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A sketchbook made up of hundreds of creative concepts and characters of both the scifi and fantasy genre, from the mind of Jared Blando

The Pen and the Sword Sketchbook: The Project 

This book is a 40 page black and white tomb full of characters, soldiers, monsters, weapons, robots, marines, vehicles and a great many other things of my own creation and design. It contains a good deal of original artwork, as well as some professional pieces i have created for various publishers. Some are finished concepts, while others are sketches and ideas i jotted down, but all are intended to inspire or spark the interest of the reader. I love to draw, to create people and worlds, and to storytell, so this book has been a wonderful experience for me, and hopefully for you. With enough fundage, i can self publish the book and sell it at my artists table at Gencon 2012! 

The Goal

The first run will be of 200-250 books, though more might be printed down the line, depending on how successfully it is received by fans and pledgers.

Page 8 of the Sketchbook
Page 8 of the Sketchbook

Rewards and Swag!

To earn enough money to cover my self printing costs, i am offering a number of Pledge rewards ranging from 15$-350$. These include signed parchment prints, copies of The Pen and the Sword sketchbook, Copies of my Epic Cartography Book, color prints, and even personalized character creation! I have ranked the pledge rewards in order from least to most as follows:

Yeoman- 15$ pledge

Standard Bearer- 30$ pledge 

Sergeant at Arms- 45$ pledge

Hedge Knight- 75$ pledge

Captain of the Guard- $150 pledge

Holdfast Warrior- $250 pledge

Housekin Bodyguard- $325 pledge

Some Pages from the Pen and the Sword-

Page 15
Page 15
The Aradan Page 7.
The Aradan Page 7.
Page 26: Marines and Equipment
Page 26: Marines and Equipment
Page 28 Valkyur Battle Assault Raven
Page 28 Valkyur Battle Assault Raven
Alien Assault Grunt
Alien Assault Grunt

Swag for everyone!

Everybody loves swag and rewards, so i figured i would include some images and explanations of what you are getting for your money! Here are some images of the parchments prints, the color Morankaar print, an explanation of my Epic Cartography book, and the character creation pledge.

Parchment Prints:

The Parchments prints are 11x17 inch parchment paper with charachters printed onto them. Their are 8 different prints, each with various characters from the world of Hyranden that i created.

These are the parchment prints to choose from should you pledge:

-The Soldiers of the Western Isles (2 figures)
-The Drakenni (1 figure, a dragon!)
-The Enemies of Hyranden: Morankaar (3 figures)
-The Trollken (2 figures)
-The Nabani (2 figures)
-The Gael (2 figures)
-The Warriors of Hyranden: Saxonni Ceorl and Oreon Knight (2 figures)
-The Warriors of Hyranden: Kosh and Nord (2 Figures)

These are the examples of the prints:

Nabani and Warriors of Hyranden: Saxonni Ceorl and Orean Knight
Nabani and Warriors of Hyranden: Saxonni Ceorl and Orean Knight
Morankaar and Gael prints
Morankaar and Gael prints
Warriors of the Western Isles and the Drakkeni Prints
Warriors of the Western Isles and the Drakkeni Prints
The Trollken, and the Koshan/Nord Print.
The Trollken, and the Koshan/Nord Print.
Morankaar Deathknight Print. 8.5 x11 full color.
Morankaar Deathknight Print. 8.5 x11 full color.

Epic Cartography Book-

The book is a full color, 8.5x11 inch tomb of 16 high quality and painted maps that i self published in 2011. I only sell these at cons that i attend in person, so they are pretty exclusive! Here are some examples!

The Cover and back cover of the book.
The Cover and back cover of the book.

CHARACTER CREATION:

Should you pledge as a Captain of the Guard or higher, you will also be able to work with me to design your own character via email, or carrier pigeon (if you so desire!). If you have ever had an inkling to have a character/monster or PC made into reality, share your thoughts and we can create something unique together. Let me be the hand for your imagination! I will illustrate your character, and when finished, send you your original character as a print, original artwork, or even colored, all depending on how high you pledge!

Character sketch personal commission:)
Character sketch personal commission:)

Thanks Everyone!

I'd love to see this work come to fruition, so please help me make it a reality!

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    Yeoman- With this pledge, you will receive a signed 11 x 17 inch parchment print of your choice! Each print has a few conceptual drawings of some of the Races of Hyranden, as included in the book OR you may have a signed 8.5x11 Full color print of a Morankaar Deathknight. And of course my thanks!

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    Standard Bearer- With this pledge, you will receive a signed copy of Pen and the Sword sketchbook and a parchment print of your choice.

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    Sergeant at Arms- With this pledge, you will receive your choice of two parchment prints (or substute a parchment print for a Morankaar Deathknight print), and well as a signed Pen and the Sword Sketchbook.

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    Hedge Knight- With this pledge, you will receive a signed Pen and the Sword Sketchbook, Two parchment prints of your choice, a full Color 8.5x11 Morankaar Deathknight print, as well as a signed Epic Cartography book.

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    Captain of the Guard- With this rank pledge, you will receive signed copies of the Pen and the Sword Sketchbook, an Epic Cartography book, two parchment prints of your choice, and a full Color Morankaar Deathknight print. CHARACTER CREATION: You will also be able to work with me to design your own character via email, or carrier pigeon (if you so desire!). If you have ever had an inkling to have a character/monster or PC made into reality, share your thoughts and we can create something unique together. Let me be the hand for your imagination! I will illustrate your character, and when finished, send you two signed original prints (8.5x11inch) for you to display, along with your other swag!

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    Holdfast Warrior- With this rank pledge, you will receive signed copies of the Pen and the Sword Sketchbook, an Epic Cartography book, two parchment prints of your choice, and a full Color Morankaar Deathknight print. ORIGINAL ARTWORK CHARACTER CREATION: With this pledge, you will also be able to work with me to design your own character via phone, email, or carrier pigeon. If you have ever had an inkling to have a character/monster or PC made into reality, share your thoughts and we can create something unique together. I will illustrate your character to your specs, drawn on 11x14 inch high quality paper. After it is finished, i will send you the signed original artwork for you to display, along with your other swag!

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    Housekin Bodyguard- With this rank pledge, you will receive signed copies of the Pen and the Sword Sketchbook, an Epic Cartography book, two parchment prints of your choice, and a full Color Morankaar Deathknight print. ORIGINAL ARTWORK CHARACTER CREATION WITH DIGITAL COLOR PRINT: With this pledge, you are truly a bold warrior! Not only will i illustrate your character to your specs and send you the signed original artwork as described above, I will also digitally paint the piece, and send you two full color signed prints of the finished work!

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