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Just one last week remains for the Veranthea Codex Kickstarter. And what a week it is! Famed rpg artist, author, and avian photographer LARRY DIXON and famous fantasy author MERCEDES LACKEY have joined the project, contributing art and writing to the Codex.

The Kickstarter campaign ends on October 5th. Check out the campaign, read the four FREE preview pdfs that are available, and please contribute. Even if all you can give is $1, it goes to a fantastic project.

www.kickstarter.com/projects/v…
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: 80s music
  • Reading: Black Gryphon by Larry Dixon and Mercedes Lackey
  • Watching: Californication
  • Playing: Pathfinder
  • Eating: Chicken Sandwich and Sun Chips
  • Drinking: Water

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Jacob Blackmon
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
I draw, I play role-playing games, I watch movies. There is not much else exciting here, sorry.

Current Residence: Oklahoma
Favourite genre of music: Gothic Rock
Favourite photographer: Alan Blackmon (my father)
Favourite style of art: Comic

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Favourite cartoon character: Hentai schoolgirls
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Rocktopus64 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hey man, I've been following your work for a year or two now, and I noticed in a bunch of your work, you mentioned that you did it for third-party RPG/game companies like Purple Duck.

Doing RPG art has been a dream of mine for years; even doing small-time company and thrid-party stuff would be a dream come true. Do you mind if I ask you how you got hired by companies like that? Do you submit your work to them and ask, or do they find you?
That, and once you're in do you get regular work from them, or just a few commissions once and a while?
If it's private and/or none of my business, then that's cool. But if you're willing to share with me how you got into what you do, I'd be really grateful.
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ProdigyDuck Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
Not a problem at all. I am always willing to help others get into the industry as well.

I had an unfair "in" to get things submitted to game companies. One of my gamer friends is Owen K.C. Stephens, who is a big name in the RPG industry. If you're not personally familiar with him, check out the Star Wars rpg released by Wizards of the Coast, and you'll see his name stamped all over it. Besides that, he is the owner of Rogue Genius Games and the current leader adventure developer at Paizo. He's a big deal... and a hell of a great guy.

Owen had me work on a few emergency projects, back when he was working for a company called Super Genius Games. They had a couple artists flake on their deadlines, and they needed art FAST! Owen knew me personally and asked me to fill in. Given the fact that I was able to get quality art done, and get it done in the miniscule amount of time available, he started coming to me more and more. Eventually, Owen started doing a vid-cast show called Demiplane of Gaming with the head of Rite Publishing: Steve Russell. One day, they started discussing their favorite artists to work with. My name was mentioned by Owen, and suddenly I had third party companies coming out of the woodwork with commission offers. That day was a total game-changer for me. It went from doing the occasional commission to an actual part-time job!

Over the last two years, the number of commissions built up and now, I've had to quite my day job to keep up with the art demands. In retrospect, I'm not sure it was a good idea, as I feel the financial crunch every so often from not having a steady source of income. So my advice in that regard is to keep your day-job while pursuing your art career.

Now, while I had an "in," obviously not everyone does. These companies are always looking for new talent, and -- looking at your stuff -- I think you should do fine in the industry. I recommend you gather a selection of your best pieces. Make sure they are also your recent work; companies like to know what you are -currently- capable of doing doing artistically-speaking. Begin submitting. Look up the names of companies, go to their websites, and send them emails with sample of your art and links to your deviantArt page, so they can see more (if they like what they see).

Companies I recommend:

Rogue Genius Games (Owen Stephens): www.roguegeniusgames.com/Home1…

RITE Publishing (Steve Russell): www.ritepublishing.com/ To work with Steve, he will eventually ask you to submit a cover for his free e-zine "Pathways." This is how he determines if he can work with an artist or not.

Adventureaweek.com (Jonathan Nelson): adventureaweek.com/

Louis Porter Jr. Design: lpjd.blogspot.com/

Purple Duck games: purpleduckgames.blogspot.com/

One of the things I recommend, if you have not done so already, is to start familiarizing yourself with the names of companies and the people who write these games. It will become important, in the long run.  The best of luck to you, Rocktopus64!
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Rocktopus64 Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
 Thanks a lot for the advice! I'll be prepping my portfolio soon, I hope they they're into it.
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ProdigyDuck Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2014  Professional General Artist
Good luck to you!
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for another visit and for faving my Raul illustration, much appreciated. :)
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for faving my castle model, I'm glad you like it. I used to build stuff like that for my D&D sessions too. Foam is very versatile. :)
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ProdigyDuck Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
I am amazed at the detail you've captured. I have not worked with foam in many years (decades, even). Seeing these makes me want to pick back up my scenery sculpting.
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe you should and post the results here. Maybe I can learn something. :)
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ProdigyDuck Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'll let you know. Absolutely.
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MatesLaurentiu Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you for faving my latest book cover, I'm glad you enjoyed it. :)
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