The TableTop Champions, Inktober, and Patreon – oh my!

Irpaks is a bit cranky.

I’ve had the good fortune to be too busy to post much lately, so I thought it was time to catch up. Here’s a bit about what I’ve been up to.

Patreon

I’ve been excited to create a Patreon page for a long time. So much so that I hemmed and hawed over how I should work it. Paper minis or Tokens? Character portraits or monster illustrations? Base it on products, or on time? You get the idea.

So I wiped it down and cleaned it up. I simplified. That has been a solid recurring concept for me over the last few years, and this seemed like another good opportunity to apply that logic.

So for right now, it’s just one tier. $2 / month gets you access to everything. Interested? Check out my Patreon page!

If you would like to see an option / item that’s not there, please let me know!

Inktober 2019

I went a little nuts with Inktober this year. And I also took it easy. While those two may seem to be at odds, they’re really not. What I mean is, I did not just one image each day based on the theme list posted by Jake Parker, but I found a second list that I liked the look of and did a second drawing each day.

To keep myself sane, I kept each drawing to a quick pen sketch. Nothing of significance or very labor intensive.

Still, two images each day proved challenging, which is kinda the point. I really enjoyed it this year, and while I didn’t finish by the 31st, I did finish in under 31 days, so I’m calling it a win.

If you would like to see the images that I did, I created a simple ‘digital sketchbook’ of sorts in PDF format. Let me know, and I can send you a copy.

The TableTop Champions Revisited

Pose thumbnails of Irpaks for Sean to pick from.

Remember when I did that character artwork for the TTC and they liked it so much they put it on their merch?

Well, that was for the Season 3 characters. They’ve pinged me and requested a full lineup for Seasons 2,4, and 5 (the current season). So I’ve been hard at work on that.

I’m trying a process which is a little more labor intensive for me, but I think it will produce something even better for both the players in the show and for their fans. Basically, it works like this:

  1. I create thumbnails of different poses of the individual character. (See an example of Irpaks from S5 in this section.) I send that to the person who plays the character to select a pose or to combine elements from the poses.
  2. I create a rough sketch of the character refining the pose a bit and possibly adding some costume elements and get a second approval from the player. (See the first stage of the image at the top of this post.)
  3. I refine that sketch and ink it digitally (See the second stage of the image at the top of this post.) One more time I check in with the player.
  4. I work through the color / rendering process. Irpaks isn’t quite done, but that last stage above is pretty close.

Like I said – that’s a little more slow going than I normally work, but I’m assuming that these too might eventually become elements for future merch so I’m really focused on making the images something the fans will enjoy and that really portray what the players have in their minds when they play!

I’ll post more here as I complete the images for the TableTop Champs, but in the meantime, you should check out the show if you’re not already familiar. It’s a good crew doing fun sessions and they’re highly entertaining!

Season 5 Character Poses for the TableTop Champions
The ‘final’ poses for each of the TableTop Champions Characters for Season 5
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