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[ profile] djinni is taking requests for free icons again! Tipping is optional, but gets you perks like additional or larger sized icons depending on the amount.

[ profile] flutterbychild is taking one word prompts for sketches with the theme of "black gold". Tips go toward funding her travel expenses for school, and get you entered into a draw for a print of her art.

[ profile] shadows_gallery is offering character portraits at a discounted price of $5! She's also followed my example and posted her backlog of art projects. I'm particularly looking forward to seeing how the waterfall turns out. :)
meeks: (Rose and Bay)
So, apparently, I've not only been nominated by [personal profile] aldersprig in the Art category of this year's Rose & Bay awards, but [personal profile] ariestess has nominated me as a Patron as well! Many thanks to both of you!

For my part, I'd like my fans to consider casting a vote for [personal profile] the_vulture in the patron category. He's been nominated for his contribution to [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith's Poetry Fishbowl, but he's been a consistent supporter of mine, too. :)

February already?

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 01:26 pm
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The number of new pictures I have to add to my database (not to mention the state of my sent mail folder) would seem to indicate that I've been far from idle over the past month...but I've failed miserably at tracking and delivering perks for StorySketches. Urk. I must fix that!

I posted an update to Teddy's Travels yesterday (which no one has commented on *sadface*), and I should have an update to Mother-Tongue sometime tomorrow. The next new sketch will be from Karen Wehrstein's Philosopher in Arms. Next icon draw will be, actually, I might as well just do it now. Congrats to [personal profile] alee_grrl and [ profile] wyld_dandelyon! I'll PM you after I post this in case you don't see it.

Something else I'm far behind on is reading the entries on my reading/friends page, but I notice that voting has started for several categories of this year's Rose and Bay awards. I also notice that one of you[personal profile] aldersprig nominated me for the art category. *blushes* Thank you!

Go vote for your favourite crowdfunded projects in the categories of:
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We're two weeks into the kickstarter campaign for Lorelei has a Dream, with two weeks to go, and $3247 pledged so far! Activity on the project has slowed somewhat since the excitement of the initial launch. I'm told that most kickstarter projects have a bit of a dead period in the middle, but that doesn't make it any less nerve-wracking! On the plus side, it's encouraging to note that we haven't passed a single day without gaining any new backers.

I did get this finished up, so I bring you (somewhat belated :P) Lunar New Year greetings from Elder Days Story time!

"We hope that the new year treats all of you well,
And that it gives you great stories to tell."*

Happy Year of the Dragon!

*couplet by [ profile] ego_sideways
meeks: (happy lorelei)
The Kickstarter project for Lorelei has a Dream has now raised $2931, from 62 backers. Sincere thanks to everyone who has pledged so far, and to everyone who has helped spread the word! We still have $6069 to go, and 19 days to do it in so please keep sharing the link!

meeks: (happy lorelei)
Regular visitors to mikaspace may recognize Lorelei the bespectacled bibliophile hedgehog. The first story book featuring the prickly little heroine has been available as a pdf ebook for awhile, but after several months of planning, [ profile] ego_sideways and I have begun a kickstarter campaign in the hope of funding a print edition.

We're happy to offer rewards to all our backers, including e-books (which will soon be available in iBooks and Kindle Fire compatible versions), signed first editions, Lorelei puppets, custom artwork, and author readings! Readers of my blog who pledge $35 or more can get a bonus Lorelei doodle if you PM or e-mail to let me know who you are!

Dreamwidth won't let me embed a video without a paid account, so please click on the cover image for more info:

For those of you who prefer to try before you buy, you can also read the complete story online at !

Feedback and signal boosting are greatly appreciated, so please check it out, even if you can't afford to donate!
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So I stayed in and spent the afternoon working on this:

I'll do a proper launch post on Monday, but I just wanted to share that now that it's finally available. ^.^
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For those of you who missed the earlier discussion )

Like any tool, the Inkling costs money, so I am taking pre-orders for sketches to pay for it!
Here's what I'm offering:
$5 - ACEO-sized or 3 x 3 inch ink sketch + digital likeness
$10 - 5 x 7 inch ink sketch + digital likeness
$20 - A4 or letter-sized ink sketch + digital likeness

The Inkling itself costs $200(US), and (assuming it's available by then) I'll order one and start sketching once this amount is reached. There are sure to be other fees involved, though, (shipping, paypal, etc) so I'll leave this open, and if I manage to collect $250 before I fill the first batch of sketch requests, I'll also do 72dpi coloured versions of everyone's pictures!

