Friday, March 4, 2011

'Bard the Hare Character Sheet'

Here's a character sheet for a game I'm going to be playing in. This is a prototype, and I inked EVERYTHING. The type's a little rough, but it was a good test to see how I could potentially lay out my own character sheets for sale with a game system a friend and I are going to publish some adventures for, through Epic Werkes.The big thing for me with this project was to be able to signify, with images, things that are normally represented with text. I also included the alternate, colour version, and the sheet after I started using it.


  1. That is a lot of work Justin. Love the bunny character.

  2. Thank you, Christina :) I can't get Charles Schultze's words out of my head about creating your own text. Even if this one isn't perfect, that's ok. I can only get better, and this creates an atmosphere for my character. I like the 'feeling' I had when I was creating him. I wanted that to be captured on his sheet, too. It was a lot of work, but totally worth it. It didn't take that long, either. So, it's a good example of how fast I can crank these out for the adventures my friend and I are creating. I will have a template, so the only thing I will need to change is the character, name, and class. All the stats I will fill out by hand, but neatly, so it gives a feeling of game play, that these are characters that have been played.

    Thanks for the comment :)

  3. You are brave, I am very uncomfortable doing hand lettering. I know that many cartoonists feel you should hand letter but I often have too many typos. I would need a gallon of white paint!

    Good luck with your publishing venture!

  4. This is great, Justin! I like the rabbit too —nicely done.

    One comment about the color version:
    If you put a gold highlight on the rabbit's arm, you might try a gold color in the background —over the entire sheet, or just an area behind the rabbit that fades out.
    If flooding the sheet with a warm color isn't possible or desirable, consider making the highlight a more neutral color.

    As it is, the gold highlight creates a real separation between the character and the background, as if he were lifted from somewhere else.

    Other than that, it's peachy!

  5. Thanksm guys! Actually, Chuck, I think you are right. One of the inspirations for this piece were some of Tony Diterlizzi's old Monster Manual illustrations. I was actually noting how he created a fading light/hue behind the character, grounding him on the page, which was largely white space and text. Thank you, that is much food for though :)