I did some rough sketching last night. I like the idea of having the bad guys be undead corrupted shadowy thingies, possibly vampire themed possibly not I love vampires but we ARE trying to stay away from cliche.
I think what we need to do is just define our characters, get them down so that we can start sketching and painting them in different poses and good/evil versions. If you want to do the cleric may I do the female warrior hero elf? It's one of my favorite things to paint. Then you can pick either the sorcerer or the thief and design them and I'll do whichever one you dont pick. Then we can get those characters down and go ahead with the rendering of the final images. We may need to discuss styles when we get to that stage. You like an anime style and while I dont DISLIKE it, I prefer a realism style when painting, to a degree. But thats for later =P I'll try and coax Mr. Tiki Snakes into actually getting off his ass and working with us, or find out if he's withdrawn or not. Either way, I'll sort him out tonight
I've been going for a celtic theme, but I think just high fantasy is OK for now. If you want to add a norse vibe to it, or something similar, I'd like to see it
I think just to sum it up, the classes we're going for are Warrior, Cleric, Sorcerer, Thief
If you can come up with variations on those to create something interesting, all good. Create your own races or use pre existing ones. I like your elven cleric a lot, so how about changing it in some way to go from the standard clean and shiny elf from lord of the rings, to a more wood elf tribal cleric? Or something...hmm, trying to figure interesting characters is tough.
Oh well, I'll post my super rough lame sketch of the warrior...
Oh, and you know how some people on DA create 'character sheets' for their characters? What do you think about doing that for our characters? Just to make it easier to paint them all and stick to the same character. Something like this.