I love D&D. I’ve been playing since 1986, and I still play 2nd Edition. The pandemic has been horrible, but one silver lining for me was that I discovered online D&D. I’ve been designing graphic assets for my homebrew games for a year and a half now, and here’s one that I’m pretty happy with.
My group uses Roll20. They have this thing called “Fog of War” that lets the DM hide certain areas of the board from the players, but it’s pretty ugly: all it does is make big black spots over the whole thing (yes, I know how to use dynamic lighting). For my latest campaign, I’m sending the players into a ruined town in a beautiful forest in autumn. The buildings they haven’t found yet are hidden by trees–not big black spots. So I decided to make my own “Forest of War.”
First I drew the buildings, and Photoshopped a colorful forest around them.
Then I created small groups of trees that could be moved around, and put them over the buildings.
You can tell which trees can be moved here because the background hadn’t finished loading in on Roll20 yet when I took this screen shot. Fortuitous!
So when it’s all together, there’s no way the players can tell where the buildings are–until they get close enough to one and I move the trees!
You can see they’ve already discovered one of the buildings. I did a fun thing with those, too. I didn’t want to make a separate map for each building: changing maps would be a pain, and I wanted them to always have the expanded overview of the area. I decided to make removable roofs, and just move those over to show the interiors when the players declare that they’ll enter a building.
Once the whole thing is in Roll20, I fill it with props, the characters wander in, and HA! They get attacked by a couple of giant spiders hiding in the woodpile. HOURS OF FUN!
Print on Demand sites are a pain, but I’m going to try it again. Perhaps I’ll make enough money to outfit my very own print shop!
Here’s my Society6 store.
You can get stuff printed with splats and pencils! I have a few other designs up too, but who doesn’t love splats and pencils?
The gold disk is a photograph of a detail from my first Christmas ornament that my dad bought in the hospital gift shop when I was born. I’m still playing around with this–not sure if I like the spiral, but the background (a painting I did in art school) is cool.
Yesterday I wasted a lot of time trying to apply this to products in a POD store, but it doesn’t look right on anything and I really kind of hate POD stores anyway.
If you think my portfolio site has had a lot of incarnations, here’s the latest version of another one that I keep re-vamping. Is it finally done? NO! No, it isn’t. And it probably never will be. But it’s fun and I like doing it.
That’s right, The Gri’x is back online! THRILL to the hundreds of wiki pages! WALLOW in the stories and poems of the Scriptures! WONDER why the footer is still acting so wonky on some pages! Yes, THE GRI’X! My favorite setting for dreaming and tale spinning and stream-of-consciousness rambles! Now with its own shiny new URL!
Usually when I start a new portfolio site I get overwhelmed with uploading and labeling decades’-worth of everything I’ve ever made, but this time I want to start off with something kinda new.
Ok, they’re not exactly NEW-new, but the pretty effects are new, and I’m going to be using them as part of a new project. These are two of forty-eight mysterious magical glyphs that have started to show up in Lausperia, my homebrew D&D world (stay tuned for more of that).
I made the original physical glyphs with shrinky-dink film, colored pencils, and markers. Then I scanned them and fiddled around in Photoshop.
They can be used as divination tools, a written language, and sigils in magic spells.
In the make-believe fantasy game world, that is.
Of course they’re not real magical tools.
Of course not.
That would be silly.
In the interests of science, I am testing this new gallery plug-in. Behold! Here is some art.
Pen/Pencil doodle on paper
Pen/Pencil Doodle on paper
Pen/Pencil Doodle on paper