When my friend Lee Garvin passed away suddenly, he left behind an unfinished Kickstarter game. Three of his friends and I managed to get our hands on the work he had completed, and many, many thousands of hours later, we published the second edition of Tales from The Floating Vagabond on DriveThruRPG! In 2019, when […]
In the distant mists of the 1980’s, master gamesmith Lee Garvin created Tales from The Floating Vagabond, a roleplaying game (RPG) for adults of legal drinking age featuring dimension-hopping, genre-mixing comedic storytelling. Lee successfully ran a Kickstarter in 2013 to publish a second edition of TF2V. Unfortunately, the Universe had developed a major grudge against […]
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!
The iconic characters Alice and the Cheshire Cat, in Bill Watterson’s iconic style.
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.
I first saw it spelled “griffin,” but if you learned about this mythical creature from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, you probably called it a “gryphon.” I’ve seen other spellings over the years, and I figured when griffins get drunk they go on rants about how even they don’t know how to spell their name properly […]
Many years ago, I drew a friend’s dragon character and learned the hard way to never, ever, ever try and draw every single scale. About halfway through this snow leopard, I wondered whether I had made a similar mistake. She’s worth it though, and she knows it.
I went to a shitty high school that seriously lacked creative stimulation. Needless to say, I doodled a lot on my papers. My sophomore year, I started drawing these furry, two-legged creatures at the bottom of French tests, each labeled “Le Moufeau.” It got to the point where I was rushing to finish tests so […]