Forge War - acquiring art
All right, so I got on top of that art stuff for the game. I am on the verge of picking someone to give, like, $3000 to so they can draw stuff for my real life board game.
I had no idea what I was doing a couple weeks ago, and none of the artists I knew wanted to even talk to me about it (guess I didn't know them well enough...), so I started by e-mailing an artist I found on DeviantArt that I thought was cool and asked him a bunch of questions. Mark Bulahao.
He was super-cool and totally accommodating. I would really like to hire him, but he and his brother can't get everything that I need done in the time frame I'm looking at, so I'd have to hire a third artist as well and I don't know, I'm still working it out, I guess. Like I said, on the verge of a decision.
But then I found another great resource - a dude where I am living who is also designing a board game and is a few months ahead of me in the process, namely he has art and a successful Kickstarter
. And he was totally willing to chat with me about what he did to get his art and everything. Basically, he recommended posting in the job forums of DeviantArt, which I totally hadn't thought of since I didn't even know DeviantArt had forums. So I made a post offering what I was willing to spend and what I needed. What I was willing to spend might have been a little low, simply because I am a poor grad student, but I still got, like, 50 responses, so I think it was reasonable.
I've narrowed it down to a few people at this point. Waiting for some final responses and then gonna take the plunge. I don't know, it's kind of exciting. I guess spending a lot of money is always a little exciting, but, also I guess it's kind of a commitment. I mean, I can dally around on Flash and make some stuff that's not going to see the light of day, but laying down thousands of dollars to make the next step in a project - that's a commitment to see this thing through to the end.
And I am totally ready to make that commitment.
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