Kimilyn

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To Kimi, Until we meet on the fields of Elysium.

One of the biggest reasons I love gaming of all types is the way it brings people together.  I’ve met so many amazing people by simply being interested in a certain video game, or a tabletop game, or even a collectible card game.  Some of the most lasting friendships I have were forged through those shared passions.  You can learn a lot about the kind of person behind the keyboard or on the other side of the table in such a short time.  A lot of it is in their play style and how they react to a challenging situation (or an overwhelming victory).  

Recently I started playing World of Warcraft again to get a little more online hang out time with some real life friends that are more than a little scattered across the country.  In no time I was meeting a ton of new players from the guild and getting to know each of them through chat or over the headset.  

When news that our guildie Kimilyn had passed away broke, I felt compelled to make something to honor a fellow gamer whose own passion for the game and specifically the PVP aspects of it drove me to play a little harder when I was lucky enough to step into a battleground with her.  She was kind, caring, fun, and utterly ruthless on the field of battle.  

Kimilyn’s guild note says it all: “PVP.thats it.PVP.nothing else”

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Triumphy

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Triumphy – Ink and Digital Color

I’ve started doing a little bit of nerdy portraiture based on characters from World of Warcraft.  This piece was commissioned by a friend recently and it was actually a fun exercise working in a this style that I’ve not touched on for a little while.  Digital color and art making has been a struggle but I’ve started feeling more and more at home with my style in the computer.  But with these sort of portraits I feel like it’s a lot lower stress and just allows me to play with technique and handling rather than getting bogged down with concept or even too much with composition.

I’m looking forward to doing more of these and seeing how the style develops from there!

For the Horde!