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Stephen Nickel  Fantasy Illustrator & Character Designer Hire me to draw your DnD character, or other project! stevesketches@yahoo.com Come hang out while I work!

Happy Friday all! Go follow @tomasoverbai ! He's an old friend from our time back in California! He has a standout style with pencil that he uses to create fantastic caricatures and portraits of pop culture icons. All of them are instantly recognizable and wonderfully stylized! He's a hard working con-goer, and that's how we stumbled upon each other at ECCC. He was kind enough to give my wife and I badges for Saturday, so I could meet a bunch of other cool artists! Super grateful! Great artist, great guy, go support him! :D

I am always open for commissions, and there is only about a week left to get on the list at my current rates! Those commissions on my list before April will keep my current rates, friendly heads up!

It was awesome spending time visiting ECCC this year, the input we got from other artists is really going to help my wife and I as we figure out which options work best for us. We plan on selling prints in the not too distant future, let me know if there is anything specifically that you would want to purchase so we can better know where the interest is!

This samurai was from a little while ago, but last time they were posted at half resolution, so hopefully you enjoy them at 1080! :D
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Happy WeDnDsday all! My commissions are open, always! Email me SteveSketches@yahoo.com for my rates and options!
I like to think I am fairly accommodating for my clients. This one was to be a gift, and I didn't have a whole lot to go on, aside from the sketches by the eventual recipient. The gifter knew that it was a kid dragonborn, and not a tiefling- I double checked! They had an acid breath attack, and eventually we figured out it was likely a copper dragonborn. I did my best to draw their character as they saw them in my style. I hope they like it, and that they recognize their shirt is verdigris patina!

Again, a friendly heads up that my rates are going to increase after the end of the month, those commissions who get in ahead of the change will keep my current rates!
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Happy #demonday all! Email me SteveSketches@yahoo.com for my commission rates and options! And check out the other demonday artists @petebreakers @hellpug @derfado @dredgrave_ @nina_dailysketchingjourney @mizu_67 @neon.boom @zet_painter_arts @unclejamesart @che_rigas @arte_kanappe.1022 @visitorsart
and check the hashtag for any that I may have missed!

This demon and the next five demondays (at least) are heavily inspired by Paul Richard's demon designs. I also got the chance to meet him at ECCC this weekend, he's a really nice guy!

I spent about 6 hours drawing 6 demon sketches for demondays, this is the first of them that I drew and my least favorite. This one there's really not a lot that makes it interesting. It's just a human skull with some disproportional horns sticking out from some weird unnatural angles. I almost scrapped it entirely, but I'm leaving it in to show that the design process starts slow, and gets gas once you get into a real groove. It wasn't until the sixth sketch that I really started feeling good about my work. In future exercises I need to work harder at going beyond six designs, the sixteenth or sixtieth would be so much more interesting than I came up for these! Boredom breeds creativity, exploration and risks! Repetition demands innovation to avoid stagnation! For the next group of sketches I am going to try to go to something less dark, like dragons or something.

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Happy followfriday all! Go follow @matthis_draws ! I LOVE the world he is building! the trees, the bugs, the frog people! My wife loves his work too, so cute! He often posts animations of his work process and I geek out over each one!
My commissions are always open! email me SteveSketches@yahoo.com for my rates and options! Friendly heads up- my prices will be rising at the start of next month, but anything that gets on the commission list before then will retain my current rates!

This Anhur Star Lancer skin was one of my final pieces for SMITE- I even updated my signature around this time! It's very Stargate, and I always mix up the name of this skin and the one for Anubis, stargazer! Some of my favorite design elements weren't picked for the final version. There are some articles out there written on how concept artists can trick their art directors into picking their favorite designs without them knowing it- no such luck in this case! Also I didn't like the feet, I don't think anyone did- the 3D modellers must have had fun with them! In any event I hope you like the sketches and final design!

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Happy WeDnDsday all! My commissions are always open, email me SteveSketches@yahoo.com for my rates and options! My rates will be increasing at the start of April, but anyone who gets on the commission list before then will be at my current rates. Friendly heads up!

Drawing heavy armor is one of my favorite things to draw! I am always happy when it is commissioned as a cel shaded or full render, then I get to really make it pop with the highlights! If you are curious about my process, I have a few stories pinned to the top of my page, "My Process" is a little more of an overview while Art Tips is a little more in the weeds, with how I color under the lines and how I add layers of shadows and highlights for cel shaded characters. I hope it's useful! I was really happy when I learned a method that was in between flat colors and a full render. Some people like jumping right into the rendering from the get go, and that's totally fine! There's more than one way to draw! I don't stick to my method when I am doodling, but for commissions, it really helps keep my hours spent much more consistent!

For example, I don't have a record of exactly how long this character took for me to make, but since it is a cel shaded character without a background or anything additional, I know it was around 8 hours of work. This includes everything from reading the character's description to the final adjustment layers. The last time I posted him, he was posted at half resolution. I hope you like him at full 1080!

Also I stream all my work on Twitch! I am putting about 6 hours in each day to do commission work, and if I am up for it, another 2 or so of personal work later. Come hang out! Twitch.tv/stevesketches
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Happy #demonday all! Go follow @ninas_dailysketchingjourney @arte_kanappe.1022 @dredgrave_ @unclejamesart @bucrane.draw @raftuca @petebreakers @arealdesigncynic @raposice @visitorsart @jennyspiritus @zet_painter_arts @neon.boom @derfado and check the hashtag for the other artists who joined in on the weekly prompt!

