With the conclusion of Critical Role's Vox Machina campaign, its been a fun few weeks with a new part of the world, new characters, and new stories. It's been fun to see the community of both D&D and Critical Role create so much art is such a short period of time. And I wanted to join in with my rendition of the half orc warlock Fjord.
Sorry for the lack of posting. October is always a busy month with NY Comic Con and Illuxcon along with the general busyness of life.
But no fear!
With all the drawings I've created, very few get finished with full color. But I'm trying to change that by taking some of my favorite pieces and color them to send out as examples to art directors. So I pulled out the Cyclops Stormcaller I drew inspired by the Critical Role source book. I really liked the description and lore Matt Mercer created and knew I wanted to draw it.
Digital color to me is always a balance of cools and warms and not losing the drawing under all the layers of color. The base colors always start either warm or cool then the shadows/highlights will be the opposite with glazes of color on top to unify. My method is probably not perfect but so far its been working for me. So back to coloring I go!
Recently Green Ronin published the first Critical Role campaign guide and it was a great read with some cool art work. One of the creatures that caught my eye in the book was a cyclops that Matt Mercer designed. A cyclops with the power to control the storm due to his birthright was something I couldn't pass up drawing and wanting to include in my own D&D campaign. I think this guy might end up being an antagonist to the party.
I don't create fan art often because I like to draw my own worlds. But Critical Role will be the only show that constantly inspires me. A D&D game played by a group of voice actors that is honestly better then most TV shows. I'm in!
Here is a drawing of their first major villain for their online stream. K'Varn the evil scientist beholder of the under dark. He controls a vast army of mind controlled denizens of the darkness. Through many battles of war camps, castles, and strange lands Vox Machina barreled into K'Varn's layer and a difficult battle Vox Machina killed the beholder. Returning to the land above with their rescued friend Kima of Vord
Here's the progress towards the color version:
The past few episodes of Critical Role Vox Mochina has been exploring the Fire Plane for a vestige (to help defeat the Chroma Conclave of dragons.) Matt Mercer (the DM) described the awesome efreeti guards of the city and I knew I had to draw one. So while watching episodes I worked on the design and rendered the final drawing. I didn't want to use the cliche genie (djinn) seen in pop culture, so I pulled from a variety of cultures to create it's own style. That if I decide to draw more beings from the Fire Plane will draw from the same pool of cultural inspirations. The Efreet also joins my growing collection of reimagining classic RPG monsters.
There's always stack of sketches and drawings on the corner of my drafting table waiting to be finished. The other day I pulled a drawing out of the stack to finish after I got home from work.
Garthok is a half-orc rogue, member of the Clasp, and aided Vox Machina after the dragon attack in Emon. He appeared in one epsiode of Critical Role and wasn't a major character but I liked the idea of an orc rogue. Here's the small graphite portrait.
Previously I have drawn Grog and Scanlan along with King Murghol from Geek and Sundry's Critical Role. I don't watch a lot of TV and even fewer shows that I tune into continuously every week, But Critical Role since its beginning has been more entertaining and captivating then most TV shows.
Since its there completion of one full year of live streaming there D&D game. I decided to share the next finished drawing in the Vox Machina Series, Pike Trickfoot the gnome cleric.
A Duergar King of the under dark, King Murghol was under the control of K'Varn when Vox Machina entered Emberhold. Vox Machina freed their friend paladin Lady Kima, starting a battle ending with King Murghol's death.
I'm a huge fan of Geek and Sundry's Critical Role, a bunch of voice actors playing Dungeons and Dragons live streamed on Twitch. (I even got to see the cast at NYCC this year). As I've been drawing, I've had the show running in the background which led me to start sketching some of the characters.
Scanlan Shorthalt, played by Sam Riegel, is a gnome bard who tends to get the party into trouble or turns out to be extremely helpful giving his fellow party members inspiration or turning the entire party into flying cows. Scanlan being a natural performer is telling tales of Vox Machina starring himself as the title hero at a tavern in Tal'Dorei.