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The goal of this campaign is to raise $9,000 for a print run of my super cool, unique book "Classic Game Covers, Confessions of An Art Junkie" and get it to people who will enjoy it!

My name name is Mike Winterbauer and I have been a working artist for thirty years. I am most notably known for my work in illustration having done a string of classic computer game covers in the 1980's and 90's. You may have seen some of the covers I painted which included Might and Magic Clouds of Xeen and Darkside of Xeen and interior maps, Wing Commander, Solstice, WolfChild and Power Blade to name a few.

Recently, my work recieved worldwide attention after I self published my book Classic Game Covers about my experiences being an artist. It is a honest and humorous read about the creative process and history behind the cover art I painted. I made the ebook available for free and the response it got was overwhelming. It was written up on websites all over the world and read in over eighty countries.

Might and Magic, Wing Commander covers
Might and Magic, Wing Commander covers

Here are a few of the responses my ebook recieved.

"Mike Winterbauer is the artist behind some of the most fondly remembered retro box art from gaming's golden age, including covers for classic titles such as Might & Magic, Wing Commander and Spaceward Ho!. Okay, maybe that last one doesn't count. If you ever wanted to know the process behind those classic video game covers, you can download a free .pdf from Winterbauer's website in which the man himself tells us how he did it

Mostly, it involved lots of heroic posing in his underwear. Winterbauer couldn't afford to hire models, so he had to get his friends to photograph him in the pose he wanted to draw. Enough childish giggling, though, the fact is that his work rate, particularly in the early 1990's, was astonishing."

http://www.gamewatcher.com/news/2014-21-07-find-out-how-classic-video-game-box-art-was-created

Land of Xeen map
Land of Xeen map

"Veteran game artist Mike Winterbauer is a crazy person. He’s written a book showcasing (and telling the story behind) some classic examples of PC and console cover art, and instead of charging a premium for it, is giving it away for free.

OK, so it’s not exactly to the design standard we expect from publishers like Titan (he published it himself), but the art and processes we get to see here are just the best."

http://www.kotaku.com.au/2014/07/how-awesome-old-box-art-was-made/

Wolfchild, Power Blade and Solstice covers
Wolfchild, Power Blade and Solstice covers

"Artist Michael Winterbauer has self-published a free book with stories about his life in the game cover art business.....You can download the complete "Confessions of an Art Junkie" here (90 megabyte PDF). Pages 26-28 on Wing Commander are below. Retro also published an interview with Michael recently. Both the Q&A and the self-published volume are fascinating reads for anyone interested in breaking into the industry or learning about its old school roots."

http://www.wcnews.com/chatzone/threads/unique-perspective-on-cover-art-recounted-by-wc1-snes-artist-september-1-2014.27566/

Classic Game Covers was also an Ars Technica's Editors pick for "On the Web Worth Reading" a Shelf Media Finalist and a Beverly Hills Book Award Winner.

Beverly Hills Book Award Winner
Beverly Hills Book Award Winner

My work was also written in ImagineFx April 2014 as I had recently sold over 50 of my original game pieces all over the world!

ImagineFX
ImagineFX

Check out the free ebook version of Classic Game Covers on my website.

www.winterbauerarts.com/ClassicGameCovers.html

If you would like the super cool, unique collectors signed printed version make a pledge today!

The book is very nice and beautifully printed by Blurb. It is a softcover book, 8 by 10 inches and is 122 pages printed on 80 lb semi-matte paper.

Check out some of the pages of the printed softcover version of Classic Game Covers, below is me showing the cover with the Beverly Hills Book Award seal on it.

Classic Game Covers
Classic Game Covers

Wing Commander SNES pages describing the drawing and comp work done before the painting. Also great history about carrying a touchup painting kit in my car so I could touchup art on delivery and get paid on time!

Wing Commander section
Wing Commander section

Wing Commander makes the big time, seen on the the 1992 cover of Game Players and full page ads! Wolfchild classic Sega cover and full page ad, WolfChild was the first original game painting I sold after having on my studio wall for twenty years.

Wing Commander on Game Players cover
Wing Commander on Game Players cover

I posed for many of the characters in my art. That is me trying my best to look imposing for the cover of Power Blade in 1992. Power Blade is really a self portrait of myself.

