Tales from the Sketchbook: Sweet!

A picture paints a thousand words; a picture with context can say a lot about a game; but explanations of the random sketches of an artist-gamer can say the most of all. In this series, I look at the just-had-to-draw-them images distilled from my games: what they are, what they mean, why they demanded drawing, and what techniques and in-jokes went into them.

This one actually wasn’t so much about game as about external factors, but since it’s still game-inspired, it’s fair game, don’t you think?

It began with the removal of a beehive from the backyard, leaving us with about a gallon of honey. Best thing to do with something like that is to give it to people, and since I was getting some face time with one of my players, I figured I might as well give him a jar. (And a bag of artichokes to set up the obligatory D&D 4E joke about orbs of imposition, since he was hosting.)

The player, as you can probably guess, is Sky’s, and, therefore, the player of Sky’s hat. That’s where we got the idea, though we went through several other potential references first. Even with the hat, it took a while to figure out what we were doing until I considered the idea of hat-full-of-Sky taking up beekeeping—tacking on one of those beekeeper’s veils, and doing the rest through the tentacle technique. And that concept, in turn, gave us the name—not only is it overall a bad Sidereal joke, but because of the way the Hat handles its storage, Sky isn’t technically there.

For added confusion, this was a very fast picture, done in the twenty minutes or so before his arrival. As a result, I did it in one copy—pencil, then inking, then coloring.

The picture did what it was supposed to; the honey was good; things worked out.

1 comment

  1. Shinali says:

    Awesome pic (and sid joke)! *glomps the Hat and gets stung*

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