Evan Dahm

Rice Boy Comics / Benign Kingdom
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Jul 11
Scott’s character Dr. Xantho, a Droyne mad scientist. Droynes are a species in the Traveller RPG, which looks very cool?? First non-fantasy character.

Scott’s character Dr. Xantho, a Droyne mad scientist. Droynes are a species in the Traveller RPG, which looks very cool?? First non-fantasy character.


Jul 10
Vincent’s character Jack Grey, a fastidious bard and former pirate.
Safe to say character submissions are closed; working through all of the drawings now!

Vincent’s character Jack Grey, a fastidious bard and former pirate.

Safe to say character submissions are closed; working through all of the drawings now!


benignkingdom:

Evan Dahm is one of the founding members of Benign Kingdom. He has made a ton of fantasy adventure comics at rice-boy.com, and is currently working on Vattu. He’s done some other odds and ends lately for BOOM! and Paradox Space and Sleep of Reason and draws a lot in general. His little art book is here.

B9: What are you working on these days? Any new releases or releases coming up?
ED: Vattu is the main thing right now; it’s coming to a major turning point and I’ve been chipping away a lot at planning and writing the upcoming parts. I’m also illustrating the Wizard of Oz when I have time, and I’m about halfway through that. And another very big project is kind of in the early stages right now, but I can’t talk about it and shouldn’t because it might not really materialize but we will see!

B9: What’s your favorite piece in your B9 book? Any particular reason?

ED: They aren’t really illustrative but there’s several alien designs I’m very happy with; for a while I was very excited about the idea of making believable but as-weird-looking-as-possible creatures, but I never really figured out anything to do with them. Nothing gets weird enough.

B9: What medium do you work in and why?

ED: Usually brush and ink because it’s versatile and encourages spontaneity; though the Oz drawings are with G-nibs because I want them to look more fiddly and intricate. But I think brushes are the platonic ideal for inking; every other tool can do a fraction of what they can do. And I color in Photoshop because I don’t really understand color and Photoshop is forgiving.

B9: What made you take to art as a career?

ED: I have desperately wanted to do pictures and stories my entire life and I have no idea what else I could even do, and I am so so fortunate to be able to do this. It is extremely important to me to be able to do this. I work very hard but I feel spoiled that I can work on something like this.
B9: Tell us about someone else you think is making cool work right now, maybe someone most people wouldn’t know about?
ED: I don’t follow comics as well as I should. Some artists I am recently fascinated by are Alex Ries, who does intricate scifi art in the tradition of Barlowe. And Killian Eng is good at psychedelia in a way that makes me want to straight-up steal from him.
B9: Tell us about the piece you’re showing us!

ED: Becky drew a gnome so I wanted to draw a gnome too. Do you remember that book about gnomes that David the Gnome was based on? I love that book.


it’s me

benignkingdom:

Evan Dahm is one of the founding members of Benign Kingdom. He has made a ton of fantasy adventure comics at rice-boy.com, and is currently working on Vattu. He’s done some other odds and ends lately for BOOM! and Paradox Space and Sleep of Reason and draws a lot in general. His little art book is here.

B9: What are you working on these days? Any new releases or releases coming up?

ED: Vattu is the main thing right now; it’s coming to a major turning point and I’ve been chipping away a lot at planning and writing the upcoming parts. I’m also illustrating the Wizard of Oz when I have time, and I’m about halfway through that. And another very big project is kind of in the early stages right now, but I can’t talk about it and shouldn’t because it might not really materialize but we will see!

B9: What’s your favorite piece in your B9 book? Any particular reason?

ED: They aren’t really illustrative but there’s several alien designs I’m very happy with; for a while I was very excited about the idea of making believable but as-weird-looking-as-possible creatures, but I never really figured out anything to do with them. Nothing gets weird enough.

B9: What medium do you work in and why?

ED: Usually brush and ink because it’s versatile and encourages spontaneity; though the Oz drawings are with G-nibs because I want them to look more fiddly and intricate. But I think brushes are the platonic ideal for inking; every other tool can do a fraction of what they can do. And I color in Photoshop because I don’t really understand color and Photoshop is forgiving.

B9: What made you take to art as a career?

ED: I have desperately wanted to do pictures and stories my entire life and I have no idea what else I could even do, and I am so so fortunate to be able to do this. It is extremely important to me to be able to do this. I work very hard but I feel spoiled that I can work on something like this.

B9: Tell us about someone else you think is making cool work right now, maybe someone most people wouldn’t know about?

ED: I don’t follow comics as well as I should. Some artists I am recently fascinated by are Alex Ries, who does intricate scifi art in the tradition of Barlowe. And Killian Eng is good at psychedelia in a way that makes me want to straight-up steal from him.

