In which I begin to explore the intricacies of digital watercolor techniques using my very first RPG character as a guinea pig…even though he’s a coyote!
My newest D&D party travels on a flying ship, and none of the players wanted to play a captain, so the DM put out a short survey where we could all vote on the NPC captain’s race, gender, and bits of background. Maybe LGBTQ+ people are a minority of the U.S. population, but at least […]
I draw just about every character I roleplay in ongoing campaigns, but I looked at my portfolio recently and said to myself, “Kira, nearly all your character designs have blank white backgrounds. It’s BORING. How about giving them a background or a setting or something?” So when I sketched Senefer, my paladin-turned-bard, for the first […]
I’ve never been tempted to play a paladin before. They’re bound by such tight moral codes that they never seemed like they’d be much fun to roleplay, especially since the people I tend to game with are the sort who ask questions like “do I have time to remove this corpse’s teeth?” I mean, who […]
I’m teaching myself to paint digitally in Adobe Fresco, and lately the Boy and I have been sharing videos of caracals and their crazy ears. This is the first character design I’ve done that’s 100% digital. I started with a pose reference photo of a violin player and built up from there.
My first attempt at a long-form comic, Castle Whatsitsname, included a “wise old wizard” character with funny eyebrows. When I began to revise the story, I realized we didn’t need another Gandalf/Obi-Wan/Dumbledore, but we sure could use more venerable old women. You know, the kind who’s everyone’s grandmother on the outside and tougher than an […]
I play in too many one-shot RPGs to draw the character for each one, but an airship-piloting goblin who uses farts as offensive weapons was too good to pass up.
I sketched my Changeling character, Zero, ready to let loose with some street art in the Hedge. Several weeks later, as I was literally scheduling this blog post, the opportunity for Zero to paint the Hedge actually came up in game.
One of my friends is basically a gnome in real life, and a really talented fiber artist as well. Why settle for homespun when you can have Gnomespun? I drew the gnomes for him ages ago and as he expanded his repertoire, I updated one of the gnomes with a chisel for woodworking.
My Changeling character, Zero, wanted to run from some heavy responsibilities, but her friend Dorian wouldn’t just let her leave. She agreed to return when he pledged his support, and he opened his arms for a hug saying “C’mon. Be a softy with me.” It was such a sweet moment that I had to stay […]