Saturday, May 4, 2013

Wampus Art!

The below sketches come from Theo Evans - very excited to have some art "in the can" for the Almanac (which proceeds sloooowly, but proceeds).

A dandy wizard of the Wampus Country

A dangerous lady.

A dapper fish-man of the Lakeborn.

Procuring art is its own adventure, especially for someone who's never done it before.  One of the things I've had to think about is a 'style bible' for when I start really commissioning artwork.  It's counter-intuitive for me - I would prefer to keep things as 'Marvel method' as possible, with minimal art direction, but because there are certain setting specifics, I'm probably better off having some guidelines on hand.  It's one thing to tell an artist "fantasy western", but if they come back with an illustration that contains a train in the background, that's a problem.

I'm trying to collect art to which I have publishing rights, and have compensated the artist.  There are plenty of gaming buddies who have volunteered free art, and that's an amazing thing to hear, but since the Almanac is intended to be a paid product, I'm leery about taking art donations at this time.  Down the line we'll probably be in "sketch for a free dead-tree copy" territory for those hardy volunteers, but that's down the line.

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