B9: Tell us about the piece you’re showing us!

ED: Becky drew a gnome so I wanted to draw a gnome too. Do you remember that book about gnomes that David the Gnome was based on? I love that book.

it’s me


Jul 9
Conner’s character Aztrid Star-Breaker, a half-orc mage. Most important theme I tried to emphasize was the tension in her between conventional wizardry and uncouth orc magic. Also really tricky to make tusks on a human face not look dumb but I like how this turned out.

Conner’s character Aztrid Star-Breaker, a half-orc mage. Most important theme I tried to emphasize was the tension in her between conventional wizardry and uncouth orc magic. Also really tricky to make tusks on a human face not look dumb but I like how this turned out.


Jul 8
Ok two in one day I guess! This is Andrew’s character SQUIP, a violent mercenary goblin who collects scraps of fabric from the aristocrats he kills.

Ok two in one day I guess! This is Andrew’s character SQUIP, a violent mercenary goblin who collects scraps of fabric from the aristocrats he kills.


The second D&D commission! Dylan’s character Urgdnebbot, a goblin warrior/psion/philosopher. Goblins in her setting are pinkish and wrinkly.
Couple of slots left

The second D&D commission! Dylan’s character Urgdnebbot, a goblin warrior/psion/philosopher. Goblins in her setting are pinkish and wrinkly.

Couple of slots left


Jul 7
The first D&D commission I’ve finished! Paul’s character Penkas, an overconfident halfling thief who steals whatever he can carry and uses two magic daggers.
Still a couple of slots open for commissions. I think I can get one of these published here a day!

The first D&D commission I’ve finished! Paul’s character Penkas, an overconfident halfling thief who steals whatever he can carry and uses two magic daggers.

Still a couple of slots open for commissions. I think I can get one of these published here a day!


A second fifty-page sketchbook just went up on Gumroad. These are some examples of the wide-ranging material therein. There will be more.


Jul 6
DUNGEONS & DRAGONS COMMISSIONS!
I want to draw your character from D&D, or any similar pen-and-paper RPG. I’ll do around 20 of these, and maybe more in the future if it goes well! They’ll be full-body drawings with no backgrounds, as shown in the above illustration of DURGK, the last of the Frog Men.
If you would like one, email me (riceboyart AT gmail !) with whatever description you’d like to give me to work with. Some good things you might want to include are:
Character’s name and/or title!
Race/species, class, similar categorical details!
Attitude/demeanor, and maybe any relevant biographical stuff!
Important weapons or accoutrements!
Familiar or animal companion or anything like that? Within reason?
Central motifs, colors, etc!
My emphasis will be on CLARITY and COHESIVENESS of design & character. If there are tons of fiddly details to include, some might be omitted for this goal. Feel free to emphasize whichever details you feel are central to the character!
Payment will be after the character description is accepted and I start drawing! Prices are firmly 50 USD for a full-color image, with a print-resolution version emailed to you, and an extra 10 USD (15 - 20 USD international) to have the original ink drawing sent to you (probably under 8 by 12 inches).
This is not strictly first-come, first-served; I’ll draw the characters that will be the most fun to draw and I’ll make a new post when all the slots are filled.
I AM EXCITED ABOUT THIS

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS COMMISSIONS!

I want to draw your character from D&D, or any similar pen-and-paper RPG. I’ll do around 20 of these, and maybe more in the future if it goes well! They’ll be full-body drawings with no backgrounds, as shown in the above illustration of DURGK, the last of the Frog Men.

If you would like one, email me (riceboyart AT gmail !) with whatever description you’d like to give me to work with. Some good things you might want to include are:

  • Character’s name and/or title!
  • Race/species, class, similar categorical details!
  • Attitude/demeanor, and maybe any relevant biographical stuff!
  • Important weapons or accoutrements!
  • Familiar or animal companion or anything like that? Within reason?
  • Central motifs, colors, etc!

My emphasis will be on CLARITY and COHESIVENESS of design & character. If there are tons of fiddly details to include, some might be omitted for this goal. Feel free to emphasize whichever details you feel are central to the character!

Payment will be after the character description is accepted and I start drawing! Prices are firmly 50 USD for a full-color image, with a print-resolution version emailed to you, and an extra 10 USD (15 - 20 USD international) to have the original ink drawing sent to you (probably under 8 by 12 inches).

This is not strictly first-come, first-served; I’ll draw the characters that will be the most fun to draw and I’ll make a new post when all the slots are filled.

I AM EXCITED ABOUT THIS


Jun 25

The seven-page story that I drew and Phil Gibson wrote for Paradox Space wrapped up a little while ago; you can read it right here! Here are some nice panels of some Homestuck Locations.

ok!