Marcus as Steampunk Airship Mechanic Paper Doll

logo-airship-colorI play Pathfinder, a Dungeons and Dragons like game, most Friday nights with a group of friends at a local game shop. Generally, I have to know what my character is wearing before I can actually play the character.

Weird, but true.

Clothing is a direct expression of how my character thinks and functions in the world. Some people think about their characters in terms of unique weapons or speech patterns, I think about my characters in terms of what sort of shoes they would choose while trekking through a ruin.

Years ago, I discovered the work of Sheryl A Knowles who drew paper dolls of her RPG characters. Just by looking at the outfits of the paper dolls, I knew the sorts of characters she was creating.

I rarely draw my own characters (here’s an exception), but when I work on a paper doll set, I want to convey the world and personality through the paper doll outfits.

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Marcus here is a mechanic. So, his clothing is utilitarian. The double breasted vest is in his “good” clothes, with a belt for his money pouch and a decorative pointless armband. His tie is loose. His other brown vest is more of a work outfit. He wears vests to keep grease off his shirts. With this outfit, his tie is tucked up, so that it doesn’t get caught in machines. He’s on his feet a lot, so he has two pairs of boots. The cap keeps his dreads from getting in the way while he’s working (because hair in engines = pain) and his leather satchel is where he stores his tools. Work gloves, a scarf for cold weather and some tools complete the set.

You can also tell a little about Marcus’ personality here. His dreads are decorated with beads and I know from people who have them that dreads take some maintenance. Clearly, he’s someone who cares about how he looks. Is he perhaps somewhat of a ladies man?

Paper doll sets can be tiny windows into lives and worlds. That’s part of the fun.

2 comments

  1. I really love seeing people’s RPG characters. I think it may be because this is a character you work hard to create over time, and you know their personality.

    One of my favorite drawings ever is Molly Brewer’s World of Darkness character Claris (and accompanying Lelenad) and her wardrobe through the ages. Even without reading the rambling paragraphs at the bottom, you can tell a lot about the character through her wardrobe. Claris is here

    I think this Marcus may be one of my favorite paper dolls you’ve ever done, just because he seems like an RPG character, and that little blurb you added about his life didn’t help. I honestly am tempted to write a fanfiction based on him.

    1. If you do write a fanfiction on Marcus, I may have to demand to read it. 🙂 But yeah, I’ll be rambling a little more about fantasy and paper dolls on Friday’s post.

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