Friday, May 9, 2014

Audience Participation: The Next Illustration


As I've shown hints of here, artists are diligently at work on material for the Strange Stars book. The only problem is, I can't decide on some of the species and cultures to have them illustrate!. So, I thought I'd see if you guys have any preferences. Here's the list of possibilities with links to refresh you memory:

Atozan - Keepers of the Great Library
Caliban - Vicious sophontophagists
Circean - Psychic witches
Kosmonik - Space-adapted travelers.
Minga - Slave race out to covertly conquer the galaxy
Phantasist - Dream-merchants.
Quicklings - Tiny, fast-living humanoids
Sisterhood of Morrgna - Cloned Amazons.
Virid - Photosynthetic humanoids from a sophont biosphere.
Zhmun - Wealthy invertebrates.

So are any of these guys worthy of illustration? If you have a preference, let me know in the comments.

10 comments:

Tim Shorts said...

While Minga and the Sisterhood of Marrgna are easy picks because you'll have more girly pictures, but my vote is going to the Atozan. Just because I think they are creepy cool.

And I don't see you passing up a chance at a girly pic anyways. :P

Scott Anderson said...

Quickling. I can never get too many humanoid bad guys.

ninjasridingdinosaurs said...

Why not all of the above? Good visuals of alien races are important to a sci-fi space setting.

If there's only room for three of the above, I'd choose the Atozan, Minga, and Quicklings. They're the most interesting.

Trey said...

Thanks guys for your input!

@Tim - Heh, Actually, I was going to have a guy representative if I did the Minga.

@ninjas - Well, cost of the publication and what I have to pay artists are the prohibitive factors.

Patrick Henry Downs said...

I vote for Sisterhood of Morrgna
but I'd also like to see the Zhmun

Chris C. said...

Depends on how many straight humanoids vs. odd- or non-humanoids you have illustrated already (I think the ideal would be a mix). My thinking is that priority should go to types with lots of potential for dramatic/dynamic/expressive images.

So basically if what you need are odd or non-humanoids, I'd go with these in top to bottom priority order:
Zhmun: amoeboids should provide the possibility of distinctly interesting poses
Caliban Ferox: their wrinkled, shriveled faces allow for lots of close-up expression
Minga: what's an RPG book without a little sex appeal?

If what you're short on is more "straight-human-looking" types, I'd go with either of these in no particular order:
Circean Witches: some sort of group ritual that could provide interesting and dynamic poses
Sisterhood of Morganna: combat poses have a lot of potential for visual dynamism

Chris C. said...

Oops, sorry, I put Minga in the wrong list.

ThaBenMan said...

I think the Kosmoniks would be great for a picture. Their entry mentions rune-enscribed ships - I'd love to see that visualized.

Trey said...

Thanks, guys!

Brutorz Bill said...

These are all great, I like the Caliban in particular though. Have I mentioned I'm really looking forward to this!