And so, for my ongoing Deadlands campaign, I decided to surprise the group with a set of commissioned portraits. I've recently started using Tumblr, and it's a great resource for finding art and artists of all stripes. At some point I began following the work of Arthur Asa, aka regourso on Tumblr, and quite liked his stuff. Then I saw that he offered commissions for character portraits.
Commissioning character portraits is something I've known about for years (anyone else remember those ads in the back of Dragon magazine?), so I decided to go ahead and take the plunge and see how it turned out. Contacting Arthur, I was quoted a very reasonable price and off we went. I sent him a bunch of photos for reference and short descriptions of each character, and tonight (after anxiously awaiting all four portraits being sent my way) I was able to present the finished pieces to my unsuspecting players. To say they were surprised and delighted would be an understatement.
The pieces are presented below, but I just want to reiterate that Arthur does great work at a great rate - if you're looking to commission someone for portrait work, definitely give him a look! If anything, the only point against him is that, like any good artist, he's quite busy and so you might have to wait a couple weeks or more for the finished product...but it's definitely worth the wait!
|Cuad Hoyter Pertullus, Miner and Inventor|
|Kangee Taken-Alive, Lakota Gunslinger|
|Tobias Alvin "Doc" Funk, Veterinarian|
|"Jersey" Lilly, Songbird and Shitkicker|