Young Bard

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Jon Dixon

Illustration for the Griffin Island supplement for the RPG Runequest. A young bard. Nothing much to say about this think he's playing the chord of 'G'! The reason this picture is of a poorer quality than the others in the 'Griffin Island' series is that for some reason the original of this has gone missing, so all I had to scan was a poor photocopy. Pen and ink - 200mm x 200mm.

Published More than a year ago

Category Fantasy

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