Power Blade pose
Power Blade pose

Great pages on Wolfchild and Solstice, check out the original drawing and comp work! I posed for the character in the lower right of Wolfchild. Solstice is actually two paintings that were composited for the box art, also shown is the color comp I did before the final paintings.

Wolfchild and Solstice pages
Wolfchild and Solstice pages

Having fun posing for the Rings of Power as a Wizard and a Hero in 1992. I always believed I could create the perfect pose to draw and paint from as I understood the angle and drama that the character needed.

Rings of Power pages
Rings of Power pages

Classic Game Covers is filled with great information about what it was like to be a cover artist in the golden age of gaming. The book also showcases my other paintings and my journey into digital art and the work I did in the early game studios.

Artists, gamers, retro enthusiasts will enjoy this signed collectors book for years to come.

These are the pledges for Classic Game Covers!

Pledge $20 and get my beautiful signed 1992 Clouds of Xeen poster in mint condition. These posters were part of my original illustration business in 1992. I have keep them in storage all these years and they look brand new. This poster is a part of classic game illustration history and is also signed by me. The poster is large size at 19 by 25 inches.

Might and Magic poster 1992
Might and Magic poster 1992

Pledge $40 and get a signed copy of my softcover book Classic Game Covers, Confessions of an Art Junkie! The book is beautifully printed and showcases all the classic game covers I painted and also shows my other paintings and work done for movies, magazines and game studios. This is a terrific read for anyone wondering what it is like to paint cover art for games and movies.

The book is softcover, 8 by 10 inches, 122 pages and beautifully printed by Blurb.

Front Cover.

Classic Game Covers
Classic Game Covers

 Back cover.

Classic Game Covers
Classic Game Covers

Pledge $55 and get both my beautiful 1992 Clouds of Xeen signed poster in mint condition and a signed copy of my softcover book Classic Game Covers, Confessions of an Art Junkie! The book is beautifully printed and showcases all the classic game covers I painted and also shows my other paintings and work done for movies, magazines and game studios. This is a terrific read for anyone wondering what it is like to paint cover art for games and movies. Poster is 19 x 25 inches and the book is 8 by 10 inches.

Poster and Book
Poster and Book

Pledge $1000 and get my beautiful 2013 new Warrior Queen painting.

This pledge goes to the first backer, 1 is available in US only.

This painting is based on my 1992 Clouds of Xeen drawing I did for page six of the Clouds of Xeen game manual. This is a really cool painting that is new but is tied to my previous Might and Magic art. This painting is showcased and described on page 24 of my book Classic Game Covers! The painting is large at 30 by 36 inches acrylic on extra heavy board, perfect for handling and framing. The painting is signed and unframed.

Also receive 2 signed posters and 2 signed books as described previously.

Warrior Queen on page 24 of Classic Game Covers.

Warrior Queen pages
Warrior Queen pages

 Warrior Queen 2013 painting.

Warrior Queen
Warrior Queen

Pledge $1500 and get my beautiful 2013 new Might and Magic painting.

This pledge goes to the first backer, 1 is available in US only.

This painting is derived from the Might and Magic comps 1992 I did for the Clouds of Xeen box cover. This is a painting that I always wanted to paint and finally did. This painting is showcased and described on page 21 of my book Classic Game Covers! The painting is large at 23 by 30 inches acrylic on extra heavy board, perfect for handling and framing. The painting is signed and unframed.

Also receive 3 signed posters and 3 signed books as described previously.

Might and Magic painting on page 21 of Classic Game Covers. Me posing for the Hero character used in the painting and the actual comps I did for New World in the lower left corner. I saved money by posing for my paintings and that's not underwear it's a swim suit.

Might and Magic page
Might and Magic page

  Might and Magic painting 2013.

Might and Magic painting
Might and Magic painting

Pledge $2500 and get my beautiful 2014 new DarkSide of Xeen map painting!

This pledge goes to the first backer, 1 is available in US only.

