Liz Danforth is best known for her art and illustrations, primarily created for the games industry. She also writes fiction and game material, edits the work of others, and worked as the lead illustrator and co-creator for the Deluxe Edition of the second-oldest role-playing game, Tunnels & Trolls. More recently, her work has appeared in the reboot of Steve Jackson’s Fantasy Trip and related projects.
Since 1978, Liz has worked steadily as an artist, writer, editor, and/or game developer on role-playing games, card games, and board games. She has been a writer and scenario designer for computer and video games. Her credits include work for licensed Middle Earth and Star Trek projects, Wasteland, and work on more than a dozen different collectible card games. She was one of the original artists for Magic the Gathering, creating art for about three dozen of the early cards. She has created maps and illustrations which appear in mainstream and fantasy novels and anthologies. She was inducted into the Academy of Gaming Arts and Design’s Hall of Fame (1995).
She continues to freelance in art, writing, and game design from her home in Tucson, Arizona.
Fun fact: with a BA in Anthropology, Liz learned the practical skills to repair her own car on a dark country road using made-on-the-spot stone tools.
I will be glad to sign your Magic cards, discuss possible commissions, (although new commissions are mostly on hold until later in 2021), or you can find out where to follow me on social media or where to drop me a line (via mailing address or email).
Upcoming Live Event:
As for public appearances: well, I planned for many shows in 2020, but then everything changed. (no, really??) Moreover, I brought home a case of Covid-19 after attending a MagicFest tournament in Lyon, France the first week of March. I tested positive in the ER on March 17. You can read how it went for me here. Aside from lingering fatigue and some minor long-haul symptoms, I am finally recovered.
Sadly this event has been Canceled
Seattle/Tacoma TCG-Con, 4-5 December 2021 I am looking forward to my first new live event since the pandemic began. You can find all the information about TCG-Con here.
Patreon Is My New Normal
On Patreon, you will find “Liz Danforth is Making Mages and Sages.” This is the platform where I am most active. For three years now, I have posted multiple times a month. In addition, I run weekly live meetups, either a short social chat on topics de la mode, or longer co-working sessions where we all buckle down to some postponed task or creative endeavor that might benefit from companionship and/or accountability.
In my Patreon posts, I show sketches and art (old and new), write about works in progress, or about my travels (when I was able to, anyway), my working process, creative endeavors, and general musings. Some posts are open to the public, or they come open after my paying supporters get a first look. Supporters also get deep dives that only they can read. Sometimes I make special offers or give people an early option at buying my work.