I love what I do for a living. I get to be an explorer, an inventor, a biologist. An adventurer. Through my years playing D&D, working for TSR, Wizards of the Coast, and then freelancing, I had the privilege of revealing wonders to people who share my love of the fantastic. I dissected dragons to see how they work. I found friends and companions—from spacefarers in distant solar systems, to pirates and thieves and magicians, to a certain dark elf. Whole cultures, entire races, emerged into the light. Along the road I discovered a world of my own, which is still unveiling. Many of you have been with me every step of the way. Your appreciation of my efforts made it all possible.
UPDATE: Thanks to the overwhelming support, the page count is now 336. Depending on how these last two days go, I may be able to push it to 352! That includes most of the paintings I've done plus some essential process and concept art.
Found Worlds will be a record of our excavations together, a compilation of every world we’ve uncovered. I want to put it all in this book, and that's why we're here. It’s going to be big, and I want to share art and process for everything from the beginning of my career to all my finished paintings—Dungeons & Dragons, Drizzt, Magic: The Gathering, Warcraft, The Evertide, and countless other realms. I'm asking for your help to make it happen. Are you ready to take another journey with me?
Introduction by artist and friend, John Avon, with commentary by Donato Giancola, Mark Nelson, Marie Brennan, R.A. Salvatore, and others.
Found Worlds will be 9"x12", with over 290 pages of illustrations printed at the best quality modern printers can achieve. The time and finances it takes to make a book this size possible can skyrocket quickly, and you know I'm a perfectionist, but I want this to be a beautiful and lasting portfolio of my work. In the meantime, I'm halfway done with my second novel in The Evertide series, but illustration still pays the bills; Found Worlds may give me room to continue building this universe with story and art.
Besides the book, I'm offering quite a few rewards as a thanks to backers. Some of these are brand new or expanded compilations of my art, while others are discounted or rarely-offered items. Take note below that we'll charge for shipping after the campaign and before the books ship next year.
- THREE 8.5"x11" Prints - printed on premium luster photo paper with an archival 8-color process.
- Sketchbook Vols. 1 & 2 - I've done so many black & white drawings and concept pieces over the course of my career that there's no room for all of them in one book, so I'll include them as sketchbooks instead. I'm still finalizing their contents, but one will likely feature my concept work for 3rd Edition D&D. The other will collect finished pen and ink illustrations. Between the two I’ll also share additional process on some of my favorite paintings.
- The Special Edition - Found Worlds, but wrapped in a dragonskin textured leather and stamped with a silver foil title. Each of these books will come signed and numbered. Each edition of this book comes with a hand-drawn sketch, or Remarque, inside—unique to that book.
Our printer showcases the wonderful “Dragonskin” leather I’ve picked out for the Limited Edition slipcase and book cover. Dragons have scales in armored areas, but skin more like that of an elephant or rhino over most of their bodies. This was a perfect match.
- The Collector's Portfolio- These 13"x19" prints are usually convention-only. For the first time here online I'm offering collections at a reduced price. Choose from Drizzt, Dragons, Magic: the Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, D&D Monster Manual Dragons, and the Lady Trent Collection.
Limited Edition Metal Evertide Print* - Offered only through this Kickstarter as a thank you to my highest backers is this 20"x20" Metal print of the iconic Evertide statue. Signed & limited to a number determined by this Kickstarter.
*The metal print will ship in a separate category from all other tiers.
Other Limited Edition Prints - I'm only offering the metal print through this Kickstarter, but most all of my paintings are available as limited edition prints through my website toddlockwood.com
SHIPPING- I’m going to charge for shipping AFTER the campaign when the books are ready to ship. Which means you'll likely receive a survey from our Kickstarter with an opportunity to enter your address and pay for shipping then. I'll keep everyone updated with reminders when that survey is open / emailed. I've done my best to estimate realistic shipping for different countries. Again, these are just estimates, and I've tried to design the rewards so that they will ship to your door easily in one container, all except for the Metal Evertide Print. For this, and thus for the Dragon's Hoard tier, we will have to charge shipping separately from the other tiers. I'm working with some European services to decrease these costs, but please be aware of the shipping before you pledge, and feel free to email or contact with any questions. See "regular shipping" for all other tiers besides Dragon's Hoard, below:
Retailers—If you want to purchase 5 or more books for your own storefront, please email me: email@example.com
Add-ons - If you would like to combine tiers or purchase multiple versions of a tier, you can increase your pledge to cover the total amount of them added together. After the campaign ends, we will reach out to anyone with extra funds pledged to survey them about the additional rewards they are interested in.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit this campaign. Thank you for believing in what I love. Thank you for coming with me on this journey.
The best is yet to come!
Risks and challenges
We've tried our best to talk with the printer in detail and hammer out a deadline for this book. Although I've done my best to estimate exactly when it would be at your door, I've had enough experience to know that there can always be unforeseen challenges. A blizzard may strike for a week, a dragon may burn my house down, or the economy could collapse into ruin taking everything we know with it in a nuclear apocalypse. Barring the last instance, I will keep you constantly updated on the state of the book as the adventure continues, and you can always contact me for any questions or concerns you may have.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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