Some months ago I discovered a cool website: Kickstarter. It’s a website that helps creative projects find backers for financing. Projects there range from video games to music, and from sock puppets to bionic eyes. Of course, not all of the projects receive enough financial backing – in which case pledges aren’t charged. While some project do not look like they’re well thought out, most seem fairly solid, and there’s a lot of cool stuff there.
I now found a project that I like, and that I actually pledged money to: The Monster Stock Art & Minis project.
The project is organized by Joe Wetzel, of Hexographer / Dungenographer fame. Its aim is to create at least 100 “stock monsters” as high quality graphics. More, if the project ends up over its funding goal.
The monsters will be drawn by a group of professional artists, including people like Jeff Ward and Keith Curtis. The monsters on the project’s logo image (Above) are sample monsters that have already been created; the project’s page has some additional samples.
As with all Kickstarter projects, backers of the project receive boons based on the amount they contribute. The low end and medium pledges are perfect for a GM who needs a bunch of monsters to spice up his games. On the high end, backers are granted the right to commercially use the images. Yes, these rights are not exclusive, but it’s probably the most inexpensive source of professional monster art you’ll find in a long time.
As I write this, the project needs less than US$400 to reach its funding goal – with 35 days left. If the project receives more funding, it will commission more monsters, and everybody who participates benefits.
So check out this project, participate, and don’t forget the other cool projects Kickstart offers.