I love creating custom stock illustrations.
I've been doing it for years as a way for independent game designers to bridge the difference between stock illustrations and commissioned artwork.
I am now bringing it to Kickstarter.
This project will be creating a minimum of 50 fantasy characters and creatures to be used in roleplaying game products and printable miniatures.
Ideas for what will be illustrated will be provided by YOU. I will first illustrate any guaranteed ideas and then alternate between randomly selecting ideas and choosing those that inspire me.
All stock art will be black & white .png or .jpeg files and at least a quarter page in size at 300 dots per inch.
Printable Miniatures will come as black & white PDFs. Specific layout will be determined through your input. I will be aiming at formats that fit on perforated cardstock for easy game prep.
For this project, all submitted ideas must be a single fantasy character or creature. Descriptions should be limited to a single sentence or two at most.
Example: Male orc with elephant bone armor and long braided hair. He's wielding a spear covered in runes.
Guaranteed illustration ideas may choose to include a background.
The following apply to Stock Illustrations from this project:
- May be cropped, flipped, or colored.
- Signature must remain in its original orientation.
- Must credit 'Jeshields' for any use.
- May be used indefinitely.
- May not be used in products sold primarily for artistic value.
(Stock art, tokens, posters, etc)
- May not be used in works deemed racist, sexist, or sexually explicit.
Printable Miniatures may be used for personal use only. The only exception to this is for business owners who wish to use the miniatures to demonstrate games.
Mid-Goals are short term goals to fuel excitement about this project. Each Mid-Goal will provide a target and deadline and offer additional images that will not count toward the 50, 75, or eventual 100 illustrations being offered. They will be above and beyond those.
I'm James Shields, a freelance artist for the roleplaying game industry where I do business as J.E.Shields. I've been commissioned by many independent companies such as Barrel Rider Games, Blackfall Press, Dread Unicorn Games, EN World, Kalos Comics, Rogue Comet, The Wrecking Crew, and many others. In addition to direct commissions, my stock illustrations appear in numerous roleplaying products, and can be found at RPGNow.com and Patreon.com/Jeshields.
Risks and challenges
The only risk associated with this project is time management. I am a freelance artist and expect to be juggling other projects. Therefore, I have set the delivery date further than is probably necessary, but I'd rather deliver early than give excuses, regardless of the reasons.
The only exception to the above is if we hit stretch goals and I get to create more artwork.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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