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Mage casting a spell

New clip art. Mage casts a spell

So the other night I upgraded my painting software. It's a good thing to do now and then. Especially when there are some new tools and brushes that might make my life as an artist easier. One of the things that I have learned in my years as an artist is that it's a very good idea to practice new tools BEFORE! a client calls you. Sometimes these tools and techniques can really slow you down, or worse they can have unexpected results in the middle of a project. So if you are to work with these new tools you need to do it when nobody is looking. This mage is one of the examples. 

Now I did not have any issues with the tools or the mage however I did spend a lot of time playing with the new lighting tools. IF I had charged a client for me to play around it would have cost them and extra $25-50 and that is just not cool. If I am going to be spending time playing around its going to be on my dime. 

The idea of this painting was to play more with the folds of fabric and to get to know the lighting effects a little more. I also wanted to work on the texture of the mage's belt and such. 

One of the cool things about being in the SCA. is that I have all kinds of examples of historical clothing and accessories some of them are even lying around my house. one of the Items in this painting that really stood out is the cloak pin. Yes that little U shaped broach on his hood. Personally, I hate them because I am always poking myself with them. (They are not safety pins). The scars in my hands gave me a very good memory of what they should look like. 

As for the lighting effect. this painting was done with a few levels. The wizard's hands are actually 4 different layers making sure that I was able to show that the spell the mage is about to cast is centered between his hands. This being the secondary point of light in the painting. 

Well, I should get back to drawing I have a few sketches to do for a client. 

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$15.00 each Mage Focusing Power clipart

How to commission an artist for a board game or RPG product

So you need an artist for your RPG or board game?. There are a few things that you are going to need to know before you start talking to artists about how much they charge. I often get 

"How much does custom art cost? " 

As an artist, I need more information than that. It's like asking how much does a car cost? You ask that question to 100 people you will get 100 different answers. but if you narrow it down a bit it will help you get a better price. Here is a list of questions you need to ask yourself before you start to commission your art. 

  • Who will have the rights to the images after the work is done? 
  • What is my timeline? When do I need to have it done? 
  • What style of painting or drawing do I need? 
  • Is the art to be done on canvas or only digital? 
  • Can this artist do the style of painting I need? 
  • What format of image do I need? 
  • How large does the image need to be?
  • Do I get to make revisions? 
  • Will there be an artist contact? 
  • Do I need to make a deposit for the artwork? 
  • Does the artist have samples of the work I need? 
  • Does the artist have the rights to use the images they are selling me (Avoiding copyright issues with Fan art) 

Having an idea of this sort of thing will help out a lot.  

The list of Don'ts 

  • Ask the artist to work for Exposure. Real art takes money. Exposure will get you stick figures. it's also insulting
  • Expect the word done overnight. Some artists can take weeks if not months to do a painting. Many times the longer the better
  • Expect a ton of revisions. like building a house you can't add a basement after they start working on the third floor
  • Remove the credits of the artist work after it is done. 
  • Ask the artist to do paintings of copyrighted material. No, I'm not going to do art of Superman for you unless you are DC Comics. 

Care and feeding of the artist

Here is a list of things that you can do to make sure that the artist is happy. A Happy artist makes for better artwork.

  • Tell the artist upfront that you need the artwork in ______ Weeks. 
  • Have a list of images of styles that you like. This will help convey your ideas. Remember a picture is worth a thousand words 
  • Be clear what your expectations are ad how much you are willing to pay 
  • Understand that some art starts off DOG UGLY and gets better as the piece progresses. (check out speed painting videos.. they all start ugly) 
  • Pay the artist. 
  • Give credit to the artist for the work even a post on your blog about the art will help the artist. (and help with Search Engine Ranking for you as well) 
  • Say Thank you. 
  • Treat them like they are a professional 
  • Ask for a contract. Make sure that everyone is on the same page. 

Truth be told most artists are not difficult to work with. I myself am very professional and often surprise my clients because I'm early to meetings. With the understanding that art is a business to people like me. 

If you need Custom artwork for your RPG or boardgame contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will be more than happy to send you a quote. 

 

 

Zombie Clip art This one is missing an Eye

Zombies. I need to paint more of them. Have you ever spent anytime one Kickstarter games and did not see at least one Zombie Game? Yes, I had the same result. There always seems to be one game that has something to do with Zombies. Some of them look amazing and a few of them looks like they have just taken another game and slapped a Zombie on the cover. Personally, I prefer to haver better gameplay than a catchy theme. However, there is a need for Zombies in the games so I 'm just going to make more. 

One of the things about working with Zombies is that you have to take a second look at human anatomy. Not only do you have to think about where the nose is but where it used to be. This does make some very interesting drawing. This one I'm going to only charge $5 for the license to use in your games because it only took me 15 min to paint. 

Zombie Clip art for Kickstarter games.

$5.00 each Zombie with missing Eye

More Zombies!!! WE need more Zombies I'm told. So that Is what I'm going to give you.  This was a quick sketch of a Zombie I did today. This one was a test to see how well I could work with layers. I'm really starting to get the hang of it. I'm setting the price of this one to $5 because It only took me 30 min of work. 

 

 

Spell book clipart added

Spellbook with flap and magic rune clip art
Spellbook clip art
Got up today and started to work on a few more Items. Today I wanted to add a spellbook. I could imagine this one being for a new adventuring wizard somewhere around 1-7th level. I also wanted to think about what it is like for me bringing my RPG books to someone's house. I foud that sometimes the book opens up in my pack and damages the pages. A Mage would want to protect the important spell pages from being damaged during a climb up a cliff because the Ranger says they know a shortcut. (Yes it did happen in an RPG and I'm still bitter) 
If you are looking at adding any of my art into your board game or RPG game please take a look at our clip art. You can also commission me for custom artwork by sending me an email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
$15.00 each Spell book with flap

I can't believe it took me this long to think about adding a spell book into the clip art collection. I'm even working on a game called Invoke involving spells. Sometimes I think that I need to have coffee all day. 

Most RPG games have some sort of wizard. And the mage should always have a spellbook for some kind in their equipment list. This clipart makes me think of what an Adventuring wizard might have amongst their possessions. In the image, I added a magic symbol that glows. 

Dragon Attacks at night clip art.

Dragon Attacks Village at midnight
Dragon attacks Village by Kevin C Mason

Dragon attacks at night
This painting came to me in a dream. So I got to work on it right away after dropping the family off at the train. The idea was to play with light and shadow at the same time have a fantasy theme. I also do a lot of thinking while I am painting. Like would dragons have good night vision and if so do they only attack during the day to give the poor knights a sporting chance? After all, these beasts are supposed to be smarter than humans. So why would they attack during the day? Why even consider giving the villagers a chance?
These are the things that I think about while I am painting. As always if you are interested in using these images in your check out our shopping cart. also please take a look at our Clipart terms and conditions MUST READ
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$5.00 each Dragon Attacks At night
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