That's right! Thanks to all your support and business, I've been able to start working on Sketchgoblin full time. My first day being today - It's been great so far, I get to hang out at home with my cats, and a cup of tea, drawing all your characters all day long!
Now that I can get a lot more work done each day, expect a lot more cool stuff from the shop soon!
Thanks again to everyone for making this happen.
What's next for the Limited Edition Print's - That's right! More Cats!
For those who love cats and Tabletop Roleplaying games, here's one for you.
The perfect print to hang above your favoured tabletop roleplaying area.
In stock for a limited time, so get in quick!
We've hit a milestone on social media last week, achieving 200 followers on Sketchgoblin's Instagram account. Amazing! Sure, it may not seem like many compared to Robbie Williams' 1.2 million, but that's only because I'm not as smooth as that beautiful man.
Because of your encouraging support we've decided to do a GIVEAWAY as a celebration! Jump onto the Sketchgoblin INSTAGRAM page for more details on how you could win a free Character Card!
That's right, the best time of year is here - The day everyone gathers together online to collectively appreciate cats! To celebrate this excellent day I have added a limited time product to the store.
My cat loves our weekly tabletop game night. She watches us from a distance while the campaign commences around the table, waiting for the evening to end, so that once the players have left she can jump up and knock all of the dice off the table.
Free Character Sheets
The perfect addition to your campaign! For all those wanting to keep consistency in Sketchgoblin style, grab a Character Sheet from the 'Orders' page. I currently have three colours available for download, and there's even a place for your unique Character Card to sit.
Thanks to all those who've supported me and helped Sketchgoblin grow.
I couldn't recommend it enough - I do it all the time! Find a character that you like the look of from my gallery and print them out to use in your campaign. It's great for those who you're introducing to tabletop RPG's and don't currently have a character, or for beginner one-shot games.
They can even make for great NPC visuals.
There are even more characters to look through and steal on my social media sites!
For those DM's who unfortunately don't get a piece of the action when it comes to ordering personalised Character Card's, the next exciting project I'll be working on is just for you.
I plan on making my way through the current D&D Monster Manual, illustrating Character Cards for each creature noted inside, so you can play and present encounters with visual assets.
Why are Character Cards so popular? I've wondered this all year - I originally thought "Gosh Deej, you've done it again, you've gone and made another world class product", but after setting aside my self-admiration and reading many articles online, I came to a different conclusion.
It seems before 5th Edition Dungeons & Dragons, the game focused strongly on strategic combat positioning, relying on the use of miniatures. With the current edition, however, the developers shifted the focus onto the storytelling aspects, creating a game of conversation and imagination.
It was the wild characters and fun social components of Dungeons & Dragons that had me hooked, but I still went home and illustrated my first character after the game.
Even though I never used a miniature, I still wanted a token for myself - something personal and unique I could use and bring to each game.
And thus, the mighty Character Card was born, wondrous and shiny; a most brilliant stylized creation.
On an unrelated note - Here's everyone's favourite villainous bard, Jareth.
Personalised characters are more rewarding to illustrate than anything else I do. You may look at a character illustration on my site and think 'I don't like the messy hair or her weird looking hand', but to the individual who plays as that character, they cherish the memories and stories of how 'An evil shaman cursed me with bed hair' or 'I sacrificed my hand to save the party'.
The visuals remind players that the weird or ugly aspects of their character are as much a part of their character as the regular aspects, and can mean even more.
Small moments within the game are what make every individual character unique - whether it's defeating the bad guy solely to loot them of their leather bomber jacket, or slowly staging character development throughout the campaign.
I understand the small details often mean the most when I'm emailed with descriptions and backstories, so I try my best to expose as much of those defining traits as I can.
I've been working on an illustration lately, which shows the different available classes in Dungeons & Dragons 5E, and so far I'm pretty happy with it, so I thought I'd give you all a peek before I release it on the site.
The internet is an amazing place for inspiration - I often find a lot of armour and clothing references on pinterest or across the web. For this current illustration I was inspired by a desktop screensaver I found on Google Images while I was searching 'Naruto Desktop Screensavers'. That's right, and I'm not even ashamed of that Google search, Naruto is an awesome anime.
I'll have the classes in alphabetical order like they are in the 5e Player's Handbook. I'm only a third of the way through the illustration, and still have tweaking on the current classes - but let me know your thoughts! I'd be interested to hear what you all think so far.
Some of you may know I run a weekly D&D campaign at my place with my brother's and high school friend. This week we'd finally built up to a big boss fight. The players had just levelled up, and after discovering the Baron that they were working for was corrupt, they decided to spend an entire hour and a half perfecting a battle strategy which utilized each of their particular skills in order to take him down. One of them even decided on a witty pun to use during the stage in the battle-plan where he got to drink his Potion of Growth.
The players were in the Barons throne room, ready to confront him, with the Fighter sitting on the Barons throne while the Rogue and Monk hid in their designated areas to catch the Baron by surprise. I thought this was great - I had prepared an entire evil scheme to reveal within the Barons pre-battle speech, everything was leading up to an epic fight scene. Unfortunately a few of the city guards caught them in the throne room and, after causing a stir, the players ended up having to leave.
As the players were leaving, the Baron enters in full armour, catching them unprepared. I begin to spout my well-versed diabolical speech and only manage to get one line in before the Fighter throws away all memory of their battle plan, casts an electrified Chromatic Orb at the Baron, sprints full speed while drawing both short swords, and cleaves straight through him. He somehow manages to roll three natural 20's in a row right in front of our eyes, and the highly anticipated boss battle was finished in one move.
Wow! Nobody was disappointed. I'd adjusted the challenge rating for the fight, but the dice rolls in that one move were just so high. It was unexpected and brilliant.
Here's a little something from an order I've been working on today.