[19:32] <+Jeshields> My name is James Shields but I do business as Jeshields.
[19:33] <+Jeshields> I have been a freelance illustrator for the roleplaying game industry for 4 to 5 years and have worked for a number of independent companies, which are my target audience.
[19:34] <+Jeshields> There is so much more creative freedom and sense of creation when working for independent game companies that I simply enjoy the opportunities a lot more.
[19:34] <+Jeshields> Since I began working in the industry, it have been my goal to give back to the community that has given so much to me.
[19:35] <+Jeshields> My way of doing that is to help independent publishers bridge the gap between pure stock art and straight commissions.
[19:36] <+Jeshields> My current project, Choose Your Own: Sci-Fi Stock Art is my latest attempt at this goal of mine.
[19:37] <+Jeshields> Since the RPG industry is, for the most part, a hobby industry, a lot of small publishers rely heavily on the use of stock art.
[19:38] <+Frog> And public domain art
[19:39] <+Jeshields> However, stock art (and yes, public domain art) has a reputation for being 1) Poor quality. 2) Difficult to find what you need. and 3) What-you-see-is-what-you-get.
[19:39] <+Jeshields> After a discussion on Reddit about what was missing in sci-fi stock art, some of the responses caused the gears in my head to start turning.
[19:40] <+Jeshields> I asked the question, “What if you could mix and match high quality artwork to CREATE the image you needed?
[19:41] <+Jeshields> I had already done a Kickstarter to create fantasy stock art. But aside from backers getting to submit ideas to be illustrated, it had the same problem as all stock art. You get what you get.
[19:42] <+Jeshields> Instead, I wanted to offer the building material to publishers to piece together just what they need.
[19:42] <+Jeshields> That desire led to this: (Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jeshields/choose-your-own-sci-fi-stock-art)https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jeshields/choose-your-own-sci-fi-stock-art
[19:43] <+Frog> Are you drawing in digital or importing ink art to modify in Photoshop?
[19:46] <+Jeshields> I draw the ink artwork physically, but I import it into Photoshop and convert the lines to vector format. Backers at the $50 will get .png files of assets to mix and match as they would like. The $75 pledge level will receive the .PSD files with vectors to allow them to change colors, alter shadows, and even crop out additional assets they would like to use.
[19:48] <+Jeshields> (done)
[19:50] <~Dan> Are you the first one to offer a service like this?
[19:54] <~Dan> (Howdy, KJ!?
[19:54] <~Dan> )
[19:54] <~Dan> -?
[19:57] <+Jeshields> I am the first one to offer this sort of thing for characters, vehicles, weapons, and backgrounds for commercial use that I am aware of. Towns & Cityscapes offered something like this for private use, but it was limited to assets for maps.
[19:57] <+Jeshields> There was an isometric map project as well. Now that I think on it, I think there is a character profile stock art pack similar to this, but the style is more 3D and limited to busts/portraits.
[19:58] <+Jeshields> My project will allow you to flip, rotate, resize, swap layers, etc of the assets you piece together.
[19:58] <+Jeshields> If I am wrong about being the first to offer something like this, I reserve the right to be wrong, but as far as I know, yes. (done)
[19:59] <~Dan> (Howdy, Blarghedy, Janus!)
[20:00] <+RafaelLVX> What sci-fi themes are you aiming for? Hint: post-apocalyptic and cyberpunk. 😀 (Just kidding.)
[20:00] <~Dan> (Howdy, Nat!)
[20:01] <+Nat> hey all
[20:02] <+Jeshields> I am not aiming for a specific sci-fi theme, but rather, trying to allow use for as much possible use as I can. When creating stock art, this has to be a consideration regardless if you want a lot of use out of it.
[20:03] <~Dan> What sort of response have you gotten from game publishers?
[20:04] <~Dan> (Nat: Topic: (Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jeshields/choose-your-own-sci-fi-stock-art?ref=discovery&term=sci%20stock%20art)https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jeshields/choose-your-own-sci-fi-stock-art?ref=discovery&term=sci%20stock%20art )
[20:04] <+Jeshields> That is why I am offering pieces to swap in and out. La Forge’s visor looks great in many sci-fi settings but it may not work in your particular setting. Alien races work in many sci-fi settings, but not all, so what if you could swap out their heads (and/or) arms to something more human for your setting? It’s my goal to allow you to do that.
