While the good ol’ fashioned group portrait has its place in the world, we love it when people portray their friends and family creatively. For example, consider this commission Suzanne ordered from Clay Graham in which she and her friends are illustrated as the characters they play on tabletop game nights. Is this not more fun and memorable than an everyday group portrait?
As you can tell, we are keen to see more people follow in Suzanne’s footsteps. :)
Backstory Behind the Piece: Q&A with Suzanne
ArtCorgi (AC): What inspired you to commission this art?
Suzanne (S): I listen to a podcast, The Adventure Zone on Maximum Fun, and the hosts had artwork done for their D&D characters. I run a game for the people featured in the photo and thought, what an awesome way to get them exited about the game and into character!
AC: How did you develop the right prompt/description for each person drawn?
S: The description for the characters was something I had already written for the tabletop game. I just tweaked it a bit to put all of the pertinent information into one place for the artist. I think it was important that I included personality traits for each person – they really came out in the final product in an amazing way.
AC: What advice would you give to someone who is commissioning art for the first time?
S: I would say more is better. Give your artist a lot of reference photos and information to use, and don’t be afraid to offer suggestions and criticism when you receive the proof. You can also lean on the staff at ArtCorgi. They were professional and incredibly helpful in ensuring my piece was exactly what I wanted.