I wanted to peek my head out and give you all a sign of life! I’ve been taking it easy this month while healing from surgery and dealing with very heavy doses of pain medication, which means I don’t have a lot of art to share from January. However, I hope you’ll enjoy what fun I was able to have with art!
January was all about stimulating the happy brain chemicals to help with the stress of recovery, which meant, once again, having fun with totally pointless original character art!
The Uncrucified VTT Tokens
I wanted to practice drawing tokens for virtual tabletops and so the cast of The Uncrucified, my Exalted tabletop RPG story, felt like a good starting point! I’ve also created a project logo for The Uncrucified which I incorporated into the token’s decorative border.
(Watch a timelapse here.)
This style might not have enough contrast to really stand out for smaller tokens, but I enjoyed the painting practice, none-the-less!
WIP – Young Rabs
I’ve been poking at this young teen Rabs, my most recent Dungeons & Dragon character, since last year! You all might remember the full body of her present day self done for a D&D party level progression chart (which I’m using as reference on the left).
I wanted every member of the party to have a unique Level 0 example to show what each character looked like when they first got that glint in their eye to become an adventurer. Seeing their younger self makes it even more interesting to see how they’ve changed over time/levels. I wanted to do this to incorporate more storytelling into what is otherwise a very basic straightforward level chart.
Plus, it’s good practice for me at drawing younger ages.
(Explore a mini-gallery of Rabs’ tattoos and design here.)
Rabs was a scrappy, angry teen who used to practice her combat skills in secret in preparation for a coup her mothers and sisters were plotting against her murderous father (more on that from my 2022 NaNoWriMo exploration of her backstory). She’s chilled out a lot since those dark days and is now rather more the cheerful optimist of the party!
With my medications thinning out and body and mind getting back to normal, I hope to ease into a more regular schedule in February. I have big plans this year to launch some exclusive Patreon goodies and a couple of Kickstarters I have been looking forward to for years, now, so I’m excited to FINALLY get started on working towards those goals!
I’m also starting back to my art studies and classes, as I’ve felt my skills have stagnated while I’ve been in Recovery Mode. Working digitally has been wonderful since I can do it comfortably with my shoulder (and now stomach) limitations, but I really want to get my hands dirty with traditional paints again, which means getting my butt back in the studio!
I hope to have more to share soon, with a Patrons-only sneak peek coming soon. Keep your eyes peeled!