A demon. A demon coming out of a portal was the assignment I got for a D3 Adventures supplement. I was being given a lot of freedom on this assignment, which is just amazing for an artist to get. I had so many ideas that went beyond the usual bat-winged, red skinned devilish demon most commonly depicted.
The title sounds like a magic trick, but for me as an illustrator and comic book artist, it’s just Wednesday. I’m not talking about drawing a bat’leth, that uniquely shaped weapon of the Klingons from Star Trek, and then turning that drawing into a demon. This was a real, metal bat’leth that had been used in stage fighting.
I had given the bat’leth to an actress friend of mine, who agreed that she would be a reference model for me in the future if I needed her. She didn’t specify for demonic purposes, but that’s what I needed. When I asked if she’d mind being a demon, she said yes immediately. Okay, maybe the affirmative was more enthusiastic and less PG than just “Yes”, but you get the idea. Actors are great for models because they really get into the character. They do more than just pose in place. My demon had plans, ideas and an odd facial structure. My friend gave my demon intent, and some make-up which made her look less demonic, but like motion capture marking trackers would help me when it came time to make the face look less human. What proceeded next was an hour of photography, improvisation, cardboard armor and what probably looked really insane to someone from the outside. That’s the best thing about being a fantasy artist, maybe an actor, too. The totally weird, un-glamorous things required to pull off something fantastic.
As an artist it’s important to never be a slave to any reference used. Yet, it’s equally important to use reference, because something an artist wouldn’t have thought of out of their head will come out of it. This painting became so much more than I had originally envisioned thanks to my friend.
All it had cost me was a Klingon weapon of destruction.
Art covers coming soon from Chandra Reyer at Greystone Studios to D3 Adventures also include:
D3 Adventures is looking to publish well written adventures to highlight the holiday rush. Please visit our Contractors Wanted page and fill out the form. One of our line developers will contact you if your presentation is what they are looking for.
Beat the heat this weekend. From today until Tuesday, save 25% off most products in our store. Enjoy your weekend surrounded by friends gaming, out of the glaring corn sweat-induced heat bomb going on in North America.
If you are in the greater Houston area and would like to demo some D3 products, please stop by!
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241 FM 1960 Bypass Rd E, Humble, Texas 77338
Come celebrate role-playing games with a focus on local designers and games less traveled! Since FREE RPG Day fell on the same day as Comicpalooza this year, we feel that folks may have missed out. We therefore are going to host our own RPG Day which will focus on local designers, who will be in attendance, and games that get less regular attention than D&D 5th Edition and Pathfinder. In other words, we want to open you up to some new possibilities, let you have a good time, and win some great prizes in the process!
In the desolate wastes of the desert, a temple to a long forgotten titan has again become active. Now, the wealthy and noble are disappearing and all signs point to the temple. Can the heroes overcome the ancient god of vengeance? Will they help the oppressed or serve the powerful?
Also, be sure to check at our booth for other bonus materials. We are on the 3rd floor of the convention hall, inside Tabletop Gaming (booth IGA4). Be sure to say you saw this post.
If you are visiting Salt Lake Gaming Con this weekend, be sure to stop by and see our booth (we have bonus material). Also, Curtis Baum, line developer and author for D3 Adventures will be running several roleplaying games. You can see a schedule as well as many “pick-up” games happening frequently.
Interested in art? Regan Shupe, one of our freelance artists, will be there with his portfolio.