I was thinking about the new coloring books and how they are different from the ones I grew up with. The majority of the coloring books you see today are packed full of lines so the person coloring them in will have a million tiny spaces to fill. There used to by larger fields to wrestle with. You had to decide whether to color them in with one color or be adventurous and try some kind of shading or mixing.
That got me thinking about the old D&D manuals versus all the new glossy books. Ray Otus and I have talked about this a little before but I’m still struggling to understand it completely. For some reason I prefer a lot of those old B&W images when it comes to gaming.
I really admire the art in the Pathfinder, D&D and other fancy-schmancy books of today. There is no question that the artists are very skilled. In some way, I think they’ve taken away my agency. When I look at some full-color, glossy image depicting a scene I might encounter in the game, I feel like an observer. When I look at something with fewer of the details filled in for me, I find it easier to project myself into the action.
What do you think?