Picture This

Post It highlighter pensI spent most of the last weekend drawing pictures. Despite my plans to complete the first draft of my planned adventure module, I ended up concentrating on the visuals. In practice, I know I didn’t waste any time here. A picture, as we all know, paints a thousand words – so, I think I managed close to 10,000 words this weekend. Only kidding.

When I read a new book, I appreciate good art. I also appreciate the guidance of a good map, diagram or supporting image. I suspect the business analyst in me drives the need to condense a concept down into a picture. If I can draw it, I probably convey more than if I attempted to write it. Better yet, if I draw it I won’t stumble over the hideous acts of grammar I commit. In all likelihood, I probably should have drawn a picture to get the point across here as well. I suspect my grammar will already have sent a reader or two packing. Or grumbling.

I sat in the kitchen with pad, Sharpie and assorted pencils, and scribbled. I’m by no means an accomplished artist, though I can draw if pushed. I have attempted to tap into the creative side of my brain, but it takes time. Well, it doesn’t take time, it takes a controlled environment – without interruption. I like working in the kitchen because people only really interfere with my work when they get hungry. I also see a lot of green when I gaze up from my notebook or laptop.

I drew a couple of maps, some guidance around drawing your own maps, and sourced a few public domain pictures. I would love to have the resources to get a commission, but if I’m turning out a 32-page adventure module I’m never going to make the money to get the payback. When I write my first major game supplement I’ll think long and hard about hiring an artist. In the meantime, I intend to practice in the hope that I might get good enough at drawing myself to avoid the need to hire anyone!

I have a cover image, but I won’t spoil anything just yet by posting it anywhere. When I have a draft done and dusted, I start promoting the first release with more excerpts and pictures. In the meantime, you can always check on Google+ or Twitter to see what I’m up to and catch a few snaps.

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