This week, we have a special treat for our readers. Today, we are highlighting a talented artist and creator: Reddit User Dungeon_Scribe. While most of the art generated by D&D enthused artists are character concepts, Dungeon_Scribe has produce a number of magic items in a printable card form.
I was privileged to be able to interview him and learn more about his creations and processes.
Are you an artist full-time or do you have a job that funds your drawing and D&D habit?
I am working class folk and one of many who surrender sleep for the art and my D&D habits.
Are you primarily a player or a Dungeon Master?
I actually have a good rotation recently. With art taking over, I get to DM less. I do have a current character! He's Samhain the Twiceblessed. He started as an Aasimar Paladin before growing into a totally different direction as a Warlock / Bard. I tried to make someone who by all means should be a dark edgelord but ends up being more of a father-figure mentor. He's also my first multi-class in Fifth Edition and have been having a blast with him.
How long have you been playing D&D?
My gateway to Dungeons and Dragons was Neverwinter Nights in 2003. I absolutely fell in love with the game and its use of the 3.5E mechanics. I was from a rural community and didn't have a gaming scene to get started with. So a PC game was the next best thing. I found its stellar persistent online community and players to be beyond captivating, some of whom I am lucky enough to still talk to. It was the Wild West and also a prototype for what we would consider mainstays, like Roll20 and Fantasy Grounds today.
From there, they taught me the game, and I've been here since!
Your artwork seems to be fixated on Objects of Power, instead of Character Art, which seems to be what most artists into D&D are drawing these days. What inspired you to focus your creative energy into drawing magical items?
There are so many talented artists out there. I am lucky enough to call many of them friends, and they can do in minutes what i do in hours. I am a "Slow Hand", so it came down to time. I used to be able to focus all of my time into a webcomic, which I loved, but the stress got to me after a hard drive failure.
So I fell back into tackling little projects. Items were one of them. I could instill a small bit of art with a story and functionality, then launch it off for others to use in their stories and worlds. I really got into that aspect of creating, and luckily the community did too.
Everyone has a funniest moment in D&D; Would you tell us about yours?
This is a DM moment , but I had made the wonderful decision to give a player a 'Bag of Beans'. You can look it up in the BMG, but it's essentially a less game breaking version of the 'Deck of Many Things'.
The Bard (of course) decided to plant a bean in the middle of combat. Chaos ensues. Little pink toads sprang forth, and I spun the rules a little bit to keep it fresh. Instead of the traditional reaction, everything the toad touched transformed into a different creature for 1d12 rounds. With the toads touching some creatures multiple times, it was pure D&D chaos with my favorite group.
Enemies and Players were getting stat blocks left and right, turning a small encounter into something so much bigger. From a sphinx battering an ooze across the ancient stone wall to a player realizing that he had been cut in half as a shambling mound and was now controlling both pieces of it. Small, barely sentient creatures were suddenly wielding the power of iconic D&D monsters, and the battlefield was changing by the moment. A true D&D on-the-fly moment with rolls and improv telling the story in earnest. After the enemies finally died and all the toads had been expended, the players eventually regained their original forms.
As the DM, I loved it so much that everyone carried over a specific trait from the last monster form they held onto their character sheet. Essentially gaining a monster feat, which was something that i had never tried. it really left an effect on me.
Do you work commissions? If so, then where would one go to order a commission?
I do take commissions on occasion. However, I am currently holding off on them until March due to special prep for C2E2. I have a breakdown of pricing that I send via Reddit or Email. Either are the best / preferred ways to reach out.
Are there any new projects you are working on that you would like to tease or promote?
I am working on getting printable versions of my cards up and available, as well as a resourced home for the digital versions in earnest. It's a big undertaking, and it will also be the first project largely focused on the Patreon platform. Pretty excited about that.
This concludes our interview. We will follow back up with Dungeon_Scribe in the future when he starts producing more work! Enjoy viewing the rest of his best works! Thanks for reading!
~ Paddy Bardic