Last character design for Epic Fails old adventuring party – those who passed the torch to our current crew. The next time you see them they will be in the comic!
This is Lan, Human Fighter who wields a Bastard Sword. He was young and inexperienced and I’ve tried to make his appearance reflect this. He is wearing chain mail, not having been around long enough to pick up some really good armor. I went with a classic medieval style hairstyle for him.
It’s sort of a challenge to make each character look distinctive, but fun too! Do you think I have succeeded?
This is Willi Creutzfeld, high-level Fighter and original leader of the adventuring party (the position has been in dispute, or just plain neglected, ever since). He hailed from a place called Brighton Pierre and for a while that was our default rendezvous point.
I have his Player to than for buying me my first set of D&D dice; I remember he was quite superstitious about his and hated people touching them, therefore I’d deliberately aim to borrow his (yet is is only by playing Amuletts that my full potential as wind-up-merchant is unleashed)!
I’ve dressed him in Plate Armor, which I’m pretty sure is correct, although I may regret all that detail later on. I wanted to make him look experienced and leader-ish. What I find a bit awkward with designing suits of armor is that traditionally they would have a MASSIVE CODPIECE! If I’m being faithful I ought to include it but they are… a little… distracting? I don’t think anyone would be looking at the characters face! Actually you don’t tend to see them in Fantasy Armors so I feel there’s a precedent for omitting it. Then again his name is Willi…
This is cool and if I’d heard about it earlier I would have totally signed up!
‘The 30 Characters Challenge’ is to create 30 new characters in 30 days, one for every day in November*. Because there can never be too many characters, right? Who’s with me?
This is a great website to visit for inspiration not to mention great art. With over 150 participants, including several webcomic artists, all you’ve gotta do is sit there and refresh the page ever 10 minutes or so and you’re going to find something new.
We’re talking characters in every style and genre, stretching the imagination and getting the creative juices flowing. Those artistic muscles don’t exercise themselves! Character design can be tricky and there’s nothing like learning by example.
Registration is closed, but late-comers are encouraged to participate on their personal websites. Personally I’ll be waiting til next year (I should be using my free time to draw comics anyway), but that doesn’t mean I haven’t bookmarked 30characters.com and won’t be enjoying what its artists have to offer – I certainly shall.
*Yes, the same month as NaNoWriMo, just to be awkward.