Carcassones

Carcassones

I hadn’t heard of either the game or the city when I was 16 and my art teacher let the class use the classroom lockers as a canvas. I painted these swallow-tailed silhouettes above a roiling ocean scene and named them carcassones. I mean, what else was I going to paint, plain old birds?

What Was Kept

What Was Kept

Many of my dreams involve complicated travel to bizarre places. In a recent such dream, I was on a boat sailing towards this island on some kind of tour. I woke up before we actually set foot on shore, but retained enough of the dream to sketch it later that day. I have no idea […]

Snargle

Snargle

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.

Zero Paints the Hedge

Zero Paints the Hedge

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.

Mother Larissa

Mother Larissa

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with the collectible card game Rage and its parent RPG, Werewolf: the Apocalypse. The lavishly illustrated cards and books introduced me to some of my favorite artists and inspired me to make up my own cards. I’m still not happy with how I draw humans, so lately […]

Dire Horse

Dire Horse

My husband Zen is designing his first game world from scratch. A Thousand Oceans combines elements of Serenity, TaleSpin, and Dungeons & Dragons. He requested dire horses the size of elephants for a plains region.

At the Sign of the Broken Smile

At the Sign of the Broken Smile

My husband Zen is designing his first game world from scratch. A Thousand Oceans combines elements of Serenity, TaleSpin, and Dungeons & Dragons and it’s the most excited I’ve ever been about D&D. I drew this signboard from The Broken Smile, the inn where the characters will meet. Zen was suitably creeped out, and I […]

“Be a Softy with Me”

"Be a Softy with Me"

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 […]

Fae Woman

Fae Woman

I’ve obsessed about “developing a style” for years, often by copying artists I love in an effort to find out what made them so beautiful. This sketch was my take on one of Quinton Hoover’s masterworks. Mr. Hoover, if you ever read this, you inspired teenage me in ways I can’t describe.

Resistance is Magic Character Designs

Resistance is Magic Characters

The Boy started developing a roleplaying game set in an alternate future Equestria in which Discord defeated the Mane 6. Naturally, I created the art. These player character archetypes were especially fun to draw. After working on Resistance is Magic, I switched from Sketch N’ Wash pencils to the more fluid Copic brush pens. SnW […]