- Spend years mastering the art of sci-fi / fantasy illustration. Perhaps attend art school. Hone your craft until you can fully realize your character on paper just as you imagine them.
- Use Google Image Search and swipe something that looks roughly like how you want your character to look.
For whatever reason, most players take the lazy way and opt for #2, despite the fact that there is a 90% chance they are going to look like a brooding androgynous goth / punk elf holding the wrong weapon.
– Shamus, Monday Sep 25, 2006
That’s funny, I was just thinking the other day how all those AI art programs have taken over D&D character portrait making. I haven’t personally partaken since I have opted for option #1 and spent the last decade and a half I think I just took 4 psychic damage. The idea that I’m old enough to have been doing anything of substance for a decade and a half. That can’t be right. honing a little-used art ability. However, many of the D&D groups I’m in have been overrun by very customized character portraits which suffer from new problems; having the wrong number of fingers and all looking too human. I’m not really here to argue the many ins-and-outs of morality and computer generated art, but I will say the tech is cool, and of all its uses, portraits for D&D tables is likely pretty harmless.
Edit: The words I uttered mere moments ago to my partner: Man, I gotta go check comments. It makes me nervous when I have a post go up AFTER I’ve gone to sleep.
Yup, nailed it. I set up the whole post and managed to forget to actually upload the comic itself. My bad guys, it should be fixed now.
This weeks French comic can be read here.
 I think I just took 4 psychic damage. The idea that I’m old enough to have been doing anything of substance for a decade and a half. That can’t be right.
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