RPG Character Illustrations, creators of role-playing game character portraits kindly offered me a chance to try their service. I quickly accepted and here is my review of the process from start to finish. I visited rpgcharacterillustrations.com and followed the site’s prompts. The first step is to enter information about your character; race, age, height, weapons, equipment, etc. into a form. Thinking that too much information is better than too little for an artist, I entered relatively deep descriptions and one special request. Trask has an unusual power source; cheese. Tyromancy uses cheese and cheese curds to foretell the future, so I needed a cheese theme for my portrait. I included this special request in the notes section of the form and clicked onward.
Choosing an artistic style and artist is the next step. Options include, black and white, basic color and full color, so I chose the “full color” option. Prices range from $15.00 for the black and white and up to $60.00 for the full color. I chose the full color option and clicked submit. A few hours later I received an inquiry clarify some aspects of my submission and offering a suggestion. Specifically, the rpgcharacterillustrations.com representative suggested I use a specific kind of knife as my primary weapon…a cheese knife of course! I happily accepted.
Two days pass….
I received the image below.
These images are the pose and facial ideas from the artist. Choosing one of each would give the artist some direction and make sure they were on the right track. I had difficulty choosing because I really liked the “B” and “C” poses. The idea of Trask after a mighty battle contemplating his wheel of cheese appealed to me. It was a melancholy image to my mind. That said, I went with pose “B” because it would show off the weaponry and cheese in a more heroic light. Choices made, I responded to the artist and two days pass.
Behold Trask, The Last Tyromancer! (Click on image for larger version)
The illustration speaks for itself. I loved it! It looks amazing and integrates all of my requests, including the well-placed wheel of cheese. The image is 5 megabytes (compressed here to speed page loading) and 3629 × 4000 in dimension. Resolution is high enough to guarantee a nice print out, should you want a hard copy.
I am extremely pleased with rpgcharacterillustrations.com work on this character illustration and will use them in the future for other character portraits. Total time for the project from submission to completion was 6 days. I cannot complain at all about the turn around time. I highly recommend rpgcharacterillustrations.com if you are in the market for a character portrait.
Trask, The Last Tyromancer
Full Disclosure: I receive this service to no cost for review purposes.