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The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 13 2012 4:30 AM UTC +00:00
$4,559
pledged of $7,500pledged of $7,500 goal
53
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, November 13 2012 4:30 AM UTC +00:00

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How the Wood/Totem Golem Came About

Posted by Inkwell Ideas (Creator)

Here's another post about how I've been interacting with the artists.

I gave each artist his or her choice of two creatures to create as an initial piece for the project.  In Eric Quigley's case, I asked him about a Nightmare or a Wood Golem.  (I tried to give each artist a monstrous creature or a humanoid.)  Eric chose the Wood Golem.  I gave him links to a couple of on-line samples that had a similar anatomy to what I wanted and a short description from the SRD:

"This human-sized automaton resembles a crude humanoid figure made of cast-off pieces of wood. A wood golem is carved from rare woods, assembled into a roughly humanoid body with articulated limbs. Their creators usually leave their bodies almost unfinished, with individual pieces of lumber and unworked wood apparent and obvious as part of their construction. A wood golem stands 6-1/2 feet tall and weighs 400 pounds."

Eric did two initial sketches, which should be the first image below.  I told him I liked #2, but wanted to see more detail, so he send me the more refined sketch and explained, "I meant to say that the hands and feet (and mid-section) are like raw trees. I was thinking the appendages could make like roots, might be kind of cool."

My response was, "I did get that you were going for roots/stumps for the feet and maybe twigs or roots for the hands. The desciption does say that the creators of wood golems leave some pieces unworked, but I don't want to overdo it. Definitely the feet I like, maybe not as much for the hands. The idea for the hands could grow on me though. So if you've got another idea for the hands (or just do one of the two in a different way) I'd like to see it. If not, its ok. As I said it could grow on me the more I look at it and re-read the description."

That led to the final picture in this post where he revised the hands to have a semi-mechanical look which I felt worked well.  Once the anatomy and pose was worked out, he next sent me essentially what you see on the main project page, although the background was added separately.  We agreed on a forest background, but originally had an idea to include a tee-pee.  Eric said the tee-pee wasn't really working (space/size-wise I believe) so we went for just the simple forest background.

As I've said before, I love it, although it may be more of a "Totem Golem" than a "Wood Golem."  If we have budget we may do a second wood golem that is more traditional.

We're getting close to the home stretch, so please spread the word!  We're running into a bit of a danger zone of not making our goal, but the last week (especially the last few days) of a Kickstarter usually are a busy period.

Remember I'll be posting at least the initial sketches of each creature for feedback from all backers.  After about a day or day and a half I'll gather and refine the feedback and send it on to the artists.

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About the Art Creation Process

Posted by Inkwell Ideas (Creator)

I wanted to share some details of the process we'll use to help the artists create the art.  It will be more open than the prior project.  (But as we're chugging along in the middle of the project if you think of a way to promote the project please do so.  Or send me a message if it is an idea I should pursue!)

I've asked all the artists on the project to do at least two initial sketches for the creature.  These sketches are to help us all agree on a pose and anatomy.  We may say we like #1 or #2 (or even #3 or #4 if the artist does more than two.)  But we can also say something like, "we like #2, except we want the sword positioned higher."  Or maybe "We like #1, but like the head of #2 better."

I'll post the sketches soon after receiving them (as updates here, or else on my Inkwell Ideas website with a post here as a pointer).  A day or two later I'll look over the comments and try to see what is the most common opinion and make a comment to that effect and send the feedback to the artist.

Most artists (it depends on the artist) will also provide an intermediary version of the creature and I'll post that and ask for feedback for a day or two as well.

Although the art from the first project was very good, this revised process should help give us all a better product.

Below is an example of that process with our Roc.  First, are three initial sketches Jacqui Davis created.  The fourth sketch is a revision of the first. (I asked Jacqui to give me a version of #1 with the wings stretched out more.  Next we have an initial line art version.  That is Jacqui's intermediary step and then she moves on to color.  But the intermediary image varies by artist because they each have different processes with different points where they can stop and get feedback.

(You can see the final Roc on the main page of this Kickstarter project.)

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Free Sample PDF

Posted by Inkwell Ideas (Creator)

After a great initial push, we've kind of gotten into the Kickstarter week 2 or week 3 doldrums.  We'll be doing our best to continue to spread the word about the project with the following news.

For those of you interested in the PDF & Cardstock minis, I've put together a sample PDF of minis based on the sample creatures from this project.  You can download it thru DriveThru/RPGNow.

We also made one of the stock art pieces from our prior project into a free sample.  Yes, anyone who downloads it from that link may publish it, provided they follow the license on that page.

While we're going to do our best to get the word out, remember this project gets better if you spread the word too.  Just like our prior Monster Stock Art & Minis project, once we meet our initial goal we'll add more monsters to the stock art and PDF/cardstock minis as stretch goals!  So if you have a blog or are a regular member of a forum, please post a link to the Kickstarter.  Please feel free to use the samples mentioned above as a reason to make a post.