#RPG #Art Darkzel Scholarship 2016-17 Commencing Soon

The Darkzel Scholarship for 2016-17 will be starting fundraising soon.

This will be the fourth annual fundraiser in memory of my long-time art collaborator ‘Zel’ Harris, cruelly taken from us in a terrible accident, putting paid to what I always thought was a very promising career in art. In his memory and given working for me helped him through his education, I have set up an annual scholarship to aid genre artists working their way through college or in reduced circumstances such as disability, long term unemployment, mental health crises and other hardships.

The fundraising part will run through the month of December and we’ll be accepting entries through December and January before awarding the scholarship by the end of February.

We already have a fund of $100 from this year’s art sales, I’ll be seeking to raise another $500 on top of that for a total of at least $600 as a scholarship.

The aim is still to make the scholarship self funding and it has become apparent that a much stronger effort is going to be needed to make this happen. As such I’m doing a big push this year for donation art. As well as supporting with financial contributions, sharing on social media etc I will be hitting up artists for contributions that can be sold to help support the scholarship in the coming years.

More information will be coming soon, but for now if you’re an artist or know artists and are willing to help, please contact me about submitting a piece for sale (as stock art) to help continue to fund the scholarship. Your work will be sold electronically and will be used – with credit – by multiple role-playing and publishing companies as well as contributing via the sales to the fund.

These pieces should be genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, superheroes or similar) and 300-600dpi. Old pieces or concept pieces you haven’t otherwise sold are perfectly acceptable.

I think you, in advance, for your aid, whether in donating art or helping with the publicity and fundraising in the near future!

Love and bunnies,

Grim

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ZelArt Scholarship Extension

145584Unbelievably, it appears that artists don’t like free money as there have been no applications for the Zelart Scholarship.

As such I am extending the application period until the end of February.

Here’s the cliff notes on how to apply:

  1. In order to apply you need to be in full-time education or to be in reduced circumstances (disabled, long term unemployed or in need of the money (around $600-700 at the moment) for a good reason.
  2. You need to submit a piece of artwork to be considered. Ideally this should be a new piece of art and it needs to be of publishable quality (at least 300dpi and at least A6 in size).
  3. Your artwork and your area of interest must be science fiction or fantasy, more broadly ‘genre’ fiction pieces are what is desired. That can include horror, post-apocalyptic and other sub-genres as well.
  4. The winning piece of artwork will be sold in future in order to help fund and perpetuate the scholarship.
  5. Send a query to grim AT postmort DOT demon DOT co DOT uk if you need more information.
  6. As and when you win you’ll need to be able to receive the money via Paypal.

The fundraiser appears to still be open for late donations. If you ARE an artist who wants to help you can also donate art for sale to help perpetuate the scholarship.

Once again, I ask any and al SF&F artists out there to help spread the word to art students and struggling artists everywhere. A few hundred dollars isn’t much but it’s enough to eat for a while, get art supplies, replace a broken tablet or tattoo gun and to make a difference.

If we continue to have no applications I will either roll the money over to next year, or find a deserving charity (perhaps the CBLDF) to donate to.

Darkzel Petition & Scholarship

Two things.

First, while it has been a couple of years now since my friend Zel’s death (Zachary Harris) the court case around his death rumbles on and compensation relating to it is still being disputed. I’ve done what I can to help by offering my testimony and perspective, but another way in which his family’s lawyers have decided to try and pressure the court (who only want to pay out on a beginning freelancer’s salary) into acknowledging that Zel was a talented young artist with a bright future who could have and would have made a lot more as time went on.

So, that said if you appreciated the art in anything Zel worked on for me (Blood, Cthentacle, Hentacle, Final Straw and others) PLEASE sign the petition to show your support.

That petition can be found HERE.

I would also appreciate support for the DarkZel scholarship, which is my way of honouring Zel’s memory by doing for others what I did for him in helping a bright new talent get through education with a little less trouble and stress. The link to that can be found HERE.

