Yaoguai Day 15:

As you can see, the old Seer image was indeed a placeholder as predicted. The fidelity on this image seems to belie the overall simplicity of many of the other images. Maybe I’m just getting better at drawing again, but we’re in no position to backpedal now.

Additionally, I’ve been trying to improve the concept of the Mo Shadow for several days now without much luck. It may be the equivalent of writers block. It’s easy to forget that nothing is set in stone, even now. Where we go from here is seemingly up to fate.

Yaoguai Day 14:

It is done. Every Yaoguai card now has an accompanying illustration! But we’re not done yet. Wish Eric and I luck at Geekway. Now to print, and play.

Yaoguai Day 12:

Breaks, however short are ill advised it seems if our Monk’s face is any indicator. Still I think the pose works. Also reposting the Shi Guardian because every time I see him I think Wario. You cannot unsee.

Yaoguai Day 11:

I'm almost positive that the image drawn for the Seer card is a placeholder until a more concrete concept is conceived. For now it serves as a testament to my endless struggle with drawing hands. To make up for this lackluster day, I reshaded our Fortune Toad to a more satisfactory level of lighting detail.

Dawn of the first day (Three cards Remain)

Yaoguai Day 10:

I was waiting to draw the Monkey King until the last or second to last day, but there he is. I wanted to reflect briefly on this most recent drawing compared to the very first I did for Yaoguai, and the change is rather jarring. So much so that the first six days will definitely need to be revisited at least for a second pass on the shading step. I wanted from the start, for the Monkey King to stand out as befits his role in the Journey to the West story. This action pose seems to fit the bill.

Yaoguai Day 9:

Guanyin is the only deity ostensively featured in Yaoguai, and as a result there is some import in maintaining her true image. Because of this, I felt a portrait was most fitting as it was for Xuanzang's image.

Yaoguai Day 8:

The Shi Guardian is easily my favorite card in Yaoguai as it is one of the few cards that rewards subterfuge so deviously. This good luck lion is definitely not something you want to see when you play your Hero on someone.

Yaoguai Day 7:

The Hero card is arguably the most important, or at least the most numerous card in Yaoguai. Designed to be the primary method of scoring, the Hero is played more often than any other. I decided against an action pose for the arguably stronger conveyance of stoicism. This swordless version will certainly not be the last. The question is: Does this hero wield the Dao, or the Jian?

Yaoguai Day 6:

As I near the half way point of this project I find myself in a mood to share progressively as I go. Today's card "Mo Shadow" has up to this point been the most difficult conceptually. No mythological precedence exists for this character other than the seemingly titular shadowy nature of it. For me, it meant tiger for better or for worse. The card itself is as most Yaoguai cards are: rather unique, and has been a kill card of note in the play sessions I've participated in. I felt with the revelation element of play, a cunning and ferocious beast would be a nice fit, especially in contrast to the peaceful nature of Xuanzang, its companion card.

Please check out Yaoguai on Board Game Geek by clicking the link below. Eric and I will be at Geekway to the West this May to show it off.