered my Public Domain Art subfolder on my computer. I keep this stuff for potential use in products, as well as being a source of inspiration.
Without further ado, here are a few of my favorite pieces:
Are these simply statues from a long dead civilization, or are these perhaps living beings, giants from the underworld awaiting a call to battle?
An undead sorcerer, looking through a tome of forbidden knowledge in some forgotten crypt.
Are those simply bats? Or stirges, swooping out from beneath this underground bridge to attack the intrepid adventurer?
This piece from Journey To The Center Of The Earth gives off a vibe similar to the feelings I get when reading Patrick Stuart's Veins of the Earth.
"Ruin has come to our family. You remember our venerable house, opulent and imperial, gazing proudly from its stoic perch above the moor." -The Ancestor, Darkest Dungeon
The resulting of a summoning ritual gone horribly wrong? Or perhaps just a bogeyman, recently crawled out from beneath this gentleman's bed?
This almost seems like it is a picture taken out of Bastion, Chris McDowall's incredibly interesting campaign setting.
Death itself would make quite an interesting NPC to encounter on the road, wouldn't it?