Here’s the conclusion of the 13th Age countdown in one swift post.
13…Attack on Boltstrike Pillar: the color version and the original charcoal drawing.
12…Unpublished early concept drawing of Sorcerers of The Three (see the 13th Age GM Screen for an updated version)
11…Pencil drawing of 2 halflings sharing a pipe in Twisp (toned final art on page 280 of the core book)
10…The drawing for the cover of the core book on toned watercolor paper and a detail from the concept sketch.
9…Detail of the original charcoal art for the Gnome class in the core book (page 68)
8…An unwelcome guest in the king’s court. The painted version by Lee Moyer (found in 13 True Ways) and the original drawing.
7…Adventurers went to heaven…after some faerie trouble. (Illustration on page 121 of 13 True Ways)
6…Original drawing on toned paper (color version in 13 True Ways)
5…Dance of the Dead. A drawing from 13 True Ways with some recent color alterations.
4…Revised color on an illustration in the core book (page 40) and detail of the original drawing on toned paper.
3…Kobold guardians of Drakkenhall. Original acrylic painting for the illustration on page 127 of 13 True Ways.
2…Darkness Horses from the forthcoming 13th Age in Glorantha.
1…Unused concept drawing for the Battle Captain seen on page 29 of 13 True Ways.
Emerald City Comic Con is coming up the end of this month, and the 13th Age crew will be there — Rob Heinsoo and our volunteer GMs will run demos, and I’ll be in the Artist Alley.
I’ve had to turn commission requests down within the past year due to my work schedule, but I’m making the time in the weeks leading up to the convention to do some!
If you’re interested in getting an original drawing of your favorite 13th Age Icon or character, please email me at aranmcconnell(at)hotmail(dot)com with “COMMISSION” in the subject line, to pre-order yours now.
Here’s what I’m offering:
- A black and white single character sketch, full figure or head (like the icons below), 9″x12″ for $50.
Anything beyond that, such as a character along with an icon, is going to cost at least $75 and will depend on the complexity of the image. I think we’ll both be happiest with a straightforward concept that is boiled down to the elegant essence at the core of a character. The sketches at the bottom of the post were done with that sentiment in mind.
So, if you’re planning to be at ECCC please consider signing up for a demo of 13th Age and pre-ordering a sketch! Pre-ordering is the best way to ensure that you’ll be able to get a sketch.
The last time I attended a convention was PAX in Seattle last year and it was a good time. At one point, Lee Moyer and I were both at the table drawing collaborative sketches based on suggestions from fans of 13th Age. The two examples shown at the top of this post are The Leviathan, described to have a “lobster-esque body with the torso and head of a man, braided beard and eyes without pupils,” and an “11 year old sorcerer girl with ties to the Elf Queen.”
We were able to work on suggestions like these at PAX because the “commission craze” hasn’t really caught on there like it has at ECCC. At the Comic Con word is out that artists are willing to do sketches for money…surprise, surprise. The pre-order concept has been a popular solution for the artists who want to do more commissions than they can accomplish in a single weekend.
Thank you, and I hope to see you in Seattle!
I intend to continue posting behind-the-scenes development of the key Icons from the upcoming RPG 13th Age (at least the images that are, at present, available online). Here’s the description of the Lich King from the 13th Age press release: ” The Lich King was a powerful wizard who ruled the land in ancient times, and has risen from the dead to reclaim it.” Here he is in all his undead glory as reanimated by the incredible coloring talents of Lee Moyer. As you trace his development backwards you’ll notice that my original thumbnail had him more “freshly dead” or zombie-like, if you will, but our final version of the Lich King has been dead long enough to have decayed significantly.
And now a *Bonus Image*! Here’s a Lich as envisioned by D.A. Trampier in the Advanced D&D Monster Manual by Gary Gygax circa 1977. And with that I’m suddenly inspired to get back to the drawing board.