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Article Nicole Jekich Viking Woman

Published on June 21st, 2013 | by Nicole Jekich

Art Time With Nicole!

A Blast from the Past!

Hello there fellow tabletop game aficionados! I’m taking today’s article space to have a little informal preview of something a little different we were thinking of adding to the AcrossTheBoardGames.Net experience. About three years ago I had just graduated art school here in Seattle and was looking to make a name for myself as a freelance illustrator. I was very involved with a D&D game ran by our very own Luke, and we used the Obsidian Portal service to host our campaign. As we became more involved at Obsidian Portal, eventually the staff of the website and I began communicating and I did a series of videos for them. These videos took a monster, character, landscape, etc from a campaign that interested me and I drew up an illustration for the group. The video was there to show my thought process while I went through designing a piece and I had a lot of fun doing it.

Nowadays I have a full time job unrelated to art (LOL economies, right?) but I have continued to draw and progress my art. I have a portfolio of more recent work over at my own personal website, which you should totally check out. So, I’m bringing all of this up right now because I think it’d be cool to restart this tradition of making art videos but in the context of AcrossTheBoardGames.Net and the awesome followers we have. Re-listening to the older videos is actually kind of embarrassing to me now because of how slow I sound and how low resolution the screen capture software was– I’d love the opportunity to revisit this really fun project but now with much higher production values, much more engaging voice overs and three more years of artistic experience.

What does this mean for YOU? Well, I have to start somewhere! Here’s how it works: 1) ‘like’ our Facebook Page or ‘follow’ us on Twitter 2) Post links to your Obsidian Portal campaign in the comments below and 3) if I find something that sticks out to me as particularly interesting to draw then I’ll make a video about it for FREE! I’ll make the illustration itself available under a Creative Commons licence which means that anyone who wants to will then be able to use that art in any non-commercial venture, provided that I’m credited. How does that sound to you? Let me know in the comments below.

 






 


About the Author

Nicole Jekich

came from humble beginnings as a Boise suburbanite with a love of Cranium and Trivial Pursuit. She attended an open board game day three years ago and is now an avid gamer and fantasy artist. Her interests are primarily in Dungeons & Dragons, dice placement and Roman-themed tabletop games. Nicole is also a fan of playing games that let her release her inner barbarian. Her favorite game currently is Far Space Foundry.



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