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.
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.
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.