Monsters By Email is a monthly newsletter filled with creatures invented and drawn by Nicholas Cloister, plus artistic advice. It ran for two subscription periods of four months each, the first from March to June 2013, the second July to October 2013. Publication currently is on hold, but the previous eight issues are still available as two Creature Collections, each collecting four issues (20 and 18 creatures respectively).
Every month you will receive an email which includes access to:
- 4-6 Original Creature Illustrations:
All creature images are provided as layered PSDs, PNGs, TIFFs and JPGs - 7000 pixels wide or tall. Additional screen resolution JPGs are also provided. The creatures are painted on white, and come on a separate layer in the PSDs, and free from background in the PNG file format. All concepts and illustrations are by Nicholas Cloister.
All creatures come with a decent, inspirational creature description, system free stats, and suggestions on how to use them in RPG campaigns. Most have highly detailed, well written, rpg-adapted descriptions, thoroughly and elegantly portraying the creatures at hand. All is presented in a nicely designed PDF, which also includes illustrations of the creatures.
- Artistic Advice and Tutorials
Sketches and steps of the illustration progress is provided with every creature, as well as short comments. Some creatures come with thorough advice, or tutorials on creature design and/or digital illustration, covering with time all the fundamentals of painting and lots of creature design specifics. I, Nicholas Cloister, also share a few mental techniques, and notes on creativity and inspiration in general.
A subscription to 'Monsters by eMail' includes non-exclusive rights to 50% of the creatures received. Creature number 1,3,5,7,9,11,13,15... and so on (every odd number) will be yours to use, publish, and commercialize as you see fit but with some restrictions.
- Exclusive Product (almost)
The creatures you receive are exclusive to subscribers of RPG Creatures. I will post no more than 1 out of 4 creatures online to increase my audience (and those will be low-resolution, screen size images, and will not include descriptions, rights, or artistic advice). Subscribers may come to publish them in other products eventually, but not in the same fashion, and normally only 50% of them. I may also publish some of the images in a future book of my own making, (but that's not certain). Passed subscription rounds will be made available through third party online stores, at a substantially higher price.