#RPG #Art – ZelArt Scholarship 2017-2018

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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.

DONATING ART

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 grim@postmort.demon.co.uk your entry (or a link to a download site) and include your portfolio web address and contact email for new customers.

 

#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 Winner 2015-2016

176195This year’s winner is Erika Markkinen, a talented young artist and tattooist from Finland.

Erika is heading back into full-time education to train in digital media and has had some recent setbacks including a nasty car accident and some broken equipment, and so best fit the criteria for the award (supporting young genre artists in education).

Erika’s piece is available for sale HERE and she is available for commissions and, if you’re in Finland, tattoos.

(Full disclosure: Erika has worked for me before on FLICKPIG, where she did outstanding work drawing an adventuring party of humanoid pigs. I consulted with several people to avoid positive discrimination on my part).

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176194The runner up, who kindly donated their submission to support the scholarship was Inna Vjuzhanina.

Inna is a brilliant colour artist with some outstanding work who is, nonetheless, struggling at the moment to find commissions. If you look at her work this is somewhat hard to believe. Here portfolio contains many outstanding pieces of work, which can be viewed here. She also sells prints of her work which can be found here.

Her donated piece can be purchased and downloaded HERE.

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The scholarship faced a lot of challenges this year. It was extremely hard to get entries for reasons that aren’t 100% clear, but we did – even – face active sabotage with an apparently obsessive troll trying to ‘warn people off’ from applying and casting various aspersions. This is an enormous shame and a horrible thing to do as it only ends up hurting the very bright, young artists we’re seeking to help.

I hope we can up our game next year, perhaps by contacting colleges, schools and universities more directly, and earlier, to encourage both donations and applications.

Advice welcome.

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.

HELP NEEDED – ZelArt Scholarship 2015-16

We made our target, but I suspect a couple of donations may be fraudulent so I’d like to get a bit of a safety net, plus I’d just like to be able to offer whoever does gain the scholarship more money.

There’s a bigger problem though. Usually by this point I have received a half-dozen applications. This year I have received…

…none.

This is a problem. There’s no point having a scholarship scheme if you can’t give it to anyone.

So PLEASE HELP!

Share, tweet, Facebook, G+, mention on Youtube, pass this on in your blog, let artist forums and communities know, send up flares, smoke signals, whatever you can.

The scholarship is for science fiction and fantasy artists, primarily in school, college or university who could use the money for supplies or to make life a little easier. It’s also open to SF&F artists in reduced circumstances like the long-term unemployed and the disabled.

So please, pass it on, let people know.

I can be contacted at GRIM at POSTMORT dot DEMON dot CO dot UK

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.

DarkZel Scholarship 2015

gcqsngdzsnf6vqutl3xpThe Darkzel Scholarship for this year has commenced.

You can give money to the scholarship fund HERE.

There’s more information in the Darkzel scholarship tab at the top of this page, but here’s the brief rundown as we’re not only soliciting donations towards the scholarship fund, but also entries and applications for the scholarship!

The Darkzel Scholarship

Zachary Harris, ‘Zel’ or ‘Darkzel’, was a friend of mine who worked for me on a number of projects from Blood! to Cthentacle as well as side projects such as a comic book and stock art. We were planning all sorts of projects together and he worked with me for some years until his untimely death while he was teaching English in Korea.

In this business, you often end up working with young artists and so it was with Zel. As a result we forged a friendship and I helped him pay his way through education and to blossom into a professional and very skilled artist.

What better way, then, to commemorate him by establishing a scholarship in his name to further support new, young artists? So that’s what I decided to do.

Young SF&F artists often have a hard time in an education system which favours ‘fine art’ or ‘design’, neither of which SF&F easily fit into. Art is also, often, a hard career to enter and to succeed at with expensive supplies and other issues that stand in a person’s way.

126181How it Works

Each year I consolidate the money raised by Zel’s stock art and the donations and winners from previous years and put it into a lump sum, as well as running a fundraiser to raise the scholarship funding to a more useful level (typically $500). Each year, then, more art accumulates and in theory the income rises year on year as the art is added to.

This year sales raised $60. I hope donations can add onto this and get us to at least $600.

You Want to Help?

You can…

  • Donate Money at the IndieGoGo fundraiser.
  • Donate Art (Pieces should meet the same criteria as entries.
  • Publicise (Post on forums, blogs, social media etc).
  • Buy some art, the sales of which go to fund the scholarship.

145470You Want a Scholarship?

The Fundraiser will close out on February the 1st next year and judging may finish then or continue until the end of February, depending on the number of entries received in that period.

  • Entries need to be presented in electronic format, submitted to my email address (grim AT postmort DOT demon DOT co DOT uk).
  • Entries should be at least A6 size at 300-600 dpi.
  • B&W or colour is fine.
  • Content should be Science Fiction or Fantasy related – or at least ‘genre’ related. Horror is also fine, modern adventure/spy/historical adventure, pulp, steampunk and so on is all fine too. (‘Adult’ illustration is OK, but full on erotic/pornographic cannot be accepted).
  • You must be in full-time education at High School, College or University. Entries from people in reduced circumstances (long term unemployment, disabled etc) will be considered but the scholarship is primarily intended to help young up-and-coming artists. You’ll need to provide confirmation of your status either way.
  • You must be payable via Paypal.