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By commissioning art from a diverse set of artists and releasing to the Creative Commons, we'll change how fantasy heroes are depicted.
By commissioning art from a diverse set of artists and releasing to the Creative Commons, we'll change how fantasy heroes are depicted.
297 backers pledged $6,416 to help bring this project to life.

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Prismatic Art Collection is a free library of art representing heroes of all backgrounds. In geek culture, there are plenty of Lukes, but not enough Landos or Leias. We want to change that. We're raising funds to hire a diverse group of artists to create fantasy art depicting heroes of all backgrounds.

Our initial goal is $5,000, enough for at least 20 pieces of art centering on humans in 4 of the classic fantasy role-playing game archetypes. As we surpass those initial goals, we'll explore the world outside our comfortable tavern and unlock additional fantasy races and classes.

Here are some sample pieces from some of the artists who contacted us:

What are our Goals?

Chapter 1: Forming the Party $5,000

  • We will commission or license at least 20 pieces of art
  • Base Race: Humans
  • Base Classes: Fighters, Clerics, Wizards, and Rogues

Chapter 2: Delve into the Mountain Mines $7,500+

  • We will commission or license at least 10 more pieces of art (total of at least 30)
  • Unlocked Race: Dwarves
  • Unlocked Classes: Alchemists, Paladins

Chapter 3: Flight through the Enchanted Forest $10,000+

  • We will commission or license at least 10 more pieces of art (total of at least 40)
  • Unlocked Race: Elves
  • Unlocked Classes: Ranger, Druid

What's in it for Backers?

The art will be Creative-Commons Attribution Share-Alike licensed (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/), so you can download and use the art for your own role-playing games, board games, novels, you name it. Even a small pledge helps expand the library for everyone. For now, higher pledge levels will gain access to the art a bit earlier and, in the future, work more closely with an artist.

What's in it for Artists?

We're looking for partnerships with professional artists and we're dedicated to attracting a diverse group of artists including women and people of color. Please contact us at prismatic_art@sarahdarkmagic.com if you'd like to join us. If you provide original art, you'll be paid a fair rate for your work. If you have existing work that you think will qualify, let us know!

Who are you anyway?

  • Tracy Hurley is a blogger, podcaster, and freelance writer. Her site, SarahDarkmagic.com, was nominated for a 2011 ENnie for best blog and she has written for a number of companies including Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Kobold Quarterly/Open Design, Margaret Weis Productions, Smart Play Games, and Evil Hat Productions.
  • Daniel Solis is co-founder of Smart Play Games. By day, he is associate creative director at an advertising agency. By night, Daniel is a game designer always in search of cool representational art for his products. You can find more of his stuff at danielsolis.com 

 Together, we want to make it easier for underrepresented artists to find work, easier for everyone to find more varied depictions of heroes.

Who are some of the artists who have agreed to work with you?

...and more. Currently, we have about 30 confirmed artists overall and we're reaching out to many more. We've created an album on Google+ with their bios and we'll continue to add to it as more sign up.

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    Name on the thank you page of the Prismatic Art Collection website.

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    Have your character drawn by the talented Kaitlynn Peavler in the style of her comic, Experiment 073. Here's an example: http://www.experiment073.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/09/Kay.jpg

    The character art will also be released to the Creative Commons under the same license as the rest of the artwork. In addition, you get your name and and logo or other small picture at the top of the thank you page of the Prismatic Art Collection website.

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    Have your character drawn by the talented Brian Patterson of the d20monkey comic. Here's an example: http://www.sarahdarkmagic.com/content/brian-patterson-sample-commission The character art will also be released to the Creative Commons under the same license as the rest of the artwork. In addition, you get your name and and logo or other small picture at the top of the thank you page of the Prismatic Art Collection website.

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    Have your character drawn by the talented Crystal Frasier whose work has appeared in products from Paizo, Kobold Quarterly/Open Design, and others. She has some examples on her Tumblr http://amazonchique.tumblr.com/ The character art will also be released to the Creative Commons under the same license as the rest of the artwork. In addition, you get your name and and logo or other small picture at the top of the thank you page of the Prismatic Art Collection website.

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    Have your character concept corrupted by Jared von Hindman, the D&D Outsider and a contributing artist to the Wizards of the Coast website since 2009. You can get an idea of his style from the Outsider posts on the Wizards of the Coast site, his website HeadInjuryTheater.com, and this sample he created just for this project: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110367953918386470600/posts/9Pzjihq89rp The character art will also be released to the Creative Commons under the same license as the rest of the artwork. In addition, you get your name and and logo or other small picture at the top of the thank you page of the Prismatic Art Collection website.

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    Have your character drawn by the talented Amy Houser. Amy designs toys and does illustrations for companies and authors such as Evil Hat, Smart Play Games, Penny Dreadful Productions, Catherynne M. Valente, and Chuck Wendig. An example of her character portraits can be found in the updates section http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/sarahdarkmagic/prismatic-art-collection/posts/215442. The character art will also be released to the Creative Commons under the same license as the rest of the artwork. In addition, you get your name and and logo or other small picture at the top of the thank you page of the Prismatic Art Collection website.

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    A patron’s page on the Prismatic Art Collection website and 3 months early access to all of the black & white art.

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    Your adorable adventuring party. Daniel Solis will create cute avatars of your adventurers, in the same style seen in our Kickstarter video. These high-resolution, vector avatars will be included in the Prismatic Art Collection. Perfect for examples of play, call-outs and sidebars! Daniel will also record his process in a time-lapse screencast so you can watch your adventurers take shape. A very round shape.

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Funding period

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