This week I am doing something different from my usual photodoodles. Over on one of my other sites, “Ed Plays Games” I am putting up information on a roleplaying campaign I am working on for Dungeon World, called Land of 10,000 Gods. Its an attempt to make a Dungeon World campaign with the flavor of the Indian subcontinent rather than Europe. In Dungeon World characters originate in playbooks of various archetypes. I want to provide illustrations for my different archetypes, so I thought I would photodoodle them!
Today: the Artist-Adventurer. This is a take-off of the more traditional bard. Street artistry was and is very common in India, and there is great variety in terms of performance. I wanted to move away from the archetypical lute strumming bard and include different types of street theater to the class – including puppets!
Original is of master puppeteer G. Venu.
After fiddling with colors, I thought I would do some B&W. I am not much of a portrait photographer, but I do like a good, high contrast B&W portrait. For this one I searched for public domain B&W photographs online, found this one on Instantshift, and then modified it in GIMP by using two layers – one of Ink Wash and a transparent layer of Hard Sketch (with inverted color) on top.
(Original photo from Instantshift. Photo listed as public domain. No challenge of copyright intended.)