Character Portraits

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I tend not to use visual references for NPCs in my games because we play theater of the mind over VC, rather than bringing in a VTT like Roll20.

But for important NPCs or characters I’m playing, it can be good to have an image to show the other players.

Here are some resources I use:


HeroForge is a website that lets you make a custom 3D model of a character. It mostly leans towards fantasy adventure, but there are some modern and futuristic options.

There are paid options to create tokens and download 3D meshes, and even to get the model 3D printed in color. I ended up getting the print for Aisling, in order to have a souvenir of the campaign.

The site has a lot of flexibility and you can spend hours on it. I know because I have.

3D render of a teen girl in green athletic gear, casting a red mage hand spell

Aisling a.k.a. Mage Fist, my Beacon in a Masks campaign. She knows karate and has a magic bracer that gives her the equivalent of the D&D Mage Hand spell and a spectral wren named Caela.

3D render of a dashing-and-confused pirate enby
3D render of a red-haired trans woman in a red coat
3D render of a green-haired monster teen with octopus tentacles

The three player characters from my Thirsty Sword Lesbians pirate campaign. A Devoted who finds themself constantly in over their head, a Trickster whose shitty ex has caught up with them, and a Beast squid teen who just wants adventure.


There are so many of these and I would like to look into more. But my go-to ones are:


Picrews my players made of their characters for a Masks campaign using Grgikau Character Maker.


Artbreeder is an interesting site that applies GAN models to manipulate images. This lets you tweak and combine the stock portraits it gives you into something that matches your characters.

You can theoretically manipulate hair color, skin tone, age, and other characteristics.

Portrait of an attractive young woman with light skin and dark red hair

Kamchatka from Thirsty Sword Lesbians as designed by her player.

Portrait of a young man with light skin and black hair
Portrait of a young woman with dark skin and curly hair
Portrait of a weathered man with bushy gray beard and hair

NPCs from a home D&D campaign.