This project is meant to bring together three different cultural elements into one body of work: Music, Visual Art, and Video Games. The gallery will add a new flavor to Reno's art scene, as well as connect with our younger generation and, hopefully, inspire creativity.
My latest body of work will focus on post-societal naturalization, exploration, and discovery. All work will be created using digital painting and will be replicated, unframed, around 16” x 20”. The project will consist of eight-to-twelve pieces of artwork, each illustrating a different piece of music from Jim Guthrie’s “Sword and Sworcery LP – the Ballad of the Space Babies”. The collection will be presented in May alongside a performance with arrangements of the album.
My name is Bob Schuler and I'm an illustrator, conductor for the Reno Video Game Symphony, and general artist. I originally started this project for a class, but I soon realized that this could be an amazing endeavor and, given the right structure, I could really create something awesome here!
The project is being worked on diligently, every day, and I will be providing literally (well, figuratively) constant updates on where I'm at on my Twitter, Facebook, and deviantART accounts, as well as right here on Kickstarter.
If you're interested in backing this Kickstarter, I am very thankful! This project is occupying 100% of my time (not even school or work stops me from working) and I would love to see it reach so many more people than my close-knit circle here in Reno.
I have arranged for quite a few rewards to be distributed by the following mantra: "what would I want if I pledged this much?" I think the results are pretty cool, so go ahead!
What will these funds be used for?
I have broken down the individual costs for this project. The funding provided by this Kickstarter will be used almost exclusively to print work. If I wind up with much more than I expected, then even more work will be printed, or more gallery showings will be opened up -- it all depends on you what you donate! I'd also love suggestions via Twitter, Facebook, etc.
Video and music composed by myself, aside from that tasty drum set back-beat -- props are to Jay Larson for that. All artwork and photographs seen are my own.
"Sword and Sworcery" and "Sword and Sworcery LP: Ballad of the Space Babies" are both trademarks of their respective owners. I do not lay claim to any music created by Jim Guthrie.
Risks and challenges
There are few risks that are involved with this project:
First, the scale is rather large (12 *full* pieces of artwork in three months comes out to about 4 hours of work a day (based on the amount of detail I am putting into each piece)). I am tackling this issue by renting out an office in my area to devote some weekdays to "studio" time. Not only this, but I am constantly sketching out ideas that translate very easily to the digital work whenever I'm away from my computer.
Second, getting the work done on time can be a veritable foe. Again, I am surprised I've taken as much time as I have to type out everything here -- I could be working!! It's all about getting the work done, which is something I plan to do.
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