My name is David Monette. I am an artist, an illustrator. During the course of my career, I have painted and drawn images for all sorts of companies, for all sorts of projects. I’ve worked on book covers, role-playing guides, board games, collectible cards… you name it.
A few years ago, I had begun to notice that the illustration market was getting pretty stale. There are a lot of reasons for this, most of which are kind of boring unless you are an illustrator talking with other illustrators lamenting the state of illustration. Bored yet?
To make a long story short, I decided that the best way forward was to develop my own intellectual properties so that I could have creative control of a project from start to finish. But what would that look like? What would it be? Thankfully, as I was completing my MFA in illustration at the University of Hartford, I had received some advice from a person I consider to be my mentor, Murray Tinkelman. At the time, he had looked at my written projects and had strongly suggested that I combine my writing ability with my talent as an illustrator to chart my own path. As usual he had offered incredible advice, advice that I had decided to follow.
And so, a few years later, I have written my first novel. It’s a book about zombies, called The Zombie Axiom. It was quite a project. The artist that I hired to do the cover and the interior illustrations for this project was me, the guy worked really cheap and he’s done a bang-up job. Note:
In this book, set in modern-day Northern New York State, an alien intelligence transforms most of the world’s human population into the walking dead, leaving only a handful of survivors to claw out a life amid the ruins while fighting a mysterious, necromantic villain and his zombie hordes. Three uncommon allies lead one of these bands in this epic struggle as they learn both the strengths and weaknesses of their enemies… and of themselves. There is Virgil, a silent ex-soldier suffering from PTSD, Derek, a commanding martial arts instructor, and Sasha, a nurse struggling through an abusive marriage. These people must somehow navigate the chaos of their new world. Their trials forge the backbone of this character-driven tale.
That’s a pretty short synopsis of the story. And the illustrations you see on this page and in the video above are examples of the work you’ll see on the cover and the inside of the book. Does it look cool? Does it sound cool? I hope you think so, because the next step in the process of getting this project off the ground involves you folks. More specifically it involves you investing your money into the endeavor to help me pay for editing (becuse I cant stan typos, an u cant eithr), ISBN numbers (you need two – one for print and one for digital), and marketing (ah… marketing, can’t forget marketing).
So here we are. Two people connected by electricity and wires and invisible waves traveling through the air. On your end, you’re trying to figure out if this project is worth your time and money. That’s understandable. It is. On my end, I’m waiting to see what you are going to do. All the while, in my head I’m thinking, “Go ahead. Jump in… use that electricity and those wires and those invisible waves for something good. Help me make this project.”
I'll be showing these when it looks like we are approaching success!
Don't worry, I've got a bunch of cool stuff to offer.
Oh, and here are the paintings. The $450 tier (it's a steal, really) and the other paintings (they're steals too). Enjoy!!:
Risks and challenges
Risks? Challenges? Yes. There are those. At this point, they are of a mostly organizational nature, however. The really hard parts, writing the book and illustrating the thing, are done. Now comes the part where I have to pay other people and agencies to do things for me. Once that is done, there is formatting
and marketing, both of which I am pretty confident I can accomplish.
- (40 days)