Let’s get this straight: I do NOT like anime. As someone who started out wanting to be a comic-book artist I have no issues with rigid, rule-following art design, nor will I begrudge a group of animators who don’t want to bother animating lip movement. As far as anime is concerned storytelling, the tropes in particular are my number one beef with the art form. Not to mention the portrayal of women is a particular sore spot for me. Anime very rarely has women, to me they all look like girls. That’s just my two cents. I also have no problem with others liking anime.
The Rollplay crew on itmeJP’s Twitch channel once did a one-shot with a system called Maid RPG, a game where the players make characters and play stories inspired by those much beloved anime tropes I so detest. It is in such a fashion that one player ended up with a white-haired, pure vampire, who would carry a bazooka. No, I’m being serious.
As I did for most of the shows at the time, I decided to make a poster of the four player characters in a style as anime as I could possible manage with practically no prior experience in recreating the art style. It is not a place I am eager to visit again soon, but at least I experienced this as well.
Original posting on DeviantArt.
This one sadly never made it past the sketch faze. It was created shortly after I finished watching season one of the Vikings series, and was happy to finally see Norse women done justice. I got the idea there to draw a picture of a Valkyrie offering her hand to a recently fallen viking warrior. So much of this image worked out well that I decided to post it, despite being incomplete.
Original posting on DeviantArt here.
Believe it or not, there once was a time when I truly LOVED the Assassin’s Creed games, and there was also a time when I used to color with Photoshop. I was intrigued by the idea of an Assassin’s Creed game set in 15th century Budapest, during the rule of king Mátyás, so I made these pictures of what I imagined the main character would be like.
These drawings date back to 2013, and the character is based off of my first girlfriend and current best friend, a woman who contributed in no small part to that certain female ideal I bring up all the time. These drawing were drawn traditionally, and colored digitally using Photoshop.
Links to the original DeviantArt posting can be found here: 1, 2, 3.
The first e-sport I ever played regularly was Defense of the Ancients 2 (DOTA 2), a top-down, team based strategy action game, where two teams fight down three lanes of battling minions to try and destroy the opponents’ ancient. The playable hero characters in this game are divided into categories based on which of the three main attributes is their defining one: Strength, Agility, or intelligence. The strength column has (or at least had when I stopped playing) only one woman in its roster: Legion commander.
Commander Tresdin is the leader of the destroyed Bronze Legion, a unit whipped out when responding to a demon attack on the city of Stonehall. She fought the leader of the demonic legion one-on-one, and came out victorious. She since then wonders the land in search of revenge for her fallen brethren, and damned be any who try to stand in her way.
Link to the original posting on DeviantArt here!
Day one of me posting old artwork.
This was basically what really started it all back in September of 2013. A fellow by the name of itmeJP ran a roleplaying show on his twitch channel, and I watched every episode back in the day. My brother, who was much more attuned to internet culture than I was, told me, that I should totally draw some fan art for their show, that it would be really good to get attention. He turned out to be quite right.
Much more talented artists than me were drawing art of the player characters, I felt like I would be just one of the many. Not a bad thing, to be sure, but I still had a desire to stand out. Not many people were drawing art for the Dungeon Master though, so I decided that would be my project. I was pleased to discover that the Rollplay community was very endearing and supportive, and gave me great feedback.
I would go on to draw many player and non-player characters in the future.
Check out the link to the original posting on DeviantArt here!