Sunday, September 07, 2008

Sketching Compositions for RPGs

Ever since I picked up my first Magic: The Gathering cards back in high-school, I was into sci-fi and fantasy role playing games. Not for the chance to be in a different world, pretending to be a monster or a goblin (I've never touched Dungeons & Dragons), but for the Illustrations. I haven't played the game for over 10 years. I don't think I even remember how to play it anymore. But every time a new set comes out I scour the interwebs for the art. I have several friends that illustrate for Wizards of the Coast (the company that publishes Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons), some even make a decent living from it.

It's always been my goal to work for WotC but my portfolio does not reflect this. So I've been playing around with compositions and sketching out ideas that I'd like to eventually turn into a portfolio for RPGs. Here are some doodles I did last week on my lunch break at work:








What do you think? Are there any that jump out at you? Any I should develop further or forget about?

10 comments:

Lana Crooks said...

The fairy and the one below it. I like her face.
Of course you would have to work out a good composition with her but ole 4 arms looks like it would be pretty solid.

Ira Robbins said...

I like the last one most. It has strength and energy and looks like it could be a great painting...

Bowlin said...

The first one feels like a game card design to me.

david santos said...

Fantastic posting!!!
Congratulations.

Frank said...

That first one could be a really cool image if the black stuff coming out of her mouth was a monster that is right-side up. That way it won't look like the composition is up-side down.

Charles said...

I like the last one the most, but the one above it is great too...love the technique and style...

Eric Orchard said...

numbers 1,4,4 and 6 really blew me away. Fantastic compositions.

Tom Kidd said...

I say paint them all in color. You've inspired me to try drawing in Photoshop again. The pencil is my friend but I guess I could have another.

Speaking of Dover, did you work with Jeff Menges or meet him? Jeff's a good guy, well worth knowing. He works there.

Love the nudes.

Arkady Roytman said...

Hey Everyone, thanks for your suggestions. Sorry it took me so long to get back to respond.

Lana, Eric - I've been dong a lot of fairy/elf things in preparation for my next Dover project.

Bowlin, Frank - that one is my favorite of the bunch. I agree with you Frank that something is needed to show what she is lying down.

Ira, Charles - I'll definitely try to revisit the last one.

Tom - You can never replace the pencil. I work with Jason S. the editor in the Children's Devision

RZ said...

I think you should fuse the line work you have going in the coloring books with the brushy value work you have here. That'll maximize readability.

And eff the dragon. that shit is played out.