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Vox Machina Returns in This Fantastic Fan Animation

Critical Role is Geek & Sundry’s live Dungeons & Dragons show, featuring Dungeon Master Matthew Mercer and his troupe of fellow voice actors. Catch them every Thursday night at 7:00 PM PT on the Geek & Sundry Twitch channel and on Alpha.

It’s never too late to discover the exploits of Vox Machina, even if their adventuring days are now over. Artist Kamille Areopagita recently stumbled upon Critical Role just as the first campaign was ending, but she became an instant fan. She turned her new love into an incredible animation that begs to be watched time and time again.

Kamille’s older brother is the person who first told her about the show. “A few anecdotes and some shared clips later (one of which involved a certain Burt Reynolds), I asked him to say no more and started watching-slash-listening to it myself because of how cool and interesting it all seemed. Then the rest is history,” Kamille says.


With almost 500 frames of animation and about three months of work in Adobe Photoshop, the animation was a labor of love. Not only is she relatively new to Critical Role, she admits she’s somewhat new to animating as well.

“I don’t really have a set process yet,” says Kamille, “so for most of this particular animation I was figuring things out as I went along! At some points I sketch out really rough storyboards for some scenes on paper, then most rough animation I sketch out digitally. Sometimes the roughs are really rough and sometimes they’re quite detailed.”


Some roughs may not be detailed, but they all still take time to research and visualize. “Afterwards I do the line art, coloring, then the extra effects and/or filters,” she says.


After watching just one episode, Kamille knew she wanted to draw and animate something from the show, so she started with a quick animation of Vax’ildan. “I’ve always loved fantasy and adventure with epic events and legendary characters,” she says, “and Critical Role has all that, along with some of the craziest, most charming, sometimes-badass-a-lot-of-times-confused characters. Even when just listening to it I could imagine so vividly everything that’s happening.”


Kamille created the animation not just to challenge herself as an artist, but to express her love for the first campaign, she says. “All the stories and characters and events in Vox Machina’s adventures were so full of life (both in the game and among those at the table) and brought about a lot of different emotions–best of all, to me, were the laughs, especially during tough times–that I just felt so motivated to create this little project for fun, as a challenge, and as both homage and my own show of appreciation for Critical Role as a whole.”

She also hopes that someone who stumbles across the animation online will be curious and discover Critical Role for the first time themselves.

“I’m still quite attached to Vox Machina’s tale,” Kamille says. “I have definitely been tossing around some more ideas for animations (along with some for the new campaign!), so hopefully I’ll be able to create more in the future!”


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All Images: Kamille Areopagita

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