Another artist’s work added to the Zelart Scholarship section of our stock art collection. Giedrius has created two full colour pieces of art for science fiction work. You can use these pieces for personal or professional projects – subject to the attached licence – after purchase HERE.
As you may recall we do a charity drive each year to provide a scholarship for young and struggling fantasy artists. This year we did something a little different, hiring artists to provide a good stock of art to increase the viability of the project in the future. All profits go to the next year’s scholarship.
One of these artists is Keith McMurran, whose work will be being put up for sale over the next few days.
The first of these is a cleric, suitable for old school RPGs and more lighthearted work with a style reminiscent of Phil Foglio. Download it HERE.
McMurrans work can be found in a gallery on Deviantart, though I feel that the work he has done for us is more representative of his talent.
The ZelArt Scholarship fundraiser has paid out and combined with the private donations there’s about $600 to play with. As I’ve covered, this year we’ve done things a little differently. To increase the sustainability of the project and the scholarship, this year the money will be going to as many art commissions as possible to be sold as stock art to support the scholarship into the future.
To that end, I am now looking for artists to commission.
I would prefer, still, to hire artists who are at school, college or university or who need the money due to some hardship or necessity. I’d still like to help people, even doing things this way around, as much as possible.
- Obviously, the cheaper people can provide work the better, as we can get more work to sell. That said here’s what we’re looking for…
- Original content – you can provide suggestions or we can.
- Fantasy, science fiction, horror, post apocalypse, steampunk, modern cop/spy/soldier, occult and other genre material.
- Characters, weapons, ships, vehicles, anything that fits. Spot-art for pages would also be good, several smaller pieces (like spot art) on a page would also be acceptable.
- Quarter, half or full page at 300-600 dpi, colour or black and white (B&W sells better).
- We’re opening up to cosplayers too, the same sorts of requirements apply and your content must be original. There isn’t the money to commission costumes or shoots, but you would be helping a good cause and making a little bit of cash!
Commissioned art will be paid on completion and your contact details and portfolio link will be included as part of the stock license. This means that any company or individual using your art will be given your information and must include it in any products that they produce. ‘Exposure’ has a bad rep, with good reason, but on top of being paid it can’t hurt!
If any artists want to DONATE art, they can also do that and it would be greatly appreciated. We’re open to that all year round.
Contact HERE for more details or to put yourself forward.
IF YOU WANT TO DONATE ART, SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM
Let me sum up…
Hi. I’m James ‘Grim’ Desborough, owner of Postmortem Studios. We’re an independent RPG game and fiction publisher with a large portfolio of genre stock art. I’ve been working in the RPG industry for nearly 20 years and have worked with a lot of great artists and publishers.
For many years I worked with a young, promising artists known as ‘DarkZel’, until he was tragically killed in an accident. In his memory I have run a scholarship fund for several years as a competition, helping out young or struggling artists with money for supplies or just to help them through school. I want to help them, in the same way, I helped Zel.
This year we’re doing something a little different. My ill health will not allow me to run a full crowdfunder and competition as I have in the past, and it has also become apparent that we do not have a large enough stockpile of stock art – yet – to make the scholarship self-sustaining. To that end, this year, I intend to solicit donated art and to use the money raised here to commission art pieces from young and struggling artists, all of which will be sold as stock art to help the viability of the scholarship long term.
By helping here, you’ll be contributing to aid for young artists for years to come.
What We Need
The money raised from the last year’s sales of the scholarship stock art will be combined with whatever is raised here to commission pieces from young and struggling artists. $500 will allow us to commission a number of pieces which will then be sold on sites like RPGNOW into the games design and writing community.
‘Exposure’ has a bad rap when it comes to creative work – I’m a writer, believe me, I know – but artists who donate art or get commissioned will get exposure to a large, potential pool of clients and their contact information will be disseminated to anyone who buys their art. I will also promote them on my blogs, social media and Youtube channels. Those commissioned will, of course, also be paid!
If we don’t reach the full goal, whatever amount is raised will go on commissioning art. Similarly, if we exceed our goal, all the money raised will go on commissioning art.
What do you get? You get to help create a legacy and to make young and struggling artist’s lives a little easier.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you can’t donate, what you can do is share the campaign and encourage others to do so. You can make people aware of the existing Scholarship stock art and encourage them to buy it and use it in their own projects. If you’re an artist, you can donate work and the details for that can be found on the Postmortem Studios blog.
If you’re an artist you can donate art to the stock-art stockpile to help raise money in the future – and even if you can’t donate art, please let other artists know. Art you donate will be sold as stock art to other RPG companies and publishers with the requirement that you be credited and linked. ‘Exposure’ is bullshit, as any creative person knows, but you will get some of that in addition to helping other artists.
