Saturday, October 3, 2020

Artist Spotlight: Denis McCarthy


I've featured Denis's work in my own adventures several times, including the fantastic cover for issue #9 of The Manor, picture above. His work can be found in nearly a 100 publications on DriveThruRPG, including several issues of Gabor Lux's Echoes from Fomulhaut and Castle Xyntillan, Erik Tenka'r's Swords & Wizardy Continual Light ruleset, Greg Saunders's Warlock products, and John M Stater's Blood & Treasure. That's just a few.

His artwork has the look and feel of the old-school aesthetic I love to see. In short, he draws fun pictures. And the reason hos work is found in so many places. 

He's got a fantastic range of work, but I think what he does best is capture the personality of the characters he draws. I've used this bartender several times because he now become "when I imagine what my bartender looks like" model. I use a lot of Denis's portraits for my NPCs. 
Does he do monsters? Check. He's got a variety of beasties on his digital store. 

Dungeon scenes. Check.
Random items and minutia. Check. 

You can get a lot of pieces from Denis on a budget. His prices range from $1.49 to $5. One of the products I'd like to point you to is his Stock Fantasy Character Art 2. You get a dozen images of adventures/NPCs at your disposal for only $4.99. 

Denis is always creating. He has a Patreon I've pledge to since the beginning and he's always got something great going on there. Below are the links where you can find more information about Denis and his fantastic artwork. Please consider backing his Patreon or pursuing his work on DriveThruRPG. 

Oh, and did I mention, he's probably one of the nicest people you'll meet. I've only had great experiences when I work with Denis. 


  1. Denis is the man! His style is very close to how I imagine D&D settings with my mind's eye. It is art with a strong human touch.

    Coincidentally, that cover for The Manor was the illustration that first made me contact him.

    1. That's fantastic. Glad you two connected and created some wonderful things.