The worlds greatest illustrated computer game map just got greater, I have painstakingly repainted this painting from the original drawings from 1993. This painting is the same size and has the same look and feel as the original 1993 piece. The painting is a culmination of my life's work and is painted with beautiful accuracy and skill. There are approximately 100 hours of actual painting time in the piece and over 100 hours in the original drawing.

The painting is quite large at 40 inches wide by 30 inches high and is on extra heavy weight illustration board, which is perfect for framing and handling. The painting is done in acrylic, is signed and unframed.

From 1993 to 2014, my life's painting has come full circle. Not lost to the digital age, this is a real authentic, blood sweat and tears effort. It is my greatest piece, and a part of my soul.

Also receive 4 signed posters and 4  signed books as described previously.

DarkSide of Xeen Map painting 2014.

DarkSide of Xeen map 2014
DarkSide of Xeen map 2014

Picture of the new 2014 DarkSide map with the 1993 printed version.

DarkSide of Xeen map 2014
DarkSide of Xeen map 2014

Pledge $2000 and get my beautiful 1991 Fighter Pilot painting!

This pledge goes to the first backer, 1 is available in US only.

This painting is a very slick painting that is a combination of airbrush and painting. The painting was a personal piece I painted for fun and showed in my portfolio. I have kept the painting in storage for 25 years and the painting is in excellent condition and looks like it was done yesterday.

The painting is quite large at 30 inches wide by 36 inches high and is on extra heavy weight illustration board, which is perfect for framing and handling. The painting is done in acrylic, is signed, has a live area of approximately 24 by 35 inches and unframed.

This is a great piece if you are a traditional illustration art collector.

Also receive 4 signed posters and 4 signed books as described previously.

Fighter Pilot painting is on page 72 of Classic Game Covers.

Fighter Pilot page
Fighter Pilot page

 Fighter Pilot painting 1991.

Fighter Pilot 1991
Fighter Pilot 1991

 Myself standing next to full size Fighter Pilot painting.

Fighter Pilot painting
Fighter Pilot painting

Pledge $2200 and get my beautiful 1985 The Robot at the End of Time painting!

This pledge goes to the first backer, 1 is available in US only .

This painting is a very fun piece that is a testimony of the 1980's science fiction genre. The painting was a personal piece I painted for fun and have keep stored for thirty years.

The painting is in excellent condition and looks like it was done yesterday. This piece was inspired by the toy robots of the day and The Planet of the Apes movie.

The painting is quite large at 40 inches wide by 30 inches high and is on extra heavy weight illustration board, which is perfect for framing and handling. The painting is done in acrylic, is signed and unframed.

This is a great piece if you are a retro science fiction art collector!

Also receive 4 signed posters and 4 signed books as described previously.

The Robot at the End of Time painting 1985.

The Robot at the End of Time 1985
The Robot at the End of Time 1985

 Myself standing next to full size The  Robot at the End of Time painting.

The Robot at the End of Time
The Robot at the End of Time

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk is that I won't get funded and be able to do a nice print run.
The book is done, I just need to fund a large print run to get a better price per unit and get the book to my fans! All the art and posters are in fantastic condition having always been in my possession, they are just waiting to be shipped! I am extremely reliable and have great experience shipping art and paintings over the last 30 years.

Shipping.

The poster is free US shipping, International please add 15 dollars.

The book is free US shipping, International please add 30 dollars.

All paintings are only available in US and ship only in the US with Fedex. Paintings require that someone sign upon delivery and supply their phone number. Shipping is already included in the pledge for the paintings.
All paintings are unframed.

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    Might and Magic Poster Pledge!

    Pledge 20.00 and get my beautiful signed 1992 Clouds of Xeen poster in mint condition. These posters were part of my original illustration business in 1992. I have keep them in storage all these years and they look brand new. This poster is a part of classic game illustration history and is also signed by me. The poster is large size at 19 by 25 inches.
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    Pledge 40.00 and get a signed copy of my softcover book Classic Game Covers, Confessions of an Art Junkie! The book is beautifully printed and showcases all the classic game covers I painted and also shows my other paintings and work done for movies, magazines and game studios. This is a terrific read for anyone wondering what it is like to paint cover art for games and movies.
    The book is softcover, 8 by 10 inches, 122 pages and beautifully printed by Blurb.
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    Pledge 55.00 and get both my beautiful 1992 Clouds of Xeen signed poster in mint condition and a signed copy of my softcover book Classic Game Covers, Confessions of an Art Junkie! The book is beautifully printed and showcases all the classic game covers I painted and also shows my other paintings and work done for movies, magazines and game studios. This is a terrific read for anyone wondering what it is like to paint cover art for games and movies. Poster is 19 x 25 inches and the book is 8 by 10 inches.
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    Warrior Queen Painting Pledge!