[20:05] <+RafaelLVX> That said, don’t you think sci-fi being so broad, many themes risk being left out if you go for “as much possible use” as possible? I’ll use post-apocalyptic as an example. It normally has a grunge feel to it. Then if you go to space opera, there are those clean luxurious ships like in Star Trek. Completely different.
[20:06] <+Jeshields> Dan, that is that an incredible topic. Let me address RafaelLVX ‘s question and get to that.
[20:06] <+RafaelLVX> Do you intend to hit those very distinct places in the sci-fi spectrum?
[20:13] <+Jeshields> You are right. They are different, but I see no reason I cannot offer assets for each of those spectrums. I do plan to hit the distinct sci-fi themes such as hard sci-fi, cyberpunk, post-apocalyptic, etc because so much can flow into each other.
[20:14] <~Dan> (Howdy, Diogo_OldSkull!)
[20:14] <+Jeshields> As far as the response from game publishers go, it has simply been overwhelming. For the first full week after the Kickstarter launched, I had to update the project every day because I would have more publishers offering complimentary copies of their RPG products as additional awards for backers.
[20:15] <+Diogo_OldSkull> Hey!
[20:15] <~Dan> ( RafaelLVX, meet Diogo_OldSkull. 🙂 )
[20:18] <~Dan> Jeshields: Very cool!
[20:19] <~Dan> Would you say that all of your art has a similar style?
[20:21] <+Jeshields> In total, there are THIRTY products that have been voluntarily (I never asked a single person) added as incentive for people to back this project.
[20:21] <+Jeshields> The dollar amount of complimentary products actually exceeds most pledge levels.
[20:21] <+Jeshields> It is something I never expected but is part of what I attribute to the current success of the project. It feels like small publishers are expressing their gratitude for helping them accomplish their goals by helping me with mine. It feels great to be a part of a community like this.
[20:21] <+Jeshields> (done)
[20:21] <+RafaelLVX> olá Diogo_OldSkull! *abanando*
[20:21] <+RafaelLVX> Are all assets going to be in colors?
[20:21] <+RafaelLVX> As opposed to black and white.
[20:23] <~Dan> Yikes. Lots of netsplits this evening.
[20:25] <+Jeshields> If you need me to repeat an answer to any question,let me know.
[20:25] <+FreeGamer> (Hello, netsplit.)
[20:25] <~Dan> Let me scroll back before the netsplit.
[20:26] <~Dan> Unanswered questions:
[20:27] <~Dan> [20:19] <~Dan> Would you say that all of your art has a similar style?
[20:27] <~Dan> [20:21] <+RafaelLVX> Are all assets going to be in colors?[20:21] <+RafaelLVX> As opposed to black and white.
[20:27] <+Jeshields> Man, netsplit didn’t even let me see those.
[20:27] <+Janus> hmmmm
[20:27] <+Janus> working on it
[20:28] <~Dan> (Janus here is our Friendly Neighborhood Admin. 🙂 )
[20:28] <~Dan> wb, Nat!
[20:30] <+Jeshields> So, art style – yes. If you are familiar with my work, you can usually identify it. That should allow all of the assets to flow seamlessly with each other. I don’t know whom I would compare my art to, but I do know the people who have influenced my work.
[20:30] <+Jeshields> Assets will be available in both ink and color (and at the $75 level, photoshop file to all change of colors)
[20:31] <+Jeshields> I personally prefer black and white interiors but I know that’s not everybody’s preference, and I feel like my last Kickstarter might have done better had I offered color, which led to my decision to offer color this time around.
[20:31] <+Jeshields> (done)
[20:33] <~Dan> That does seem wise, re: color.
[20:33] <~Dan> Congrats on funding, btw!
[20:35] <+Jeshields> Well, it’s something I have to give heavy consideration because adding color is extra work. And thank you. We’re on to our stretch goals.
[20:38] <+Jeshields> Which is another area that I’m aiming to exceed the dollar value of each pledge level. For every $1000 over the funding goal, every backer gets $20 in stock art credit. That credit is good for life.
[20:38] <+Jeshields> We’ve already exceeded the first milestone and if we exceed the next $1000, backers will receive another $20 in stock art credit.
[20:38] <~Dan> Nice!
[20:40] <+Jeshields> Additionally, everybody will get to submit ideas to the pool of inspiration that I will draw some of my ideas from.
[20:40] <+Jeshields> (done)
[20:41] <~Dan> Since you were successful with this KS, what’s next?