N.B. Wacom is just starting to fill US pre-orders for the Inkling on Amazon, and I'm not sure when it will be available in Canada. This means that you may have to wait awhile before I am able to fill any sketch requests. On the plus side, if you want a sketch, but you just can't afford it right now, there is time!

Click to get an


Friday, September 2nd, 2011 02:20 pm
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Many thanks to [ profile] the_vulture for sending me another tip! I'll be posting two detail views of Teddy's Terrific Travels once I'm done cleaning it up (probably early next week).

Thanks also to [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith and [personal profile] aldersprig for linking my post about possibly crowdfunding an Inkling. I honestly never expected anyone to be that enthusiastic about buying me new art supplies! Working on the Torn World colouring book yesterday made me think that the Inkling might be a really good tool for that sort of inking. Do you guys like colouring pages?


Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 12:13 pm
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I managed to get Diapering Dragons up before the sun even went down! And then I made banana bread :) Working on Rin today, and will probably start [personal profile] mdlbear's icon.

[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith responded to my mostly-joking call for someone to buy me an Inkling by suggesting that I crowdfund it...which might be an idea worth exploring. One advantage to this tool is that I would be able to work digitally and have original paper sketches. Would any of you be willing to contribute, say, $5-20 in exchange for an eventual ink drawing + digital sketch?
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This is a sketch based on Ellen Million's Elemental, in which her character, Jenny, encounters a fire elemental sent by the well-meaning were-bear(? what do you call someone who is a bear in summer but turns human instead of hibernating?) Bjorn, and must find a clever way to protect herself from the *ahem* elements.

cleaned up sketch:
Jenny meets a fire elemental

rough sketch:
Jenny meets a fire elemental
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Welcome, writers and readers! Many of you will already know who I am, but for those of you who don't, hi! I'm Meeks. I'm an illustrator, and I need your ideas!

what's in it for us?
I love illustrating stories, and I recognize that most self-published authors have neither the budget nor the need for the usage rights that big publishers typically license. One of my goals is to make artwork more accessible to you. A good illustration can also capture readers' interest, and I've had more than one person comment that a sketch of mine drove them to check out the story. So, writers link their fans to my sketches, and my sketches attract new readers to their work. Readers (including me!) can find new stuff to read. Everybody wins!

first one is free!
You are all invited to request art based on scenes you have written (or have permission to use), and I will post a rough sketch for you right here, for free. The sketches are shared under a creative commons license, so if you're happy with the rough sketch, and want to use it as-is, please do! (Just be sure to give me credit and a link back to my site.)

and then what?
Story Sketches is a crowdfunded illustration project, which means that you, as my audience get to choose which sketches I continue to work on. If there's a picture you'd like to see refined, leave feedback, send me tips, and link to it to let me know!

There are several ways to prompt more work on a sketch. The tip button at the bottom of every sketch post can be used to fund specific revisions or overall refinements. I know that a lack of money is not equivalent to a lack of enthusiasm, and I do appreciate different types of involvement, so I will also work more on sketches in response to comments and linkbacks!

the perks

  • To save on bandwidth, the images I post are much smaller than my working files. That makes them easy to display comfortably on screen, but sometimes makes it difficult to distinguish fine details. Both sponsors and prompters can receive higher resolution versions upon request. Just message me with an e-mail address to send it to.

  • Rough sketches get cleaned up once they have received feedback from 6 or more people.

  • After that, for every $10 contributed to a picture, I'll post a detail view for everyone to see. These details will be updated as the sketch gets refined.

  • I will do another round of work for every $15 I receive for an image.