Thank you in advance for your help, and if you are a young artist or an artist living in reduced circumstances, please consider making an entry to win the scholarship yourself.

Sophie Lancaster Foundation Update

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Last month we made a pledge to make a donation to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation on the back of people’s poor reactions to Privilege Check and as it was World Goth Day at the time.

I am pleased to announce that after royalties, prior commitments and other costs, we were able to donate $200 (US) to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.

Visions and ideas about combating intolerance and bigotry may vary, ideas of what constitutes appropriate humour may vary, but hopefully we can all agree that working against these things is a good idea. I encourage you to donate further.

Our ongoing charitable effort is a memorial to DarkZel, a long time artistic associate of Postmortem Studios and a friend who is sorely missed. If you would like to help us further with our charitable efforts, the DarkZel Scholarship is intended to help young art students pay their way through college and you can help with donations of art to be sold to raise funds for the scholarship, or with explicit monetary donations – contact me for details.

Darkzel Scholarship 2013 Winner

Before you do anything else, go and buy this piece of art HERE.

Postmortem artist, cartoonist and friend Zel Harris – known to you as Darkzel – was killed in 2013 robbing the comic, anthro, adult and RPG world of a very talented young artist whom I was proud to call my friend.

In his memory I insistuted the Darkzel Scholarship Scheme for young artists with an interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Each year all profits from the sale of Zel’s art – and any scholarship winners or donated pieces – will be collected together and given to the best new, young artist (high school/college/university) that we can find to help them pay their way through their studies.

This year’s winner is Vera Nattler and this is her piece.

More information is available at the Postmortem Studios blog/website.

This piece depicts a pair of elves ready for battle. It measures 2160 x 2300 pixels.

Vera Nattler, the artist for this piece, can be contacted for commissions HERE.

She has galleries online HERE and HERE.

  • If you want to help the Darkzel Scholarship in 2014 there are several things you can do:
  • Buy art from the ZelArt section of our online store.
  • Donate art to be added to the section, to sell to support the scholarship this year (all profit from this section goes to the scholarship)
  • Spread the word.

2014s competition will start in November.

Sad News About DarkZel

ZelHarrisI woke up this morning to an email from DarkZel’s mother, bearing the sad news that Zel had been killed – back in May – hit by a bus as he crossed the street. I’ve been trying to collect my thoughts since I read the mail earlier this morning and I want to speak without the detachment of time, while the shock is still raw, so I’ll speak from the heart.

Internet friendships are strange beasts. You touch minds and personalities with people that you have never actually ‘met’, and yet they can still affect you very deeply. I do my best to be friends with everyone I work with. It’s not necessarily very professional all the time, but it makes work easier where people can get on and make allowances for each other. Sometimes making friends with people is difficult, with Zel it was easy. He really was a lovely guy.

I first met Zel back in 2006 when he was twenty and still going through his education. He worked on Hentacle with me, on ‘Three’s An Orgy’, but later worked on many other projects and produced some clip art. We’d joke that the money from the work he did for me kept him in ramen noodles. I always like it when the pittance that I can pay makes a big difference in someone’s life and helping Zel through his education and out the other side, watching his art improve and a young man grow and pay it forward – as he was in teaching English in South Korea.

I always had more confidence in Zel than he had in himself. I saw a lot of my past self in him, the quiet social outcast with the weird interests and the awkwardness. The frustration he felt in getting people to understand the art he loved. The lack of confidence. Yet I find out, with his death, that he was as well loved in his other community – the furry community – as he was with me and the people who bought the games that he illustrated.

His work for me is still earning money. I don’t know what to do with it yet, but the ongoing clipart money will either go to his family, to a charity that his family chooses, or I’ll form some sort of ‘ramen scholarship’ to help out other struggling art students having to choose between art supplies and food.

I’ll keep you posted and I know many of you will miss this talented young man and his art, as much as I am going to.