Tuesday, 11 June 2013

The Art of the Character Sheet

Copyright ©  2013 Mark Kelly
With over 20 years of running role playing games under my proverbial belt the character sheet has seen many forms and incarnations during my campaign and scenarios, but one thing remained constant - character sheet art/graffitti (the above image being a prime example, though I have coloured it in Photoshop, it was scanned from a tatty equipment sheet from a long-since dead character of mine).

So, in the spirit of nostalgia, and the guilty feeling of neglecting the true essence of my blog's origins, I've ventured into the attic and crawled through curtains of silken web, choked on clouds of dust and suffered impaling of many splinters to rummage through numerous boxes for old character sheets of yore.

The first of my 'revived' sheets belongs to an old pal of mine, a very talented fella called Rob. We first met at uni on an Art & Design diploma/foundation course. A skill artist, with a great imagination, Rob was to become one of the group's latter members and solid, dependable player, whose great enthusiasm always made the sessions a real blast. He now works freelance producing 3D models for computer games - oh, how envious am I!?
All images on this character sheet are
Copyright ©  Rob Noyce

My second offering belongs to an amazingly gifted artist, model maker and brilliant leather worker Mark Cordory - by clicking on his name you will be taken to his website, upon which you will be treated to his amazing works :)
Although Mark's stay with the group was short, he immersed himself thoroughly and brought to life a sneaky little rogue character by the name of 'Snam', for whom nothing was safe if it wasn't nailed to the floor... including beds, apparently?
All images on this character sheet are
Copyright © Mark Cordory

And finally, a scruffy offering from a very part-time player whose chaotic trouble-making play style infuriated player and DM alike. I present to you a character sheet belonging to yours truly - a rare thing to behold, indeed.
All images on this character sheet are
Copyright © Mark Kelly

Well, just a little insight to the 'doodles' of players during thinking time when listening to the DM babble on with description and narrative. But what is interesting is the fact these doodles were all done when the players concerned were not actually focused on drawing, but just allowing their minds to wander and their pencils to free-flow.

It's one of the things I loved, and still love, about the role of DM and the rpg scene. Happy dice rolling, folks.

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