Ancient D&D Character Designs
Ancient D&D Character Designs

Looking back into the archives, the D&D game is one of the earliest ‘side’ storylines I ever did, second only to the Vampire LARP. This simple fact explains why these character designs are SO different than the characters we see now!

Abbie was originally going to be a bit more of a swashbuckling sort of thief, which was more in keeping with her outgoing, slightly crazy personality. However, I later did a sketch (which I’ll have to see if I can find…) of her as a more ninja-like thief in homage to my buddy, who, if given his druthers, would play an elven ninja in any setting that allowed them, and a few that don’t. The look stuck.

Dustin and Sarah didn’t change overly much, except that Dustin’s armor got a lot more streamlined and lost the helmet so that we could see more of his face. Mark’s is essentially the same too, except that I made him look a little less ‘tribal’, and gave him the fur-trimmed cloak that I always drew my barbarian character wearing, as I had moved cities and could no longer play him. Drawing Mark’s cloak always brings up fond memories of that game.

And, if you’re wondering who that strange, half-finished grumpy guy in the lower right corner is… That’s Joel. I’d originally envisioned him as a depressed, sardonic halfling bard who would only sing in the most dire of circumstances. However, since I hate trying to write anything that rhymes, and the group needed someone ever-so-slightly malicious to run the game, that character got scrapped and Joel became the evil DM. I think he works *much* better in that role!

News: Posted January 14th, 2011 by Alina

^ 6 Comments to “Ancient D&D Character Designs”

  1. Lord Bounty Says:

    Should have stuck with the Emo Goth Halfing Bard. You wouldn’t even need to rhyme it, just write long depressing poems about the hopelessness of it all. YOu could even have worked it in as a running gag. “But that didn’t even Rhyme!” “Doesn’t matter, we’re all just worm food anyways…”

    Posted January 14th, 2011 at 12:57 pm
  2. Quantum07 Says:

    I figured that was Joel. His ever present scowl gave him away.

    Posted January 14th, 2011 at 5:58 pm
  3. i like Abby’s design (that’s Abby, right?) but I think Raven could pull it off too. She could be a bard. Maybe.

    Posted January 14th, 2011 at 10:12 pm
  4. Wanderer Says:

    Not for the first time, I wish I could get you to illustrate some RPG characters for me… you’re good at it. 🙂

    Posted January 16th, 2011 at 3:50 pm
  5. fionn320 Says:

    We had a late Christmas with my adult children, and one of them gave my wife and me the the commission piece you did of our WoD LARP characters. What a treat! One of the best Christmas presents I’ve ever received.

    Posted January 17th, 2011 at 1:05 am
  6. Quinn Says:

    HEY! HEEEEEYYYYYY! ALINA! I play other characters… I played an Eldar Ninja once! *cough*

    Posted January 20th, 2011 at 12:48 pm