Guildless character designs (wips)

3 years after Airika and Vince are split up by the powers that be, they meet again by chance. Good thing I was there to draw what they wore to this momentous event!

3_years_later_airika_sketch 3_years_later_vince_sketch

I really liked his face in the sketch but had a hard time carrying whatever it was I liked about it into the painted version.


So I repainted it over…

3_years_later_guildless_chars_wip02And over!

But I added the rest of their immediate group. Here they are, the four “guildless” peeps – Tzipora, Vince, Airika, and Tren – so named for their lack of affiliation with any of their world’s important political/social factions.

3_years_later_guildless_chars_wip03Going guildless is almost always certain death… unless you have good friends. 🙂

3_years_later_guildless_chars(Yes I repainted his face again, haha! And everyone else’s too. I am eternally dissatisfied with faces. I haven’t ruled out repainting them again.)

A bit more work will finish this one up, but I wanted to post it because I’m falling really behind on posting and about to move house so I’ll have even less time to post in the coming days!

Kelethin wip 01

Just for fun, a 1-hour quickie inspired by some of my earlier Everquest adventures in Photoshop CS5.

This was my character Macanai (who my friends nicknamed Macaroni, lol), a wood elf warrior.  I was new to the game and had no idea what I was doing when I made her.

I picked the warrior class because I was just so damn stoked that warrior was open to female characters.  I would later find that all class/sex combinations were possible, but if you think about this in the context of late 90’s gaming you may realize this was the exception, not the norm, for the time. Back then, if I wanted to play as a girl I’d have to be a spell caster.  Now, females even show up in the soldier ranks of games such as XCOM.  🙂


I probably won’t come back to this one, even though I would happily revisit the idea in a new piece.  For me to start work, push it to this point over the course of a few hours, and then scrap it is normal.  I suspect it might be a necessary part of my process, kind of like cleaning my desk of clutter before I can get to work on something new: I have to paint a “bad one” before I’m free to paint a “good one”, perhaps.


Red is one of my least favorite colors to paint with. I almost never use it. I think Mars was a bit of a challenge for that reason; I kept finding my paints shifting towards browns and purples instead. Overall, though, I’m really happy with how this one turned out. In the original sketch she was standing, but I changed her to “float” like some of the others do and I think it was a change for the better. I find it hard to draw action poses and “impossible” poses (like flying), so this was a good exercise.

Mercury wip 01

Jim and I got into watching the live-action Sailor Moon series (look for “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon act 1” on Youtube if you’re curious) and long-story made short, I decided it would be pretty awesome to re-imagine the heroines of the show as darker, goth-ier versions. I’ve decided that Mercury would look rather cyber-goth.

Grip Kart wip 01

A friend at work drew himself as a kart racer character and encouraged me to do the same! Here’s my sketch about an hour and a half in. I’ve made the BG yellow-reddish to match the final background art, which will be the same across all kart racer chars. The real trick now will be getting the coloring on the character to fit the background.