Monster Anatomy Collection: A Natural History of the Fantastic

Christopher Stoll, professional illustrator and fantasy enthusiast, is a roleplayer and illustrator who’s running an interesting Kickstarter: An art-book bestiary that shows you the anatomy, behavior, and biological origins of famous fantasy creatures. The Kickstarter has already been funded after just 2 days!

“I grew up loving fantasy stories and pen and paper RPGs, but I never believed the creatures in them could be real. So, I set to work imagining the mechanics of these worlds and the species in them, seeking an intersection between modern science and ancient myths.” – Christopher Stoll

When we saw the samples of his A Natural History of the Fantastic it was clear this would be beneficial to just about any Dungeon Master. Particularly if the artwork was available for reuse in private campaigns like we’ve seen in other projects in the past.

So we talked to Christopher and he generously sent us an exclusive collection of artwork that all visitors of RPGBooster are free to use as they see fit! Yes, they are on a transparent background, so knock yourself out!

From A Natural History of the Fantastic by Christopher Stoll
From A Natural History of the Fantastic by Christopher Stoll
From A Natural History of the Fantastic by Christopher Stoll
From A Natural History of the Fantastic by Christopher Stoll
From A Natural History of the Fantastic by Christopher Stoll
From A Natural History of the Fantastic by Christopher Stoll
From A Natural History of the Fantastic by Christopher Stoll
From A Natural History of the Fantastic by Christopher Stoll

 

If you enjoy them; why not support his Kickstarter? It’s already funded after just two days!

“I set about building a realistic taxonomy, imaging the science of dragons and the ecosystems that hold them. After years of independent study and frantic sketching I had constructed a coherent biological history for these creatures. In a Natural History of the Fantastic fictional species inhabit into a world not unlike our own, whose geology, climate, and ecosystems are familiar and believable. This collection is an effort to add flesh and blood to beloved myths, based on modern biology and the deep history of our own world.” – Christopher Stoll

 

Here are a few more previews from the book. If you want them you’ll have to support the Kickstarter.

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About the Author:
Born in Texas in 1991, Christopher Douglas Stoll combines a realistic style of anatomy and motion with a fantastical flair. His childhood years were devoted to exploring the fundamentals of his art using crayons, pencils and watercolors, though nowadays he uses an iPad and stylus. In 2011, he moved to East Asia for the first time and enrolled in Tokyo’s Kanda University where he studied contemporary Asian art and design.

In 2013 Stoll relocated to a small village in Fukuoka Japan, where he now concentrates on illustrations and concepts that draw inspiration from both sides of the Pacific. In the same way he hopes to bridge the cultural boundaries between Japan and the West, Stoll aspires to fuse the worlds of high and low art into something wholly unique.

Combining the fantastical and the mundane into his digital creations and enticing viewers to draw upon their own experiences and emotions when viewing his art.

  • Имре Ач

    Kraken’s anatomy is terrible wrong. You can say: Hey! Kraken is fantastic monster, how can its anatomy be wrong?
    Yes, Kraken is fantastic monster, but! Its form based on form of cephalopods. This “anatomy” is similar cephalopod anatomy as I is similar elephant.