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Subject: ARTIST NEEDED FOR A CARD GAME!!! rss

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Refa-At Rahman
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I'm working on a card game for a kickstarter campaign and I have the cards designed and have play tested the game over and over and it works just fine, the only thing hold this project back for completion is artwork.

I'm looking for an artist who can draw in an anime style with cyber-punk and digital themes. I have talked to a lot of artists and they were all nice but charge way more then I can afford. My budget is only $3000 and I need 150 drawings. If there is anyone out there that can help, please let me know.

My game design email is:
raf@avant-gardegames.com
 
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Charles Ward
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You should post in the Board Game Art and Graphic Design thread
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Matt Lee
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Just be aware that your budget only pays an average of $20/drawing. That isn't much at all, so if you can't do any better, you're going to be limited in how much detail you will get, or you may end up with someone who is doing this part time - and likely suffer with long delays between drawings due to better paying work or schoolwork for the novices.

You'll see this same advice throughout the art forums too.
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Jeff Warrender
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Do you absolutely need 150 unique illustrations? Maybe you could re-use some of the art on multiple cards, or could find a way to re-use elements of certain cards, e.g. the background scene or whatever.

If you're planning to KS the game, you could always push the goal higher to accommodate the artwork; maybe pay the $3k now to get, say, 30 pieces done, and plan to pay for the remaining 120 after the campaign ends, or make those pieces stretch goals (i.e., the base goal uses duplicative art and the stretch goal is for unique pieces on each card).
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If all the artists you're contacting say they can't work for that price, odds are it's you, not them.

150 unique illustrations are a LOT of illustrations so if you're to kick starter with this game here's my advice:

Buy as few illustrations as you can get away with for the game. If you've got 10 School Girls in your deck, only buy 1 illustration and use the text on the card to say which girl is which. Or ask the artist to color the same line art a few different ways and save money there.

IF you're using action cards or something, try not having art on those. The game Cutthroat Caverns has no original art on their combat cards except for excerpts from the main core art.

Actually if you look at CutThroat, you see that they have VERY little original art in the game...

Then you turn around later and make your stretch goals to commission that artist to do more art work to be more unique throughout the game.
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Steven Tu
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Great advice by everyone on this thread already, so I just wanted to say listen to them all - minimise what you need to do, rather than trying to find an artist who will work for rates that are way below industry norms.

Also, what would help is if you put some examples of the style you're looking for, that would really help people see what you're looking for and find a fit.

Good luck!
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Gary Boyd
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Another possibility is posting your game in the Work In Progress Forum. If there is enough interest in the game people will do art/graphic design for free. I've had people help me on several projects.
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Michael Knight
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what we did was hire our artist and have him do up as much artwork as the 3K would pay for. You use that to help generate interest and build in the remainder of the art cost into the KS, but having some images is very important to show people what the finished product will look like.
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Jim McCollum
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The lowest price we could find for a good quality illustration was $100/illustration.
 
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Another option that may work for your themes is to look at stock image libraries. You probably won't find a lot of anime there, but for the cyberpunk / digital side there are plenty of both abstract patterns (like the ICE in NetRunner) and specific imagery, people using computers, etc. Sometimes there are even reasonable quality cosplay-style shots that might fit your theme.

shutterstock.com is the one I mainly use; their per-image rates are much lower than the bigger name libraries.
 
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