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Drider by Ironshod Drider by Ironshod
Here is another painting that I did for the 4th edition of Dungeons and Dragons. This one was an illustration for the Monster Manual. The creature is called a Drider, which is kind of a cross between a dark elf and a giant spider.

This was a really cool subject to paint :) although I wouldn't like to meet one of these creatures!

© Wizards of the Coast
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RavensIrishGirl Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2015
Ok creepy. :/
hayes5247 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2015
nice job
Banarok Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2015
this drider is awesome in pretty much every way until you overthink things, like that sword is far to short to actually hit anything since her legs will be in the way.

still this picture is awesome!
halogirl237 Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Great Lolth!
Ziinahven Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Driders are awesome.

Also, I realized only a little while ago that they're names are a combination of Drow and Spider. I felt stupid when I realized it, lol.
DungeonsAndDragonsDM Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
I'm actually designing the deity Lolth for combat in a campaign now, and this is pretty much how I picture her, except more emotionally in control at all times
HighPriestSatanis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014
That's a wonderful Drider!
Gniffies Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist

So beautiful.

I would like your permission to make a sculpture of
this beautiful creation of yours the Drider.

Of course I will put your name there, in my text.
With reference to you Drider.

ZOzoZelzo Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
schizoknight12 Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2013
I love this one's aggressive posture and expression. I see a little panic in her eyes. It's as if Drizz't himself trespassed onto her layer and she is both pissed and afraid of her own annihilation. The arachnid features are near flawless as if you took them from a black widow spider. You even threw in the pedipalps which is what most of the drider drawings lack.
Agacora Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
Well this is absoulutely terrifying!
VeRychard Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2012
no sh*t, I did not know you were responsible for this awesome painting too!!! it's awesome, and fits the universe totally. all my respect
Gragertin Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2012
note to self: threaten people to join a D&D Next group, get a couple hundred dollars, pay Chris Perkins, learn how to play D&D Next
Nibiru132 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Reminds me of Neverwinter Night - Hordes of Underdark :D
thedragonb0y Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
Roll for sp-OLY SHIT!
blackdragonflower Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2012  Student General Artist
This is a very intimidating picture to look at. I like it!
IceQueenAzure Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Looks like what I imagined the Spider Queen to look like in the Dark Elf Trilogy of the Forgotten Realms series.
Amber-jane-1522 Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Me to
Neocasko Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Looks awesome. Black is beautiful AND scary! :D
Dawnfad Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
XD ya its true you would die more thin likely i play D&D and i had to kill sume of them but my dude was evill and twisted so i teamd up with the bad guys and killed all my friends dudes XD
ZiiZii-RocK Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:wow: :wow: :wow:
yzkethrag Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Stholm Featured By Owner Oct 26, 2012
Burn the spider goddess and all their bitch priestesses!
Riddles-FantasyMagic Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
Wow.. that is so cool. I remember seeing that picture in the Monster Manual book =3
PandaProjectile Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Student General Artist
*shudders* why the crap did I click on this. Good painting but I can't look at it for long *is scared of spiders >.>*
JemimaAslana Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2011
Awesome picture. Looks terrific. Captures a great deal of emotion.

Just a couple of nitpickings: 1. Driders are male. Being turned into a drider is the punishment a priestess of Lloth (always female) can exact on a sacrilegous male. 2. Driders are always described as having bloated torsos. Whatever might be said about this particular drider, bloated does not come to mind.
theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
There is/was female driders in ADD7D at least.. clerics... I think
Sarren-Kiri Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
I've always been confused though. Why would becoming a Drider be seen as a punishment. Spiders are symbols of Lloth so it seems backwards that becoming part spider would be seen as a punishment when it makes you closer to your goddess.
JemimaAslana Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2011
Ah, but they mostly lose their sense of self, become slaves to primal instincts and the goddess' whims. Every time a drider is described as having any kind of personality left, it's usually as an exception to the rule. They live miserable lives.

For males it is not an honour to become one with the symbol of Lloth, for males are not meant to enjoy such honour in that world-view. One might argue that all drow are already slaves to Lloth's whims, but nonetheless the punishment of becoming a drider also represents a loss of self and literally becoming Lloth's creature and losing one's free will.

That's how I made sense of it being a punishment anyway.
theubbergeek2 Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2011
depend on the world - GH and FR drows are similar, but not identical..
carcaliusca Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
trapped in own spider silk.LOL
serenajubilee Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2011
Meep. Freaky...but strangley awesome at the same time...
Zireael07 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I like this drider!
NogiSeung Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2011
This is kick-ass,
Skippy-the-Demon Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Professional Writer
Freaking awesome! :D
DHBW Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011
auuugh! need more bug spray, and a fast mount, and a wand of local nuking, ...or just wake up...
GothicatIceRomancer Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2011
And once again, here comes a bloody drider! You'd think since my drow was born on the surface, he would never see them, but nay!

This is an excellent piece. I get a real sense of battle, as if I am about to face this monster head on! Great work, mate.
kloe-oki Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011
ok all i have to say is cool but ewww
Gaaras-my-Hubbie Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
i would NOT want to come across this o-o
summerbabe65 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
awesome again! btw when i looked at it, at first i thought it was an eye... what do u think?
LadyVampofDarkness Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2011
very nice!
Mortalcoil11 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
I really enjoy how you make your scenes come alive. I especially feel it in the drider, I can look at this and imagine the fear of facing something like it as opposed to "this is a nice picture". Well done.
Duck91 Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010
Fierce! new background for my computer :P
Moral-Man Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Pretty hot ;)
Hope she doesn't eat me afterwards.
The-Myster-Man Featured By Owner Sep 13, 2010
You know. I think she's angry.
proudrainbow Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
was this character inspired by Lolth? i love it its amazing
farawayforest Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2010
Bluecitrin Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010
Alright, I must really check for sure, if I am in your watcherlist yet.

This Background is only amazing!! How did you do these skulls????

Ok do not understand me wrong, your spiderlady is also cool, especially, her expression and her legs (how on earth did you do such realistic, scary spider legs...) I am only a big landscape fan.

Nice work
Jerhaia-Tsukikitsune Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very well done, I like the details...although I dont like spiders very much xD
*favs* ^^
KRONOS94 Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
thats good aswell...
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