Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fantasy Character Workshop #009

William O'Connor

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 CharacterWorkshop #009 

Race: Human
Gender: Male
Class: Barbarian
Armor: Chainmail & Shield
Weapon: Spear & Longsword
Missile:  none
Motiff: Celtic

For this challenge I took a different approach than in the past.  I began with wanting to design a viking warrior with all the necessary kit of that iconic character.  Doing research for the historical accuracy of most of the weapons and armor, I decided to stray into the fantastical with the helmet giving this warrior impressive but fantastical horns.