[20:41] <+Jeshields> Oh, lastly, if you happen to be a fan of my work, you can pledge high enough to receive a signed original illustration and guarantee that I draw one of your submitted ideas.
[20:45] <+Jeshields> Next? I’m doing a fantasy stock art project. I just came back from the North Texas RPG Convention. One game had two adventurers playing wheelbarrow because the only thing that would keep them from sticking to the enchanted floor was a pair of magical boots and gauntlets.
[20:45] <+Jeshields> Very tempted to do a ‘Stupid RPG Moments’ Kickstarter to create people’s dumb moments and release the license to use those in RPG products.
[20:46] <~Dan> (wb, Diogo_OldSkull)
[20:46] <~Dan> Oh, you were in my neck of the woods!
[20:47] <+Jeshields> But, more than likely, it will be a Choose Your Own: Fantasy Stock Art Kickstarter.
[20:47] <+Jeshields> It will be very similar to my current project, but fantasy in theme.
[20:47] <+Jeshields> (done)
[20:47] <+Nat> That sound awesome. So same idea as the current one, but fantasy based?
[20:47] <+Jeshields> Yes, Nat.
[20:47] <+Jeshields> I noticed, Dan. Did you make it to the convention at all? I grew up north of Dallas.
[20:48] <~Dan> I’ve never been. Is it mostly OSR?
[20:49] <~Dan> Where north of Dallas, out of curiosity?
[20:52] <+Jeshields> Nat, the only reasons I didn’t do fantasy with this one were: 1) I had already done a fantasy project and 2) I love science fiction.
[20:52] <+Jeshields> Dan, I love it. CLOSE feel of friendship there. Every year I make more friends. But yes, mostly OSR or rather, older RPGs, but you can run any RPG you want, and many do. I make it my purpose to play games I’ve never (or rarely) had the chance to play before.
[20:56] <+Nat> I love the overall idea, just more of a fantasy lover myself, so something to look forward to.
[20:56] <+Jeshields> Nat, I understand that. I plan to make some of the assets still usable for fantasy settings. Many alien races can double as fantasy creatures. Alien landscapes fit into fantasy backgrounds. There are even some genres that will fit in both. (Ex: A desert background can be used in botj Sci-Fi and Fantasy because it is not intrinsically either.
[20:56] <+Jeshields> Dan, The Colony.
[20:56] <+Diogo_OldSkull> And for OSR guys that loves pulp fantasy, Sci_
[20:56] <+Diogo_OldSkull> Scifi and fantasy can be mixed too
[20:56] <+Diogo_OldSkull> 🙂
[20:56] <+Jeshields> Diogo, you don’t have any interest in both genres at all…. >.>
[20:57] <+Diogo_OldSkull> Lol
[20:57] <+Diogo_OldSkull> If I can I will get all your stuff!
[20:57] <~Dan> 🙂
[20:58] <+Diogo_OldSkull> Maybe some cyberpunk for later on!
[20:58] <+Jeshields> If this does well enough, you’ll have loads of stock art credit to do just that!
[20:59] <+Diogo_OldSkull> I bet! And when the funds from SB&CS drops to commission some more 🙂
[21:00] <+Jeshields> Sweet! Would love to draw something specifically for SB&CS.
[21:01] <+Diogo_OldSkull> Awesome! We will sort this out soon! 🙂
[21:02] <~Dan> Cool. 🙂
[21:03] <~Dan> What other genres do you think you might cover?
[21:04] <+RafaelLVX> Jeshields I’m just glad you picked sci-fi because there’s so much fantasy art out there already.
[21:04] <+RafaelLVX> Nothing against medieval fantasy but the deal is, it’s hard to get affordable sci-fi art.
[21:04] <+RafaelLVX> That said, I won’t lie, because everyone is such a sucker for medieval fantasy, I’m betting you’ll be even more successful in Choose you own fantasy stock art. Still, I’m glad!
[21:06] <+Jeshields> Any other questions? Perhaps something I missed?
[21:07] <~Dan> Not sure if you saw my question:
[21:07] <~Dan> [21:03] <~Dan> What other genres do you think you might cover?
[21:08] <+Diogo_OldSkull> Do already have an estimate on how many images will it be?
[21:15] <+Jeshields> Aiming for 250 assets, Diogo. 50 for each category of portraits, characters, weapons, vehicles, and backgrounds.
