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 […]
Whenever I don’t know what to draw, this is where I start – with a creature. I didn’t realize until I drew this that it must be a distant cousin of last week’s monster. I’ve watched a lot of Star Trek: The Next Generation during the pandemic, so maybe all those scenes of Riker’s beard […]
The real world can be pretty weird and fantastic sometimes, but I think the common thread uniting all of geekdom is the desire to make it even weirder and more fantastic. As long as I can remember, I’ve found reality somewhat lacking in mystery and panache, so I’ve made my own. That’s how an elderly […]
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 […]
Most of my creatures start with some basis in the real world, usually obvious in their construction. However, I don’t really set out on these sketches thinking “I’mma draw a rat crossed with a Christmas tree.” I just start with one part of the animal, usually the head, and see what happens. Some days, I […]
I have nothing insightful to say this week. Ten people got murdered at a grocery store near me. I’ve shopped at that store. My friends shop at that store. Nothing is sacred, nothing is safe, so here are some moufeaux waiting for the end of the world.
I’m currently illustrating Poems from the Night Watch by Arliss Ryan, a forthcoming poetry collection about the constellations. Sagittarius’s poem describes his attempt to master the bow and arrow, thinking he’ll be a natural at first and then surprised at how much hard work it takes to become an effortless archer. In a similar bout […]
For the record, I was in a normal, ordinary coffee shop, not a dispensary. For the record, I ordered one chocolate chip cookie. It was supposed to just contain cookie. There were no labels and the barista didn’t ask for ID and it cost the same as a normal cookie. For the record, it did […]
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 have a feeling that if any Great Old Ones awoke in the past 14 months, they’d take one look at the world, shake their heads, and go back to sleep.