About this project
For the past three years I have been working as a professional Illustrator telling visually compelling stories, stories of the various publishers in the table top gaming industry, producing card art and box art, painting private commissions, and telling the stories of some of my favorite books like The Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones. However, like most artists and creatives, I have begun wanting to do more than tell the stories of others, I want to tell MY stories, and with that I bring you "Conjuring New Worlds: The art of Stephen Najarian"
Over the past two years I have been developing my own new, and unique personal work, focusing on the themes that have been the most interesting to me. Themes of power, corruption, loss, God's and Goddesses, vanity, love, and self sacrifice. These are the themes that interest me and inspire me the most. So far I have been finding it difficult to find time to work on this new direction with my current busy schedule. That is why I am asking you, the wonderful people of Kickstarter to help me fund this artistic journey that I am undertaking and help me unlock these new worlds and stories.
To fully develop and explore this new direction means finding the time and resources needed to open up my schedule to produce this new body of work, work that has already proven to be popular with you, my fans. A successfully funded campaign will do just that, giving me the funds needed to open myself up from client work and private commissions and to push my work down new paths, developing work that is different than much of what is produced in the fantasy art industry, work that is uniquely personal to me. If you enjoy my traditional fantasy illustration, fear not there will still be plenty of epic landscapes, dragons, monsters, and knights in armor. There will even be some Tolkien and Martin in there somewhere, I love those guys. I will just be exploring and developing my own personal look for those things.
For the first time, right here on Kickstarter I am going to be offering limited edition prints of my work, prints that are currently not available anywhere else. These 18X24 prints are larger than my standard prints and are printed on thicker, higher quality paper with better higher quality archival inks. The higher quality and and size of these prints unfortunately also means higher costs, costs that are currently out of my price range on my own, however a successfully funded campaign will allow me to use the money raised to provide these brand new limited edition prints and offer them to my fans.
The direct funding of this Kickstarter will go directly towards the production costs of printing the rewards and the 18X24 archival limited edition prints that I would not be able to produce otherwise. In addition to covering all of the printing and shipping costs the money earned will also go towards funding my unpaid personal work, developing new and unique personal characters and worlds of my own.
Backers of this campaign can not only pick up prints of my new direction and personal work "The Conjuring" and "forest Goddess" I am also offering prints of some of my existing classic fantasy illustration. As well as the brand new 18X24 limited edition prints I am adding other incentives to backers of this campaign, super cool rewards and options that you wont find anywhere else, like original drawings, painting commissions, and some of my original art. In addition to all of the rewards at various price points I am also offering new prints and playmat designs never before released. So if you want that epic fantasy castle playmat, it is only being offered here.
I just recently finished this new landscape piece and I love it so much I want to share it with all of you and offer it as an option to the kickstarter. This piece is available as 12X18 luster print, gaming playmat, and limited edition print. Any backer that chooses reward tiers that get all of the prints like "Ultimate Print Pack" or "Legendary Pack" and want Winter Fortress instead at the end of the campaign let me know what print you would like to swap out for it. You can also add this on to your existing pledge as an "add on"
Okay, now that you have read the pitch, now its time to see what goodies you will get
Get high resolution .jpgs of all 8 images to use as digital wallpapers, you wont be able to find these online and they will only be available specifically through Kickstarter. Use them to set up a screen saver, background for your computer, mix and match and change them up to your hearts content. My way of saying thank you for supporting me.
These 12X18 prints are the workhorse of my work. For the past year I have been working with the wonderful people at El-Co Color Labs to produce these 12X18 beautiful open edition prints. Through several rounds of proofs I have made sure that these prints are printed correctly and color accurately, they look exactly as they do on the screen. These luster 12X18 prints are printed on high quality fuji luster paper, these standard size prints are ideal for smaller spaces and look fantastic. All of the prints come with a small white boarder and the name and title of the piece....and signed by yours truly.
Who doesn't love gaming playmats? I have 6 different designs to choose from, two of which have never been previously offered, they are only available through this Kickstarter. Wether you play tabletop games like Magic, or you just want a mousepad to fit your keyboard and mouse comfortably these are the mats for you. These mats are 14X24 and they will not only protect your cards and define your play area, but they will also make you look ridiculously cool for having such awesome taste, and everyone will want to know where you got them; their UltraPro mats will look lame in comparison
The big kahuna, only available right here on Kickstarter, as good as the 12X18 El-Co prints look these look even better! These prints are larger, they are all 18X24 inches, these prints are printed on better, thicker archival matte paper, these prints are printed with better archival inks, inks that are designed to last without deteriorating or fading, and most importantly these prints are limited edition. That means there will only be 50 prints made of each piece, once the piece sells out it will be gone forever, so best not wait. Each print will have a 1 inch white boarder signed and numbered by me.
I tried to cover as many bases as I could with all of the reward tiers, however if there is a package/arrangement of items you want that you do not see offerd as a reward tier you can add an amount of money over your pledge level and I will add additional rewards to your package. If there is still something you do not see, contact me and I will try to work with you to figure something out
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Risks and challenges
Because all of the artwork is already finished (except for the painting commission tier and I have given plenty of time to get the artwork produced for that) this should be a pretty straightforward campaign. It is just a matter of sending the orders to the various printers and then packaging and shipping.
Although this is my first kickstarter I do have 3 years of experience processing and shipping orders from print studios I have worked at in the past, so I am fully aware of what needs to be done to get all of the orders properly packaged and shipped in a timely and organized manner. It certainly helps that I live right around the corner from the local post office...I am sure that will be my home away from home.
There is always the possibility of delays from the printing suppliers or me getting struck by lightening or something. If there are any delays with shipping I will make sure that everyone is kept well informed on the status of the orders. There will not be any radio silence from me, I will update everyone as the process of order fulfillment is processed.
Barring Armageddon or the Rapture, this is about as sure a thing as you can get, as long as the funding goal is reached. So please help spread the word, tell your family, friends, and random strangers on the street, share on social media and lets make this thing happen!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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