Working as a fantasy illustrator for over twenty years I have created hundreds (maybe thousands) of fantasy characters. When I was a student I would draw the characters of all the players in my gaming group. later working for various games I would be commissioned to illustrate and design characters from stories. As an artist many of these commissions became derivative to the point of becoming boring (Dwarf Fighter with an Axe, Elf Ranger with a Bow, etc.) so I strove to change things up and make sure that I was always coming up with new combinations. I created my Random Character Generator. (attached below). This was based upon the appendixes that were listed in the back of the D&D Dungeon Master's Guide when I was a kid. I started using this generator routinely, and still employ it when creating characters and when teaching character design to students.
This series is intended to use my generator to create characters on a regular basis to share the process with you. I will try to be as faithful as possible to the attributes that are created, as the series is meant to challenge my skills, and make the characters as difficult as possible.
Fantasy Character Workshop #001
Handedness: Dual Handed
Weapons: Rapier/ Sickle
Equipment: Reliquary, Spurs, Compass, Torch
As a two handed weapon wielding character, and wearing ringmail, the design of this character needs to be fairly fleet looking. Flowing hair and cloak will help in this aesthetic. While a slick design might be a good first thought the inclusion of the wolf motif, the sickle and the compass details made me think that this character would be more ranger-like. The sling was tucked into his belt, the compass strapped to his wrist and the spurs, brought this Mongul-esque character into focus.