    The first five work sessions ($75 in tips) will be used to bring the drawing from sketch to full value study. This is basically a monochrome version of the final image, and can be considered a finished illustration in itself. Prints will be made available on Imagekind when a picture reaches this stage.

    At this point, I will begin either inking or colouring. The prompter will have a choice of

    • a finished ink drawing in one colour with stippling/crosshatch style shading, to be finished in 2-3 sessions (or about $100 in tips)
    • or
    • a full colour painting, to be finished in 5 sessions ($150 in tips)
    Prints of finished work will be available on Imagekind.

    Particularly complex or labour intensive scenes (eg. battles between armies of individual characters) may take longer to complete, and thus require additional rounds of work to be funded.

  • bonus! I will do a free round of work once per month on
    • the sketch that receives the highest amount in tips
    • and
    • the most linked sketch from the archives! LJ's pingback_bot does a pretty good job of telling me when other users link to my posts there, but if you're linking somewhere else, please let me know!

  • As an added incentive, if total donations within the next month reach $200, I will do a value study of any image with feedback from 12 or more people, regardless of the amount donated to it.

  • If total donations in that time reach $500, I will also do a full painting of every sketch with 25 or more commenters.

  • feedback is important! I really appreciate people taking the time to leave constructive comments on my art. To encourage participation, I will be choosing a random commenter each week to receive a custom icon. Every feedback post you make gives you another chance to win! (Not including one-liners like 'that's ugly', 'nice!', or emoticon-only type posts. These posts are welcome, they just won't count as entries in the draw - my goal here is to reward constructive and thoughtful feedback.)

    Want to join, but having trouble coming up with something to say? Consider what you like/dislike about the piece, and why. Where does the composition direct your eye? Are the characters body language and expressions convincing? Does it make you want to read the story? So far, I've been extremely fortunate in that my project seems to be attracting an audience of very talented people, many of whom have a good eye for art, so reading comments made by others can help you learn what to look for.

  • help spread the word! You can also request an icon, or equivalent amount of work on a sketch of your choice for every three new commenters who mention that you sent them!

guidelines for prompts:

  • Any chapter, scene, flash fiction, narrative poem, etc. that you have written, that is in the public domain, or for which you can show that the copyright holder has given explicit permission to create derivative works (eg. a creative commons attribution license or an author statement encouraging fan art.)
  • Nudity is okay, but I won't post anything explicitly erotic...I'd rather not get any complaints from scandalized parents whose kids found my work through a children's book.
  • If you plan to use your picture for anything that requires a specific aspect ratio (eg blog header, book cover) please let me know. The best way to avoid awkward cropping is for me to draw at the correct size to begin with.
  • Story text may be accompanied by additional description, photo reference, suggestions for composition - basically anything else you think I should know about the characters and settings you're asking me to draw.
This is an excellent example, taken from the notes I received from Michael Thedford, while we were working on Lorelei has a Dream:
Page 3 text: When a hedgehog's up, everyone else is in bed.

Description: (bright-eyed hedgehog peeking out from under a thick quilt on a bed so soft it resembles a giant pillow. Glasses lie on wooden nightstand along with old-fashioned round alarm clock with hands pointing to 10:30 [short hand straight down, long hand halfway between 9 and 12] Visible window somewhere in shot with view of starry night sky and crescent moon.)

Which resulted in this illustration:Lorelei Hedgehog, waking up at night

That's it!  Prompts can be left as comments on either LiveJournal or Dreamwidth, or sent to me by e-mail at meeks-at-mikaspace-dot-net. Thanks in advance to everyone who participates or helps spread the word!

