The Mingerlith

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John Beckwith

Heather is a friend of mine from college who still keeps in touch. She agreed to model for this pencil sketch in the mid-1990s, and I based her pose off the watercolor marilith entry by Tony Diterlizzi in the Planescape Monstrous Compendium I. The title for my illustration is a combination of the name of this female D&D monster and the model's maiden name: Heather Minger. I've always liked the way this illustration turned out, and the funniest part about its creation was the way all six of the marilith's arms ended up geting drawn into different positions. Heather's arms inevitably got too tired from being held aloft. We both knew that repositioning a model's arms in real life could be an exercise in futility, so I quickly drew her arms in the highest pose first. Relieved and aching, she'd eventually lower her arms a bit. I'd quickly draw the second pair of arms. Every time the lactic acid in her muscles built up again, she simply lowered her arms down a few more degrees. Then I'd draw the next pair of arms onto the marilith.

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