    Pledge 1000.00 and get my beautiful 2013 new Warrior Queen painting.
    This pledge goes to the first backer, 1 is available in US only.
    This painting is based on my 1992 Clouds of Xeen drawing I did for page six of the Clouds of Xeen game manual. This is a really cool painting that is new but is tied to my previous Might and Magic art. This painting is showcased and described on page 24 of my book Classic Game Covers! The painting is large at 30 by 36 inches, acrylic on extra heavy board, perfect for handling and framing.
    The painting is signed and unframed.
    Also receive 2 signed posters and 2 signed books as described previously.
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    Might and Magic Painting Pledge!

    Pledge 1500.00 and get my beautiful 2013 new Might and Magic painting.
    This pledge goes to the first backer, 1 is available in US only.
    This painting is derived from the Might and Magic comps 1992 I did for the Clouds of Xeen box cover. This is a painting that I always wanted to paint and finally did. This painting is showcased and described on page 21 of my book Classic Game Covers! The painting is large at 23 by 30 inches, acrylic on extra heavy board, perfect for handling and framing. The painting is signed and unframed.
    Also receive 3 signed posters and 3 signed books as described previously.
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    Painting ships with FedEx and requires a phone number and recipient signature.

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    Fighter Pilot Painting Pledge!

    Pledge 2000.00 and get my beautiful 1991 Fighter Pilot painting!
    This pledge goes to the first backer, 1 is available in US only.
    This painting is a very slick painting that is a combination of airbrush and painting. The painting was a personal piece I painted for fun and showed in my portfolio. I have kept the painting in storage for twenty five years and the painting is in excellent condition and looks like it was done yesterday.
    The painting is quite large at 30 inches wide by 36 inches high and is on extra heavy weight illustration board, which is perfect for framing and handling. The painting is done in acrylic and is signed, has a live area of approximately 24 by 35 inches and is unframed. This painting is showcased and described on page 72 of my book Classic Game Covers! Also receive 4 signed posters and 4 signed books as described previously.
    US shipping is FREE.
    Painting ships with FedEx and requires a phone number and recipient signature.

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    The Robot at the End of Time Pledge!

    Pledge 2200.00 and get my beautiful 1985 The Robot at the End of Time painting!
    This pledge goes to the first backer, 1 is available in US only .
    This painting is a very fun piece that is a testimony of the 1980's science fiction genre. The painting was a personal piece I painted for fun and have keep stored for thirty years.
    The painting is in excellent condition and looks like it was done yesterday. This piece was inspired by the toy robots of the day and The Planet of the Apes movie.
    The painting is quite large at 40 inches wide by 30 inches high and is on extra heavy weight illustration board, which is perfect for framing and handling. The painting is done in acrylic, is signed and unframed.
    This is a great piece if you are a retro science fiction art collector!
    Also receive 4 signed posters and 4 signed books as described previously.
    US shipping is FREE.
    Painting ships with FedEx and requires a phone number and recipient signature.

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    Darkside of Xeen Map Painting Pledge!

    Pledge 2500.00 and get my beautiful 2014 new Darkside of Xeen map painting!
    This pledge goes to the first backer, 1 is available in US only.
    The worlds greatest illustrated computer game map just got greater, I have painstakingly repainted this painting from the original drawings from 1993. The painting is a culmination of my life's work and is painted with beautiful accuracy and skill. There are approximately 100 hours of actual painting time in the piece and over 100 hours in the original drawing.
    The painting is quite large at 40 inches wide by 30 inches high and is on extra heavy weight illustration board, which is perfect for framing and handling. The painting is done in acrylic, is signed and unframed.
    Also receive 4 signed posters and 4 signed books as described previously.
    US shipping is FREE.
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