- Art can be of any genre. Fantasy typically sells best, then science fiction, then horror and then the rest.
- Art can be of any style. Realistic, stylised, anime/manga, traditional fantasy, painted, sketched or any other.
- Art can be B&W or colour.
- Art must be submitted digitally at 300-600 dpi and preferably at approximately A4, A5 or A6 international sizes.
- Art may be existing art, provided you have the rights it has not already been licensed to anyone else.
- Suggestive or nude art is permissible, but not ‘full on hardcore’.
- Violent art is permissible.
- Art can be donated year round, but this push will run until the end of January.
- Please mail email@example.com your entry (or a link to a download site) and include your portfolio web address and contact email for new customers.
The winner of this year’s Darkzel Scholarship is Emily Vitori, who received a $600 payment thanks to the fundraising at IndieGoGo’s Generosity Platform and money raised over the last year from legacy sales of Zel’s art and those of previous winners.
Emily is a keen and enthusiastic member of the gaming community, known and loved by many. She’s also a brilliant artist with an Art Nouveau quality to much of her work, mostly accomplished via traditional media and techniques.
Inspired by gaming and mythology since I first overheard my brother play Dungeons & Dragons as a child, I’ve been drawing fantastical characters and creatures to help others bring their creations to life and for my own personal art therapy for many years now. I received an Art Education degree in college and did my best to instill that same joy in others through teaching art to young children for five years in Ohio, but unfortunately had to give that career up in order to help support my husband who has since become disabled. Now I work in the insurance industry but I still haven’t given up on the joy that art brings to me and others as I do freelance illustration and fantasy portraiture by commission.
And I do suggest you give this lovely lady some commissions. I’m loathe to put her contact details up here, but if you contact me privately I can pass them on so that you can commission from her.
Emily also – very generously – offered seven pieces of art for sale as stock art and these will be going on on RPGNOW over the next few days. All art sold from the Zelart section goes on to support the scholarship in the future.
Scholarship Report for 2016/17
Weirdly, running the scholarship seems to get harder every year. I’ve stepped up publicity as much as I can, my social reach has increased (thanks to Youtube and maxing out followership on Facebook) but in spite of this and expanding publicity to directly emailing the art and design departments of every university and every college in the UK it has still proven very hard to get entries.
If anyone would like to volunteer to help publicise in the future, that would be greatly appreciated.
I also received a lot of promises of support from various people that never materialised. Only Ben Rodriguez who promised a piece of donation art to help support the scholarship delivered. If you are a fantasy artist who wants to donate work to support the scholarship, you can donate at any time. Not just when we’re fundraising. Just let me know.
We’ve also suffered, again, from attempted sabotage. Because my name is attached to the project and because of my stances on free expression, along with various other issues, some people have taken it upon themselves to ‘warn’ people not to get involved or not to support. While I hope plugging away and continuing to confound the scuttlebutt will disarm these attempts it does cause damage and interferes with fundraising and getting entries. Why someone would seek to prevent hard-up artists getting aid in this way… I don’t know, but it happens.
Whatever the case, running the scholarship has become increasingly stressful and difficult and I think I will need to recruit help next year if I am to keep running it.
Watch this space.
This is your last chance to enter, it can be a pre-existing piece or a new piece, you qualify if you’re in education or in reduced circumstances.
We’ve had very few entries this year, so you’re really in with a chance if you can submit anything half decent.
Here’s a copy of the letter I’ve sent to educational art institutions. Feel free to send this information to any institutions, groups or others that you know of.
My apologies if this has reached the wrong person/department or a college/university without relevant course but I had to scrape contact emails from UCAS. Please take the moment to pass this on to the appropriate department or person.
- Entries for the scholarship should be sent in digital format (high quality JPG or PNG) to firstname.lastname@example.org
- They should be at least A6 in size at 300-600 dpi – suitable for print.
- They should be ‘genre art’, that is they should be usable in games genre formats such as fantasy, science fiction, horror, detective, military, detective etc.
- Entries should be send by the 28th of February 2017.
- Entries may be sent from already existing art, so long as the entrant retains full rights to that piece.
- Entries should be accompanied by an email with their name, any online portfolios or contact details they want to make public and why they’re applying.
- Entries can be almost any type of art, digital, traditional media (scanned or photographed at high quality), photography and so forth. So long as it meets the other criteria.
- Entries must come from students (in full time art education) or artists in reduced circumstances (long term unemployed, disabled, medical debt etc). Please feel free to pass on information about this scholarship to other educational institutions, departments or anyone else you think would qualify.
James ‘Grim’ Desborough