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A group of kobolds, little dragon-like monsters from D&D, gather in a corner of their warren to chew the fat. I was commissioned by Kenzer to create the feel that all of the kobolds were from different castes or classes. What do you think? Pencil and Photoshop CS. For Kenzer & Co.
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Given 2005-05-27
I love pictures that tell a story, especially when they're as imaginative and skillfully crafted as Kobold Conversation by ~innerabove. I wonder what these little guys are up to? ( Featured by silentkitty )
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NIELSPETERDEJONG Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2015
They look really cute ^^
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jaknife79 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014
Kobold Map-carrier: "I'm telling you guys, if we dig our way into the sewers we'll have direct access to all of the taverns in the South corridor, we can raid all of them at the same time."
Kobold Mage: "This is a great plan... we should seriously do this."

Beautiful job on the kobolds! You did the best job I've seen of showing how they have an amazing level of community
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calebcleveland Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you so much! The book this illustration was for portrayed them as having this complex little social system - I tried to portray it here. Glad you like it!
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shadowstein Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this only kobold picture I can find on deviant art that shows kobolds mining. sad.
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calebcleveland Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Everyone else on here is a fraud.
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yik-kobold Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Kobolds are my favorite species, It is nice too see them in a situation that doesn't refer to their use as cannon-fodder.
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Laqualassiel Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
kobolds are really easy to kill... one of my party chopped about fourteen, all of them, down by herself at level 4 without losing even half her health.
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calebcleveland Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Please, won't someone think of the kobolds?
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Laqualassiel Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
not when they are trying to kill you.
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Mr-ShineSpark Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nice those kobolds really pop!
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Quen-lor Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2010
Awesome job! Really special! Cheers!
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ManaSpark Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
Koooobloood So, did you see the new girl from block c? Kooboooold
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ManaSpark Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2010
*kooooboooold
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AngelicAdonis Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sweet! Cool poses and nice shading :)
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AstralaDreamwalker Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
This is really neat. Kobolds are really fun little dragon-lizards aren't they? The one holding the map looks like he's afraid of being blasted by some sort of vicious spell...

Awesome.
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madam-marla Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010   Digital Artist
totally cool. very expressive little faces
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WhiteWyvern Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is brilliant! I love the way they all seem so apprehensive, like they've been commissioned by some Evil Overlord to build/stock his dungeon, and they just know it's all going to end badly...
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DoomedPaladin Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
I e-mailed a copy of this pic to the editor-in-chief of Kobold Quarterly magazine. ( [link] ) It's the heir apparent to the D&D Dragon Magazine's legacy. He was very impressed and asked if I would do commision work.

After I told him that I didn't do it I sent him a link to this page. If you DO do commissons be sure to let him know.
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calebcleveland Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
You are far, far too kind. Thanks very much.
Remind me to hire you as my agent.
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DoomedPaladin Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2010  Hobbyist Artist
wolfgang@koboldquarterlerly.com

I'm sure he'd find plenty of use for your kobold picture, if you're willing.
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treeingwalkercoonhou Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009   Photographer
as the kobolds discussed the location of the source of all life, magick, and the power of gods, a human fighter camer in and busted all their sulls open with a greatsword. he later spent their works of great culture and sciences on women and more beer.((nice work!))
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calebcleveland Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Dude, have you seen the loot kobolds carry? More like he spent their "works" on a handie behind the blacksmith and a half-pint of Diet Mead.
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AstralaDreamwalker Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2010
You have that right. Although, if you can get the kobolds to talk to YOU, the interesting ... conversations... that follow make up for the lack of loot.
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Duskwalker126 Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2009
Kobolds have always been my favorite D&D creature. I love this pic. Well done.
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AramilBrent Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2008
Amazing art. I particularly like the design of the Guard's helmet. You bring the joy of the scaly little ankle biters to life.
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calebcleveland Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Yay! Thank you very much!
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I3rigand Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
Very good, I sure as hell couldn't do anything that good
Kobolds are awesome, I love the way you did them, I could swear the Shaman-esque Kobold in the middle had a beard
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Raven-Silver-Dagger Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2008
:rofl: my husband plays a Kobold Monk in our DnD campaign with a strength of 20!! :lmao: good work ^^
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dragonsdale Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007   Traditional Artist
I love kobolds! i love this pic! im gonna marry this pic!
or at elast favv it.
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Paul07791 Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2007
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation... I don't think these guys made it into the cartoon did they, though there are similar looking guys. Sorry my knowledge of D and D is insulting at best :D
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celestialenigma Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2007
This is very well drawn. I never often see pictures drawn of a D&D style kobold (being non-furry and reptile). But you did a good job of making each kobold look like the different classes. I especially like the creepy looking one with it's head peeking over the map :D
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Ipnorospo Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
most impressive!
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Gottalaughoripop Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2007   Photographer
I adore this picture. :worship:
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calebcleveland Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007  Professional Digital Artist
Awww. Thank you!
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Gottalaughoripop Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2007   Photographer
Your welcome. :aww:
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botchiball Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2007
haha, thats helarious and awesome! great work : ).
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Sirithiliel Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2006
i say wonderful job on them. great composition and everything. one question, may i draw the one on the far left, and the wizard looking one, if i credit them to you? i wanted to compose a pic of a duo of kobolds a friend is running, and was having a hard time thinking of the stances to draw them in. anyways, beautiful job on them.
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calebcleveland Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
I always welcome other interpretations - just promise me you'll post your finished drawing! I'd love to check it out. =)
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Sirithiliel Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2006
oh i will. i'm playing a kobold in a epic lvl campaign, see. and i get bonus xp for drawing my character...buuuuuttt i can't seem to draw one on my own, so i was going to combine a face from one of yours to the the body of another, mix it up and have my guy. :) i'll link back to you when i'm done, eh? thanks a bunch!
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PatheticLifeForm Featured By Owner May 7, 2006   Filmographer
<3
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Reigen Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2006
Nice work...
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calebcleveland Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks!
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Kid-Kobold Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2005
Wow! that is incredible! I think they're telling each other the latest dumb gnome jokes. That is truely supurb!
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mochajava98 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2005
amazing artwork...love the gallery too
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calebcleveland Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
Why, thank you!
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kitton Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Its a funny comment: but my favourite part might even be the textures in the background! The rocks were rendered so well! I really adore all of the details on the characters! Also, its really cool that you properly utilized the entire range of shades. Too many B&W works are very high-keyed :3
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ellizjum Featured By Owner May 28, 2005  Professional Digital Artist
kobolds, kobolds... hate them XD I had few bad experiances with them.... Y___Y
great pic :) the was the last time that I worked with pencil...? I don't remember :<
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JOFX Featured By Owner May 28, 2005  Professional Artist
amazing!. arent they in neverwinter nigths too?
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crossroad Featured By Owner May 27, 2005
master piece!
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foxce28 Featured By Owner May 27, 2005
absolutly awesome!
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