Sticks the thief

A weird little dragony, lizard guy, Sticks steals to for survival and for fun. He can't help but take, but only from the well off. Stealing from the weak is stealing from oneself in his mind. He hangs to the shadows, waits in the ally ways, and slits your purse before you feel the wait leave your person. 

As always Sticks is a character I would love to play in an RPG and really explore. I could add him to one of my campaigns but I think his concept is too much fun to just be a passer by for my friends to meet 

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Nora TrollBleeder

Sorry for not posting in a while! It's been a little crazy, I left my old job and started a new one and I'm juggling multiple Dungeons and Dragons games, and the general chaos of life.

But that doesn't mean I don't have new art share. Here is Nora Trollbleeder, dwarf cleric of the forge. She is definitely a character I would like to play in D&D, I just don't get to be a player as much as I would like to. Any way. quick insight into her character. She works as a smith with divine gift from the dwarven god of craft, where she forges some of the best weapons in the empire. But left her forge to help in the front lines when her brother is slain by a troll and vows to kill it herself. 

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Dragon Hatchling

The last time I drew a dragon, I was in college working on an independent study of book illustration. I was illustrating the Hobbit and was tasked to draw Smaug over lake town. I haven't drawn a dragon since. Well not really, the awesome Art Order is creating a collection of tiny dragons and not so tiny dragons for a book. I was recently published in the Art Order Invitational Gallery and knew I wanted to create a piece for their next project. 

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As a person who doesn't draw dragons, I had to figure out what my dragons look it. It was a mixture of using reference images for lizards and chickens. Chickens? Well for the wings, my idea was that since baby birds don't fly, maybe baby dragons have the same learning curve and anatomy. 

One of the unusual parts of my normal process for this piece was doing a rough digital sketch in photoshop. Normally, that process is on paper, but this time I pulled all of my references together on one file and was able to look between the two files to create the rough drawing. It's something I want to continue to do for larger, complex pieces moving forward. 

So I learned two things with this piece: digital mock ups and play with texture!

We'll see if it gets into the book!

Spector in full color

Digitally coloring my drawings is my preferred method, but that does not mean it isn't a wrestle match to get color theory to be on my side. But when color theory and I get along, we get colored monsters. Behold the Spector that lives in the Dwarfish ruins in the Dragon Spire mountains (yes my friends have already faced this creature in Dungeons and Dragons)

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For me, digital colors lets me experiment with out the constant worry of ruining the drawing like it does when I watercolor. In college I watercolored as my main method, but between working with Chris Gash and Cory Godbey (post college), digital grew on me. Now its mostly a balance of cool and warm, darks and lights, and not loosing the drawing under layers and layers of photoshop. But hey, feel like I'm getting some where now!

Hill Giant

Another of the classic RPG characters I've been working on is the Hill Giant. Huge, strong, swinger of bats, but not that smart, the hill giant wanders the rolling grasses in search of sheep to steal from the near by farms. Watch out that he doesn't smash your house with his bat or foot.. or he might sit on it. Who knows?! 

I drew this character with out a background to use as a paper miniature for a future Dungeons and Dragons adventure for my friends. In the future I will probably release a download pack of paper miniatures through the DMs Guild.

Zorn, reimagined

In college, I starting playing Dungeons and Dragons with some friends of mine. We would take turns dungeon mastering and playing characters. During one campaign based on the dark soul series (if I recall correctly) I played a warforge (a magical robot) knight. I liked the idea of the character still and decided to reinvent the character to be a non-player character that the players have the potential to meet in the City of the Iron Conclave; a mysterious city run by these magical automatons in a weird Disney world like recreation of what a city should be. But Zorn is a little different from the other automatons. 

Here is her updated design:

Just for full, I searched my tumblr for the first drawing I made of Zorn while we were playing through the adventure. Then I redrew her again a few years later thinking I might play the character again. And added the new drawing as well.

I like to think I got better at drawing.

K'Varn Revealed

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:

Alien Explorer

One of my goals this year is to work on drawing Scifi and aliens to add range to my portfolio. Though aliens are sort of monsters, drawing technology has been more of a challenge. I tend to draw the tech very chunky and large like its from the 90's. I guess my Scifi world, the technology of today has been lost so its not slick and slim. It's functional and bulky. Here is an alien crossing over the dunes on a desert planet. 

As I continue to grow in this area, overall I hope to not just work on my drawing and character design, but push to have more story in my artwork. So hold me to it! 

Goblin Week

This year I slacked on Goblin Week, I was busy drawing aliens instead and a bunch of not very original goblins. But I did finish a goblin just in time for the end of Goblin Week! 

Based on the classic Dungeons and Dragons Goblin, I sketched this little gob solider as a spot illustration that could be in an RPG manual next to some stats. Now back to sketching!

Bog Crawler Warlord

Back in November I posted the original Bog Crawler. Since then have added the leader to the Bog Crawlers of the marshy swamps. This Bog Crawler has been through battle with scars, jagged fins, even missing an eye. This isn't the standard minion in a level 1 dungeon. Mechanic wise, I see the Warlord as a low level spell caster that is able to boost the stats of near by allies. 

