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 […]
My partner has spent a lot of the pandemic coming up with an epic new Dungeons & Dragons campaign. I’ve spent a lot of the pandemic watching Star Trek and sketching on the couch. Sometimes he incorporates what I draw into his game world, and sometimes I draw the things from his game world to […]
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?
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.