Remember that I excitedly announced that 13th Age was up for a 2014 ENnie Award or 3? Well, evidently the winners are selected by popular vote. If you are so inclined, please follow this LINK to the ballot and vote for 13th Age in categories Best Game, Best Rules, and Product of the Year. (Then go ahead and place your bets secure in the knowledge that you rocked the vote.) Voting ends tomorrow, so don’t hesitate.
I have a couple years to go before I can say I’ve been a freelance illustrator for over a decade, but I have been doing it long enough to know that receiving any kind of accolade for a project is an extremely rare occasion. So it was much to my delight to discover that 13th Age has been nominated in three different categories including Best Game in the ENnies, The Gen Con EN World RPG Awards. Cause for celebration IMHO, and especially humbled to be considered among the other nominees.
I couldn’t help waxing nostalgic about how I got involved in this project back in 2012. I had no idea how many hours and how much enthusiasm I would foster for the project between then and now. My very first illustration for 13th Age was a pencil drawing of the Archmage, if I remember correctly. You can see this Announcement Post about that piece back then. I was trying to remember which interior piece I worked on first and I don’t know if it was the absolute first, but the Clerics were definitely one of the earliest. These are the clerics as seen on page 188 of the core book: I hadn’t seen what Lee Moyer did to finish this piece until I saw it printed in the book, 2013. You can image what a treat that was for me. My memory of the piece was the pencil version that I handed over to Lee the previous year as seen here: Below is the rough sketch that I submitted to Rob Heinsoo. I hadn’t figured out how I was going to depict those spirits emanating from the male cleric’s magic item, and apparently it was compromised by the Diabolist because demonic spirits seem to be escaping rather than angelic ones! The clerics in this sketch were a bit light on armor for Rob’s taste, so I think he sent me some snapshots of tabletop miniatures for reference, but I can’t find them! It was all the way back in 2012 after all. Seems like Ages ago…
It’s that time of year! Comic creators crawl out from under their rocks to promote comic book literacy at comic shops, bookstores, and libraries! I make a grand event out of the day by shaving most of the fuzz off my face. Tomorrow I can be found at the West Linn Public Library. That’s 1595 Burns Street, West Linn, OR 97068 from 12-5pm. I will have a few freebies and might do some sketching, but when I say sketching I don’t really intend to draw something like this:
I think Steve Ditko might be having a laugh this weekend as Spiderman 2 opens in theaters and all the kids rush to Free Comic Day hoping to get a quick sketch of Spiderman from a hunched over comic illustrator. I don’t think Ditko had the word “quick” in mind when he designed that web pattern on Spidey’s uniform. I hope the kid’s aren’t too disappointed when they get sketches from me that look more like this: There is a possibility they could have a mind altering experience with the likes of this: If things really get out of hand, West Linn Security may be dragging me out of the library once they’ve discovered I’m handing out drawings like this: But, let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. Personally, I look forward to leaving the house and hope to make the most of it. Free Comics at the library! That’s a guarantee, because even if they run out of the free floppies, you can still check something out with your library card! Win Win!
So, the panel teasers that I was milking in my most recent posts will have to remain a mystery for the time being. That book is still my top priority right now, but the pub date has been pushed back significantly altering the marketing for the book in ways that I’m not fully aware of at the moment. This gives me the opportunity to shift the focus of my blog toward a project from last year that I’ve been sitting on while the pieces fall into place. Namely, 13 True Ways, the expansion book to 13th Age! I’ve developed many new illustrations for the project with the artful direction of Rob Heinsoo and Lee Moyer, and Lee stepped in to give life to many of my rough sketches when the deadline crept up on me and collided with what I thought was the deadline for the graphic novel I was also drawing.
Point being, I’ve watched the stats of this blog slant toward my fantasy illustration as the popularity of 13th Age has grown since its release last year. I appreciate the interest and I’m overdue in rewarding the readers who visit my site in search of inspiration for their 13th Age campaigns. For now I’ll be posting things that have been released online here or there, but slightly reformatted to accentuate crunchy details. Ever the process junkie, please bear with me as I revive some material you may have encountered elsewhere.