Sometimes art students copy the work of great artist as part of a learning exercise, to study the brush strokes, the composition, the use of light, etc. In my attempt to become a better illustrator I want to do the same but with what I consider great illustrations. And I can't think of any other book that has inspire me the most as to become an illustrator than the 3rd Edition Monster Manual publish by Wizard of the Coast in 2000 (not sure of the year). It was my first time playing D&D and I remember thinking that drawing monsters for a book was one of the coolest things ever. In retrospective I should just quit Engineering and study art, but that's another story.
So as a tribute and I personal exercise for myself I will paint all the monster illustrations from the 3rt Edition Monster Manual. I'll be using the 3.5 Edition because the 3rd Edition is somewhere on a box in a closet, but most of the illustrations are the same, they added and change some of them but for the most part is the same.
This is a Huge project and I don't know how much time is going to take, I'll try not to copy all of them in some I could add my own take on the monster since I don't want to be ripping someones work, is just for educational purposes.
First Drawing...the Aboleth