If you see me posting in the comments here on the blog or over on Twitter, or on EN World or the like, you may notice a new avatar.
Since shortly after I started the blog, I had been using this image as my avatar:
You may recognize it as the Rune of Terror from the room full of zombies on the first floor of the Keep on the Shadowfell. I used it because it was the first thing I had drawn myself that looked at all respectable (even though it was my attempt at recreating something that another artist had drawn). Ironically, I never got to use that image in-game, as the group that I was running through the Keep ended up not being able to play any more.
I’ve felt for a long time that I’d like something better. I’ve asked a couple of friends of mine who are artists if they would be interested in a commission from me, and none of them really were. Then I saw James Stowe’s offer to do commission work. I really enjoyed the character sheets he had created for his kids, and I like the cartoon aesthetic, so I commissioned him to do a couple of pieces for me.
The first is a portrait of my beloved bard, Factotum. I think James nailed this one.
The second is an avatar of me, Michael the OnlineDM. I sent James the link to this picture of me and asked if he had any inspiration about how to get the “online” part of my name across. I think he came at it in a brilliant way:
So, don’t be confused if you see a little cartoon guy in a computer screen box instead of a rune of terror – it’s still me!
And if you’re an artist who might be interested in commission work for a banner for my blog, I’m offering to pay! Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re looking for work and think you might be able to come up with something good.