The Art of Cheyenne Wright

Figure Design

One of the sort of 'invisible' jobs that I get hired a lot for is designing figures for role-playing games. In some cases the art I make is never seen by anyone but the art director and the sculptors --  They tend to be rough and the point is just to act as an interceptor between the writer of an adventure and the the next guy down the production line.

Other times the art is used for what's  called a Figure Flat (AKA Paper Mini's, or Cardboard Heroes, etc). These are sheets of printable illustrations of characters and monsters to use on your gaming table as figures. Usually only an inch or two high. I've drawn a lot of them over the years...

Like a video game

"What if this world IS a simulation. Like a video game."

I spent all day today in cognitive dissonance. Feeling sorrow and anger over the events in Orlando while watching the E3 live feed of people in LA drooling over the latest video game shoot'em up. (while I painted blood and gore for the latest RPG project that pays my rent)

VR was all the rage at E3 today, and I started thinking about Elon Musk's comments about the very high chance that we are not in a real world but a simulation of one made by some other culture. About seven hours in as the crowd cheered for the latest installment of GOD OF WAR - I had a moment of clarity..

"What if this world IS a simulation. Like a video game. But we aren't here for 'fun'. We were put here because we are too toxic for the rest of society. We are a penal colony of killers and war mongers. Forced to live desperate lives, filled with hate and despair, over and over, until we can prove that we don't want it anymore. Our only way out to find the true path of peace, wisdom, and forgiveness."

This thought was immediately followed by "Oh... we are fucked"

Crypticon 2016 Autopsy

Well Crypticon Seattle 2016 is over and I had a scary good time.

Sales were slow but this was a new market for me. I had never attended a horror convention before and going in blind was always a worrisome aspect of this experiment. There seems to be very little overlap between my fan base and the attendees of Crypticon. But where others may see that as a downside - I see it as untapped potential. I just need to retool my set up. Work up a few new ideas that better serve the tastes of the horror fan, and I think I could make a real go of it next year. Assuming that there IS a next year.

My rough polling of other venders suggests that sales were down for everyone. Having never been before I can't say if attendance was lower than normal ~ but one insider did say that the con didn't do as much promotion or advertising as they have in the past - and with so many other events happening on a memorial day weekend perhaps that had a dampening effect on the crowds.

On the upside, the fans that did come seemed very happy to be there. Spirits were high, and the media celebs that were in attendance were very friendly and approachable. Including Cassandra (Elvira) Peterson. Whom my wife and daughter got to meet and chat with. (I did not sadly - I was chained to the booth all weekend trying to make back the cost of the table and the few times I went on walkabout, the line for the Mistress of the Dark went out the room and down the hall.) 

I made one new print for the convention. It was of the "Sassy Lassie with the Classy Chassis", and my wife managed to give one to her personally. whereon, I'm told, it was praised for capturing Elvira's classic valley girl sneer that few fanart depictions ever go for.

If you'd like one of the only remaining prints for your dungeon wall, head on over to the Art Print Shop and pick one up while they last. I only have (at the time I'm writing this) eight left and when they are gone I do not plan on making more.