Now here’s a question that’s plagued many-a-reader (I get asked this question fairly often. Well not yet, if we’re speaking purely chronologically…): How do you know if you’re a good enough artist to illustrate a board or a card game? If you’re asking this question, there’s one simple answer - you don’t. I certainly didn’t.
What? You can’t admit that online?
PAT: I like these. I think you should do the art.
JASON: Hmmm, okay that sounds fun.
And so we began. I looked through what I’d sketched in tiny and found out my themes - cheeky humor and a heavy outlines. I started amassing some visual research for the things I was drawing, and let myself sketch. As the project started getting bigger, I knew I’d need some better tools. I got them and, well there’s a lot more to it, but that’s another story for a later blog.
So do you think you’re cut out to illustrate a card or a board game? I don’t know, and you probably won’t know. The one thing you will know is that you won’t ever find out if you never try. What do you need? Drive, passion, and some skill at drawing in the first place. But more than anything, you have to want it. You have to drive yourself towards it. Once you get started, the rest of it’s just navigating down the channel, hoping you don’t get eaten by the Kraken.