I’ve been slowly edging back into working for longer on art, but still haven’t managed to do more than a few sketches lately. I don’t mind it, though, as not being able to work on serious projects has given me the ‘excuse’ I needed to let my muse off the leash to explore whatever fun topics came to mind!
D&D Sketch – Rabs the Fire Genasi
I really fell in love with my Barbarian from The Unmerry Band from the campaign we recently finished playing. She graciously volunteered for a warm-up sketch to explore an extreme perspective shot. Her tatts and eyes are always my favorite details to draw with their dramatic glow!
I hope to re-visit the band again sometime with more explorations of the dramatic scenes from their campaign as well as a level progression chart so I can practice drawing armor.
Gideon the Ninth – Harrow & Gideon Portraits
Lately I’ve been trying to catch up on my Fantasy genre reading. Gideon the Ninth was high on that list (check out my spoiler free review if you like). It was a fun ride full of skeletons, sarcasm, and murder and I really enjoyed it! The combination of mystic necromancy and scifi really inspired me and thus these sketches were born!
I chose to draw Harrow as she appears in full Ninth House pomp in Gideon the Ninth. Her goth skelly aesthetic really appeals to my sensibilities!
I’ve pictured Gideon here with her rapier, claw, and signature badass glasses.
My idea was to make portraits as if they were from a visual novel like The Arcana. These were so much fun that I may have to properly polish them up sometime! If you’re a Locked Tomb fan, who would you like to see me sketch next?
OC Art – Redesigned Kalara
Some of you may remember Kalara from my Exalted ttrpg adventures. I had a lot of fun coming up with fashions during her Shirt Cut Meme, which made me realize she hasn’t had a new look in 8 years!
[WIP of the line art for Kalara’s revised look.
I hope to do a whole other article talking about her new design later once I’m finished with a new reference sheet, but for now, enjoy the sneak peek of the line art for her new design. I’m stoked for how much more sophisticated and dramatic this new look is for her!
Lastly, all of these sketches were done in Procreate, as curled up on the couch with the ipad has been the most physically comfortable way for me to draw lately.
And this has been another month of rest, healing, and stress-free sketching! I hope to inch back into more serious work in July. I’d love to keep practicing with warm-up sketches when I can, however. It felt good to do fun things that don’t have strings attached to any major launches or paychecks.
The Locked Tomb has been an especially inspiring series, so I hope to keep doing more portraits! Have you all read these books? What other cool Fantasy books should I be reading right now? Let me know in comments or feel free to come chat books with me in my Patreon Discord server! There’s a whole channel for geeking out about books and media.
That’s all for now! I’ll have another announcement soon about this Patreon’s move to temporary Tip Jar status. I know this isn’t much, but I hope you all enjoyed the art treats anyways!