This is another sketch for the Battle Chasers design competition a few years back. I wanted to make a 'Spirit' creature that was different from the other creatures of that type that I had seen before! I figured smoke would pour out from the mouths, and that its movement would be really interesting, being carried by a disembodied skeletal hand. Again, I leaned heavily on Paul Richards and Joe Mad's previous designs to stay thematic. I could have designed it a little better, but for a quick sketch I think it's pretty evocative!
I am always open for commissions! Email me SteveSketches@yahoo.com for my options and rates. My rates will be increasing for commissions initiated after the start of April. So if you would like to commission something at my current lower rates, please contact me sooner rather than later!
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Happy Saturday all! Go follow @nowhere.the.dreamer ! They're getting crazy good under all of our noses! I love seeing sketchbook progress, it's a super personal journey. Nobody has to share their sketchbooks, it's the safe place to practice the things you need to improve on, but they're doing great work! I miss drawing more in sketchbooks... In any event, their samurai sketches are dope, including one shared as a story today! Looks like they're developing great fundamentals! The most recent post has some great perspective and movement- you can tell what's going on right away because of the poses! I look forward to seeing their growth from her, go and cheer them on!

This Grog is my first piece of Critical Role fanart. I love Grog and I have always been a huge Travis Willingham fan, so it was a natural place to start. Travis saw it and said he liked it, so I was over the moon a the time! I look back on it fondly, but know I could do much better today than I did back then- that's really the only downside to improving as an artist! haha

My commissions are open, as always, email me SteveSketches@yahoo.com fir my rates and options! You can watch me draw, or watch full length recordings of most of my previous work on my twitch channel, Twitch.tv/SteveSketches , hang out if you're free!

Mrs. Steve has been feeling under the weather recently, so I have been on baby duty. Sorry for being slow to respond lately!

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It's F@#&;!ng Thursday all! I do not use commission slots, I'm always open, email me SteveSketches@yahoo.com for my rates and option!

Critical Role's Kickstarter is well past $5M USD as of the time of this writing, and they're really piling on the rewards! It's really inspiring to see, it is a symbol for the strength and passion of this community! It reminded me there are a couple pieces of fanart that I haven't yet shared really anywhere, here's one of them!
I have had a mostly positive experience with Critical Role, only really not liking when characters don't end up arching or when the entire party appears to be made up of anti-heroes and worrying that (my hero) Travis Willingham's character soul is going to be owned by an Eldritch horror! But that's OK, life is complicated, and so are DnD adventures!
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Happy Tuesday all! Congrats to Critical Role and @titmouseinc on their immensely successful Critical Role Kickstarter! I owe a LOT to Critical Role (and Stranger Things) for bringing about the DnD Renaissance and allowing a schmuck like myself to make a living drawing people's DnD characters!

As a tiny show of support, appreciation, and congratulations, I drew Grog in their animation's art style! I hope you guys like it! If you're a fan of Critical Role, or DnD, or fun in general, and you for some reason haven't heard about the Kickstarter, go check it out! They hit $1M in 1 hour, and now it's on to the stretch goals! Good luck guys, and congratulations!
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Happy #demonday all! Check out the hashtag! Email me SteveSketches@yahoo.com for commission rates and options!

Go follow the frequent Demonday posters!
@ninas_dailysketchingjourney @arte_kanappe.1022 @dredgrave_ @unclejamesart @bucrane.draw @raftuca @petebreakers @arealdesigncynic @raposice @visitorsart @jennyspiritus @zet_painter_arts @neon.boom @derfado

I have over 9000 commission slots open (unlimited)! Also, my rates will be increasing this April, and any commissions added to the list before then will be at their current rates.

I'm super proud of how this Agni skin's final render turned out back in the day. I put so much time and effort into getting the textures right. Designing for Agni was always fun because the two heads always added an extra wrinkle of interest, needing distinctly contracting expressions! I even enjoyed designing the feet haha! On the other hand, the back I ended up needing help on from another artist with better design sense. I had all kinds of wacky ideas for the back, but they were all rejected in favor of a way simpler idea. .
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Happy Sunday all! My commissions are open! Email SteveSketches@yahoo.com for my options and rates!

I have over 9000 commission slots open (unlimited, technically). But in April I will be raising my rates, but commissions added to the list before then will be at my current rates, this is just a friendly heads up for those interested!

This is the other Eternal card I did art for. I preferred the original design before changes were requested. I thought the original had more character, humor and flair- and more volume as well. The dinos were small, I could incorporate them all around him, in the foreground, midground and foreground. Overlapping elements in a picture give it so much more depth! But you have to really have them overlap significantly, rather than just sharing an edge to create a tangent. Tangents will cause confusion in the picture- are those two things touching? The final version is more rendered, and the dinosaurs are meaner and cool, but clearly only in the background. .
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Happy Friday all! Go follow @franciscokobo ! His work is totally awesome! Great variety with a consistent punchy style! The snek dude (shown in today's story) is one of my favorites of his! It's also really cool that he went back to his Inktober work to add color to them, it's all really good stuff!

I have over 9000 commission slots open (unlimited)! Email me SteveSketches@yahoo.com for my rates and options. Currently I have 4 months worth of work, and that's been a steady amount for the past couple of years, so if you're interested, the line isn't getting shorter! Also, my rates will be increasing this April, and any commissions added to the list before then will be at their current rates.

I have gotten a few messages the past few weeks asking about my shoutouts- if people were paying for them. To be clear, nobody has ever paid me for a shoutout, nor have I ever paid for one. All the way back to when I started this account 6 months ago, I was giving shoutouts to friends and artists that I thought were doing great work! I'm going to continue doing so, because other artists aren't competition, they're peers! I have gotten immeasurable support from the artists here and on Twitch, I'm doing all I can to pay it back.

This cel shaded Half Elf (Half Drow) Paladin was one of my first posted to Instagram, back when I thought the resolution was half of what it actually is. Hopefully the details are a little clearer this time! He took a bit over 8 hours to complete, with the armor being a little more complicated than typical.

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