Both myself and the artist had a rough old couple of years working on Gor. If you feel like exploring the artist’s work (Caution, NSFW) and helping him out, here’s some links…
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.
Due to the delays in getting the main Gor RPG and resource book out because of the art I am forced to start looking into putting out – or at least commissioning – supporting material in advance of the books being released. I also have to update the game material to account for the latest novel, PLUNDER.
As such I am looking for some artists and – in a rare turn of events – writers, to help me get this supplementary material up and going.
I’m not quite ready to commission yet, but will be in the near future. I want to produce a piece of the material myself to demonstrate what I’m after to people. Still, if you want to pre-register your interest let me know.
The job will be adventure writing, mostly in a loose, investigative structure, without the statistics for the creatures/people involved. The target will be 6-7k words for which you’ll be paid 0.03 USD per word with a maximum payout of $200.
Familiarity with Gor is necessary, but you don’t have to be au fait with the entire canon.
Background material will be provided.
Since you won’t be writing system material this is less important, but a familiarity with the OpenD6 system will still be helpful.
If you can make available an example of your adventure/scenario writing work for me to peruse, that would be very helpful.
The job will be producing three to four (or more if willing) quarter A4/Letter illustrations at 600 dpi in black and white. This will usually be 1-2 figures, a figure and monster, an object or similar. Basic rate will be $100 USD for these four illustrations but this is negotiable to an extent and you’ll be given as much creative leeway and other benefits as possible.
You should be willing and able to draw (tasteful) nudity to the point of bare breasts and some illustrations may require a familiarity with a BDSM aesthetic, though most will be more along sword and sorcery or planetary romance lines. Think Frazetta, Royo, Cho etc and you get some idea.
You’ll be provided reference material for descriptions and examples of existing art to work from.
Applications should be made to email@example.com and please do pass this information along.
We’re up over $300 but still need at least $200 more to hit the goal of $500.
We’re also still need donated art that can be sold as stock art to support the scholarship fund and we still need applications from artists FOR the scholarship!
You can donate and find more details HERE
Please, please consider donating even a dollar, 5 dollars, any amount for the scholarship so that we can help support and foster new sci-fi, fantasy and horror artists to work in games and other publications in the future as well as helping out artists who might be in reduced circumstances due to unemployment, disability or other issues.
Please pass on this information wherever and however you can in forums, social media sites and elsewhere and let’s make this a success again.
The ever-lovely, charming, wonderful, generous, shy and retiring art genius Ben Rodriguez has donated a piece of art to support the Darkzel Art Scholarship. Something all of you should do and can do HERE.
We need donated art to keep the scholarship going.
We need donations to this year’s fund.
We need people to apply for the scholarship!
Otherwise, you can buy a picture of a dragon, and some other stuff too, HERE!
Then apply, help, donate, do something to aid this project!
Paypal Donations & Submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Entrants must be art students or artists in reduced circumstances.
Submissions need to be in print resolution (300-600 dpi) and 1/4 page (A6) or larger.
Submissions can be in black and white, or colour.
Submissions will be sold as stock art to both promote the artist and to support the scholarship in following years.
Payout will be at the end of January or the beginning of February.