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This is a sketch of warsailor Brelig's encounter with a deathfin sea monster, from Without Fail, a new Torn World story by [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith:
Brelig swiped his sickle toward the bleeding eyelid again -- and the deathfin grabbed him by that arm, lifting him high above the ship. The sudden shock of pain frayed his concentration. Brelig swung in the air, blood raining everywhere. Then he pulled himself upward to swing the axe into the deathfin's eye.

cleaned-up sketch:

rough sketch:

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As the greetings that started coming in this afternoon have reminded me, it's my birthday today! (Bouu...I'm getting old >.< ) So, just for fun, if anyone donates $1 or more before the end of this weekend, I'll make you a 100px x 100px icon as a thank you gift. Examples of icons I've made can be found here. Click the donate button at the bottom of any art post or just use this one:

Thanks to anyone who participates!
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This scene is from the first chapter of Tin Man. Necromancer Robling Tremare considers hiring mercenary archer Liane Sharpshaft as a bodyguard to compensate for the deficiencies of his current travel companion, the plate mail golem, as he continues on his quest to avenge the vanished Tremare Guild.

cleaned-up sketch:

rough sketch:

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This is shameless fan art of [ profile] reymonkey's character Damien Stockholm, "a hunter of the supernatural for eighteen years who was known by his business card and reputation as 'the Spectre' and recognized on sight in more than one country". In Just this side of normal, he has been called upon to investigate a reclusive old man suspected by his Oh-So-Normal neighbours of being a vampire. When their suspicions are confirmed, the bounty hunter must decide how to deal with him.

As predictable as if it were a fifties sitcom the old man came to answer the door, grumbling all the way. The renowned hunter waited hidden around the corner of the house and peered past the edge of it slightly to watch the result of his trick.
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Wednesday, April 27th, 2011 01:49 pm
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I've just (okay, several hours ago ago - I started typing this and then wandered off before posting XP) finished reading the first instalment of [ profile] haikujaguar's Three Micahs column on pricing, in which she does an excellent job of illustrating the distinction between value and price.

My Inner Artist was surprised to discover that her jaguar counterpart is the one who wants to charge more for her work. My Artist could not be less interested in money. For her, the value of art is that she enjoys making it, and (I hope) others enjoy looking at it. Marketer and Business Manager have to rein her in to keep her from working for free.

So far, I think I've been approaching my illustration work as a service as much as a product. That is to say that what I'm offering is not just a sketch, but the opportunity to have a sketch made. I believe that has a few of the market-valuable characteristics listed, but it doesn't provide much in terms of sensory input.

The traditional way for illustrators to make money is based on charging licensing fees for others to turn artwork into products. I do think that's fair; if you are making money from selling a product that includes my art, it makes sense for me to get a share of the profit. Most of my audience, however, is unlikely to have either the budget or the need for this type of licensing - which also means my Inner Marketer will have to work on developing products herself in order to get the Artist's work in the (literal and figurative) hands of more people. Stuff to think about...

in other news:
I finally added a sticky post to both my DW and LJ with links to the full call for prompts, so newcomers will know how to participate :)

I've got a story sketch to do, and then I'll probably do some more work on my Clopin & TARDIS piece. It's not something I can take money for directly, but the idea is too much fun to discard, and I might be able to use it to attract a few more followers from the HoND and Doctor Who fandoms...
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This is a sketch based on a scene by [personal profile] birgitriddle in which an unrepentant renegade mage is visited by representatives of the Cult and Terrorist Investigation Unit.

Gwyneira Emmet meets with a leader of a cult who goes by the name of Xavier.
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Sunday, April 24th, 2011 02:24 pm
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Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate it! Even if you don't, I hope you're enjoying the chocolate!
I've had quite a busy week, and my sleep schedule has been shifting later again. My sleep cycle has always been naturally delayed, but I slept from sunrise to mid-afternoon yesterday, and although that's not the latest I've ever slept, it is a bit much, even for me. It doesn't pose as big a problem as it does in winter, when the sun sets really early, but it's still tiring, so I will be trying to move it back a little. 

Today, I have one sketch prompt to work on, and then I'm not sure...maybe cleaning up SketchFest pics and/or working on advertising. Or I might just crawl under a blanket and read. ~Å~

posted this week:
spanish gardens (cleaned-up sketch)
trevor and jason (cleaned-up sketch)
the undeadslayer (rough sketch)
working on the railroad (rough sketch)
tanuki at play (picture book teaser)
molly and hel (rough sketch)
escape (cleaned-up sketch)
seven pictures from sketchfest

tips: $25

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