Kickstarter T-Shirt Art Teaser!

The lovely sorceress known as Sara.

The lovely sorceress known as Sara.

We’re one week away from launching our Kickstarter and are so excited that we couldn’t wait to share a peek at the art for our Dungeons & Dancers shirts! Sara—our designer extraordinaire and LXBD performer—took a moment away from putting the finishing touches on the art to give us a look into her creation process.

One of the classic modules that Sara and Emily’s mom DMed. Fortunately for our arachnophobic fans, there are no spiders in the Dungeons & Dancers shirt art. 😂

One of the classic modules that Sara and Emily’s mom DMed. Fortunately for our arachnophobic fans, there are no spiders in the Dungeons & Dancers shirt art. 😂

How did you decide on the design for the Dungeons & Dancers Kickstarter shirt?

As soon as we decided to have a shirt as a reward for the Kickstarter, I knew I wanted to do an illustration that evoked the old line art in D&D manuals showing the characters in the middle of an encounter. We [Emily and I] grew up with parents who played AD&D and the cover images and art from those books feels so nostalgic and special, so I drew a lot of inspiration from that.

What is your design process like?

My process is pretty straightforward. First, I look for reference photos on Pinterest; then I freehand the drawing in mechanical pencil while looking at pictures on my phone. I erase most of the pencil with a rubber eraser, then use Faber Castell pens to ink. Once I'm done I'll scan the physical images and composite them in Photoshop, then add text at the very end. I drew each character separately because I like to work big and it's hard to scan large sheets of paper!

Wow, that sounds like a lot of work! How much time would you say you’ve put into this project?

When I'm done, I estimate that this project will have taken me about 25 hours to complete. Though the base sketches came together quickly, I'm a very slow inker. But I don't mind because I love the entire process!

Okay so the real reason we wanted to talk—can we see some of what you’ve been working on??

Of course! Here are some images I took to document my progress:

What do you think of the design? Let us know in the comments! We can’t wait to share the final product with you and we hope you’ll love it just as much as we do. Don’t forget to check back in on June 25th when the Kickstarter is live so you can grab a Dungeons & Dancers shirt. 💜