Art of Star-fall RPG Podcast

 

 

I must admit a lot of the time my art comes before the story. There will be times where I'm just doodling and something starts to look cool. While I am drawing this story starts to form in my head and from there worlds and from worlds and RPG. However, in this case, the story came first I have been Running Star-Fall for over twenty years. So in my mind, I have a very clear idea of what things look like. Now that I have this RPG podcast I have been working overtime to make these images. 

The Star-Fall RPG Characters

Everyone loves to have a sketch of their characters. I think its one of the cool things about Roleplaying games is to see a sketch that is obviously not you but it is (Maybe in another reality). When I started this podcast I gave the players a choice if they wanted to have their characters look just like them (Except the Aliens). Lucky for me our cast is very good looking. The technique that I'm using is a combination of photography and digital painting techniques. As much as I like to use filters on Instagram and Snapchat I do not like using them here. Even the really nice filters always seem to be missing the organic feel that I'm going for. So I use a Wacom tablet and hand paint over the image using techniques I would use as if I was painting on canvas. 

 

Arkady from the Star-Fall RPG Podcast

Arkady though she sometimes has a hard time running is a tough cookie. I have worked with Brodie (the model and the voice of Arkady) before in my other job as a body painter. We wanted to have a tough look and yet capture her softer side. The image here shows her holding a gun and with "Turbo" her pet cyborg weasel. Both of those were added post edit. We used a nerf gun to hold her hands in the right place for when it was time to edit the gun. 

Atrium from the Star-Fall Science fiction Podcast

Atrium was a little more difficult to draw. Unlike Arkady I did not have a model to work with. All the images that I could find of "Grey Aliens' did not have the look or the feel that I wanted. They were too short and their heads were too big. G'dar also have very unique looking eyes. This drawing was done by hand using a tablet. I also wanted to have some sort of marking on their forehead that gives away their political leanings 

 

David Hamerhands from the planet War-MedThis image was a collaborative work between my daughter and myself. The model (Also the voice of Dave in the podcast) is actually younger than me. We used theatrical makeup to make him look older then used the same technique we used on Arkady. 

Large humanoid lizard for the Star-Fall Actual Play podcast

Gerry is another example of my Drawing skills. I spent a lot of time trying to think about what an Elome would look like. I wanted to have a creature that had an almost dinosaur look with lizard features. This was also drawn by hand then added to the computer via a scanner. I found the independent focusing eyes like a chameleon to be rather difficult. Even more so in the animated Scifi comedy Norkek and Hedda 

Octopus holding a gun for the Podcast Star-Fall This is Reza. It's really a composite image of 6 different other images of octopus. I wanted to make sure this was a whole new image. I also had a hard time finding images that had the feel or tentacle layout that I wanted. So I took three or four public domain images and made a new one being careful to make sure that the colors and the textures matched. 

Terry giving a cheasy The Space consort for Star-Fall Science fiction podcast

This image was not a challenge at all. By the time I got to this image, I was getting really good at the overpainting technique. The actual photoshoot was easy as well as Gav (The model and voice to Terry) is very photogenic. I just had to add some special effects to give him that cheesy look 

     
     

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