(Feel free to continue to weigh in, but I wanted to say, THANKS FOR YOUR HELP YOU GUYS!! <3 I have weird ulterior motives and this is all a big help. c: )
It would be so great if you would do a livestream sometime. I remember going to a few of yours and they were so cool. :)
Ahhhhhh gosh thank you!! — I miss doing them too! ;u; My dumb and slow internet doesn’t allow me to livestream right now (I actually struggle to even load gifsets on tumblr sometimes hnnng) but I’m hoping to switch services soon so that I can stream again!
Yo, would you consider doing some kinda tutorial (or suggesting an existing one, I suppose!) for the way you draw buildings and environments? It's really cool seeing your process (I love RW's detailed backgrounds!) but I always wonder how all the crazy perspective works; I'm having so much trouble figuring out this stuff on my own x) Though I realize tutorials take ages and all, so even some quick tips would be cool.
OH MAN I actually really want to do a perspective tutorial at some point — I used to hate it and have somehow gotten to the point of kind of loving it? So I really do want to make a thing to see if I can help other people get it to click the way it finally clicked for me!
I just gotta get the time to sit down and do it, but I’ll try really hard to actually get one made as soon as I can! *u*
Your D&D characters are all really unique and interesting! Where do you get the ideas for them from?
Oh gosh, thank you! I don’t really know that my, like, PROCESS for D&D characters is any different from the way I come up with ideas normally, except my D&D characters are slightly more allowed to be huge sparkling special-snowflake Mary Sues. xD I’ll just read about something and think “that would be fun to play” and then start building a character idea out of that — what circumstances would make that happen, what kind of class would be good for this character, etc. etc.
Usually I end up starting with a problem to give the character, because that’s my favourite part. A lot of times I’m inspired by existing characters — as an example, 24-52, my golem, was actually inspired by the AutoResponder from Homestuck. There’s a part early on where Jake repeatedly asks him “Tell me about the AutoResponder” to force him to give his pre-programmed response to that question and reveal that he’s not a real person. I thought “wow, that would be a fun character — a robot who’s trying to pass as a human but has this programming he has to try to play off or work around” AND THUS TWEN WAS CREATED. Everything else about him just arose as I tried to figure out how to make that idea work and where that character would belong in the world. I’m fortunate to play under a DM with a really developed world, so there’s often a lot to draw from in that area, too!
Sometimes I start with a class, or a weapon, or a particular mechanic (Snaketongue’s Wild Magic or Nephregol’s connection to the Tsochari, and I really like the idea of intelligent items that argue with the carrier but have yet to try this out) but most times I just have this vague personality idea, problem, or circumstance that I think could be fun to play out, but isn’t a whole story in and of itself.
THIS MIGHT SEEM LIKE A STRANGE QUESTION? I just found your tumblr though, and I was scrolling through, and I can't tell, but based on a few comments, are you anosmic? As an anosmic, I can't not ask.
Ahhhh gosh I CAN SEE WHERE YOU MIGHT GET THAT IDEA but alas, I am not technically anosmic! I make comments about my inability to smell, which I’m kinda well-known for among my friends, but it’s more born of a perpetually stuffed up nose than anything. Even when I can breathe through my nose just fine I don’t smell well, but I occasionally can identify scents or, more frequently, can tell that there is a smell but can’t tell if it’s good or bad.
I do suffer some of the downsides - my friends think it makes me a picky eater, and I’ve definitely set things on fire without noticing the smell of burning until the smoke alarm went off - but not as intensely as a true anosmic. STILL. LET US SHARE A NOSE-TROUBLES HIGH FIVE! :”D