[21:15] <+Jeshields> Dan, do you mean in future projects or this one?
[21:15] <~Dan> Future projects.
[21:15] <+RafaelLVX> I was instantly hooked by your project, I mean, the premise of mixing and matching. If you told me about it I’d have second thoughts but looking at the project page it was clear this can be awesome, and a trend for stock art. But it can also be hard to make so many assets the fit together. Did you plan hundreds of assets ahead of the project itself?
[21:17] <+Jeshields> Future projects? I would love to do a supers kickstarter, but I don’t think there would be enough support for a Kickstarter. I haven’t given much thought to after Fantasy, so I would probably poll the public before deciding.
[21:17] <+Jeshields> Let me know if I missed anything during the netsplit.
[21:18] <+RafaelLVX> If you told me about it I’d have second thoughts but looking at the project page it was clear this can be awesome, and a trend for stock art. But it can also be hard to make so many assets the fit together. Did you plan hundreds of assets ahead of the project itself?
[21:18] <~Dan> Supers clip art would be difficult, I’d think.
[21:22] <+Jeshields> This is my first rodeo doing this. I tested with some existing images I had and liked the result. (Link: https://ksr-ugc.imgix.net/assets/021/239/842/da735b7486e587da68848fc72cfd877e_original.gif?w=680&fit=max&v=1526402620&auto=format&gif-q=50&q=92&s=d58a93c48593cb0673f41aa21141ad86)https://ksr-ugc.imgix.net/assets/021/239/842/da735b7486e587da68848fc72cfd877e_original.gif?w=680&fit=max&v=1526402620&auto=format&gif-q=50&q=92&s=d58a93c48593cb0673f41aa21141ad86
[21:22] <+Jeshields> I’m not afraid of the difficult. More concerned about a successful kickstarter.
[21:22] <+Jeshields> You can do a lot of magic with alpha channels and clipping layers.
[21:25] <~Dan> In the time remaining, is there anything we haven’t covered that you’d like to bring up?
[21:25] <+RafaelLVX> Do you know of any RPGs (beside mine) lining up for using Choose Your Own: Sci-Fi Stock Art? (Link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jeshields/choose-your-own-sci-fi-stock-art)https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jeshields/choose-your-own-sci-fi-stock-art
[21:28] <+Diogo_OldSkull> Mine
[21:30] <+Diogo_OldSkull> Solar Blades & Cosmic Spells
[21:30] <+Jeshields> I have great supporters in the community, so I could easily name off people that I know will use it, but I can’t name specific RPG products… well, okay except that one.
[21:30] <+Diogo_OldSkull> And will be releasing it in Brazil next year too
[21:30] <+Jeshields> But the unique thing is that no two publishers are going to mix and match the same.
[21:30] <+Diogo_OldSkull> True
[21:30] <+RafaelLVX> 🙂
[21:31] <+Jeshields> I’ll rattle off a few things.
[21:31] <+Jeshields> There is a non-commercial level that allows you to use reduced assets for tabletop tokens with the same customization options.
[21:33] <+Jeshields> Very loose commercial license terms. You will receive the right to use all of the assets in whatever combination you make from them.
[21:33] <+Jeshields> This and future projects will be compatible with each other, both in format and in license terms.
[21:33] <+Jeshields> Buy once, use forever.
[21:33] <+Diogo_OldSkull> That’s nice!
[21:34] <+Diogo_OldSkull> Mix sci-fi with fantasy and make science fantasy
[21:34] <+Jeshields> Exactly.
[21:35] <+Jeshields> I think that’s about it.
[21:35] <+MarisaG> Hi!
[21:35] <+Jeshields> Hello
[21:35] <~Dan> (Howdy, MarisaG!)
[21:36] <~Dan> Thanks very much for joining us, Jeshields!
[21:37] <~Dan> Usual reminder: Gratuities are welcome at (Link: https://gmshoe.wordpress.com/the-gmshoes-tip-jar/)https://gmshoe.wordpress.com/the-gmshoes-tip-jar/ 🙂
[21:37] <~Dan> Now if you’ll give me just a minute, I’ll get the log posted and link you. 🙂
[21:38] <+MarisaG> hi Jeshields
[21:38] <+MarisaG> oh, i missed your q&a Jeshields, sorry!
[21:38] <+RafaelLVX> Cool!!
[21:38] <+RafaelLVX> I haven’t thought of that.