I plan on creating a mock up of the bog crawlers with stats to show how my artwork can be used for RPGs and other books.

Bog Crawler Drawing

Lately for inspiration I have been flipping through monster manuals and creature codexes looking for interesting beings to draw. Inspired by all the art, I created a Bog Crawler. Able to move quietly in the muddy waters, it attacks with its hooked swords dragging it's prey into the swamp to drown. Bog Crawlers fight in small hunting groups to ambush trespassers venturing into their grounds.

I see bog Crawlers as a low level creature with a much stronger Bog Crawler war chief as the leader. I might have to make some stats for 5th edition to use these creatures against my friends.

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Return of Rus Dread-Gourger

Rus has been a character that every once in a while I draw. He's not a part of a larger project, though I do have little bits of narrative in mind. Rus is more of a character I return to when I need a break and just want to draw a goblin. Though there is a good chance that Rus will end up in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign when I decide to play another rogue.

Tavern Tales-Goblin Bard

I realized I had a bunch of drawings that I have not yet shared and will over the next week or two. With all that is going on I wanted to share something that is light hearted and fun. During Illuxcon I finished this drawing of a goblin bard. While working on it, it was apparent that the character I was drawing was Otis from Songs of Fablewood. I ran with it and decided this is what Otis would look like in a 'high fantasy' setting. Just playing singing, enjoying life, and traveling the world to tell grand stories of heroes and the down fall of villains. 

Exploring Fablewood- August 22, 2016

The book is starting to come together, the layouts have been started with some of the final drawings placed. As well as a hoard of sketches, comps, and studies that still need to be scanned. 

A while back I shared a rough drawing of a frogmen with some curious will-o-wisps. The drawing has been finished for a while but I finally had the time to scan and share it.

Enjoy.

Exploring Fablewood- July 18, 2016

Days are starting to get away from me, July is more then half way over giving me about two months to send the next Fablewood book off to the printers in order to have it in time for Illuxcon. So I am shifting all other little side projects and drawings for later. 

This week is a troll design for a larger illustration I have composed, done a loose digital rough, and am ready to start finalizing some of the drawing for the finished work.

Creatures of the Under Dark

A few months back I bought an old copy of Advanced Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual. I like all the older artwork and strange creatures that span the book. Many of those creatures are reinvented in the newest edition looking polished, fearsome, and not as silly. But I like the strange designs of the past. Here are two creatures that live in the Under Dark, the world beneath the earth filled with beasts. 

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Dungeons and Dragons

    Over the past 6 months, I’ve been playing in a Dungeons and Dragons campaign with a group of awesome people. We’ve saved kidnapped children, rode a magic turtle, caused a battle at the royal palace and ultimately saved the city from evil.

    The party consists of varied group of people who came together after beating some goblins at a royal party, two as invited guests and my character snuck in through the back window. Not knowing anyone else in the city the group stuck together and chaos ensued.

Adira Harrt is a paladin of Torm using both weapons and magic in battle. She grew up in a noble ruling family and rejected the expectations of a noblewoman should be. With a sword in hand and shield in the other Adira became a skilled fighter. A tragic loss of her family and losing control the city. She ended up at Khalat, ready to aid the weak. With her high moral standing, Adira guides the party in justice for the weak and no mercy for the evil.

 Cervantes is a halfling elemental monk. He didn't reveal his past to the party but was a known champion in the fighting ring. With his creative thinking, he commissioned inventions ranging from an endless water decanter for spells to a gauntlet grappling hook. Often quick to act, he smashed a music box of a ghost that led to his death. Unable to resurrect Cervantes, he was laid to rest at the Temple of Torm.

 

    Oliver is a knowledge cleric and played by the Dungeon Master as an NPC to help the party in their adventure. He spends much of his time cooking, learning the secrets to crafting the perfect meal. Not wanting to be a hero, he reluctantly joined the party to save the kidnapped children and save the city. After the fame, Oliver retired back to his life of cooking but still helps the gang with his magic and knowledge.

6 is a halfling arcane rouge, using both magic and blades to sneak attack her enemies. Her childhood was spent in slavery for a noble elven trading family where she lost all connection to her family. Through traveling the world on the trade caravans, she secretly trained to win her escape. A revolt ensued between the slave and the guards, 6 killed the son of the elven family and was the lone escaper. Traveling to Khalat she seeks revenge on the Nobles who enslaved her and wants to find her true identity along with her family. 


These designs for the characters are based on there Level 1 to 3 armor, abilities, and actions. The need to be updated soon as the characters are Level 5 and two new members have joined the party,

If you are interested in having your character drawn I will soon be launching a store via my website and can commission a character illustration. If you can’t wait till then, shoot me an email at PaigeConnellyIllustration@gmail.com.

Astakos

I'm a huge fan of Dungeons and Dragons and love the amount of creativity the game has. Related to the Dragon Turtle pirate I posted a while back, I add another race from the same world the Astakos. Created by the home-brew D&D community of tumblr/Reddit the Astakos are crustacean creatures that have natural armor and are skilled in enchantments. 

Some of the preliminary sketches:

And the original drawing: