As before, click "Download" for the big-big version.
This is a partial on one of three half-pages drawn for the recently-released Fantasy Craft
Role-Playing Game, out now from Crafty Games
And a bit of good news, I hear the hardcover will be at GenCon this weekend, so it IS in print as well as PDF! Might be a week or so before it's available in stores/online, but it's nice to know. I can't wait to hold a copy in my hands, that feeling never gets old.
SO! This is a partial, but it's a good bit bigger than you're likely to see it in print, unless you have a huge monitor and monster resolution. I blew 'em up a bit to show off the detail. From left to right we've got our classic Fantasy Archetypes: Dwarf, Elf, Goblin (the full image in the book also includes a relatively small Dragon). While the playable Species list extends way beyond these three, they're the familiar landmarks of traditional Fantasy.
Also, I'm pretty stoked that even two years later, I still like the designs. I wonkled the Dwarf's fingers a bit, but that warhammer of his I am proud of... it was one of those perfect moments: I was drawing the hammer head, but it was pretty generic. I wanted something unique, the Dragon was behind him, I looked at a fang and *bing*.
Another feeling that never gets old.
It's mostly nice 'cause I didn't take it from anywhere but the page in front of me. Most designs I work out are a mishmash mix of different influences and references and so forth. It's rare that I think of something that I can't source out past the moment I thought of it. I'm not saying nobody's done
a fang-hammer (I'm pretty certain someone out there has), just that I don't think I've seen one before.
Other than that hammer, I don't know that I did anything particularly unique... I wasn't trying to do anything new
exactly. The instructions called for familiar archetypes, and so I tried to throw down the best traditional Dwarf, Elf and Goblin I could.
I think it came out okay.
©2008 Crafty Games
. Illustrated in Manga Studio EX v.3 using an Intuos 9x12 tablet.
There is (I think) only one logo in this illustration.