Renowned freelance artist James "Je" Shields is launching his latest stock art Kickstarter on June 9, themed around "modern, sci-fi, and Lovecraftian" genre imagery.
James told me that the "greatest bulk of the art will be divided among vehicles, scenes, characters, and items with an even dispersion among the genres".
However, he added that:
"Backers will get to submit illustration ideas [which] will be curated and put to a vote. Winning ideas will then be created for at least two of genres in this project.Initial Kickstarter funding will support the create of all of the line art for the project, with colours being unlocked as stretch goals.
"Every backer will also receive a non-exclusive right to use the artwork indefinitely for any number of projects."
James said: "If we unlock every stretch goal, then all of the art will be in colour at no extra cost to the backers."
Addressing the background to the project, he explained:
"As I began planning my next stock art project, I opened up the conversation to independent publishers for what they saw was needed.Modern Mythos and Machine, by Jeshields, (a Mix-N-Match stock art project of Modern, Sci-Fi, and Lovecraft themes), will go live here on June 9, and you can click the tag for a reminder to be emailed to you once the campaign is open to investors.
"That engagement offered me a perspective I would not have had otherwise and it became very clear that there was a high demand for modern art assets and science fiction. There was just enough conversation about
Lovecraft and the Cthulhu Mythos to convince me to include it to push my artistic talents even further.
"When I stepped into illustrating for tabletop roleplaying games, I wanted to give independent publishers with a limited budget the opportunity to still have quality art to bring their worlds to life and entice people to explore their worlds. This project is my next attempt to do just that."
The Kickstarter will then run for two weeks.