Unmet desires are in the crosshairs.
Readers periodically come to me interested in new shirt & merchandise designs- but I never find the time to draw them.
I’d also love to create the occasional short Dreamkeepers animation, though I can never quite justify spending time.
Plus there’s concept art & lore that would be great to see- a page of springer gun designs, sports logos for the district fallguard teams, all kinds of stuff.
But even if I had the time, what would readers want me to tackle first?
Then I realized, I make time every month for extra art- the Sketch of the Month. So if we gear that towards official Vivid content, everything levels up. More of the official merchandise, concepts, and animations we’d like best.
So Sketch of the Month is evolving to an even more powerful form- now it’s the Vivid Monthly Poll.
To help guide the Vivid Monthly Poll, we’re also forming an exclusive new Discord room, the Drawing Board. The Drawing Board is a creative panel focused on generating the best, most engaging merchandising choices for the franchise.
Current Mastermind backers (From Patreon and Dark Market) have been invited to join. We’ll sound out the Drawing Board for feedback and input on apparel, toys, games, animations, and other enticing possibilities. I don’t often announce flaming piles of ‘maybe’ in public. But in a smaller group, we’ll be free to share productive brainstorms and hone Vivid’s endeavors.
We’ll be actively curating the Drawing Board to ensure it remains an effective and task-oriented room.
While Masterminds will be invited initially, we’ll be making judgement calls as we go to ensure we get the best team possible for the job. Nothing personal to those screened out, it’s about the work. Full criteria will be shared with Board Members prior to admission.
Here’s the new Vivid Monthly Poll format.
Mastermind backers will submit design ideas in any of the following categories:
Teepublic / Apparel art
1 second’s worth of Animation stage (rough, cleanup, and color are separate stages.)
Concept / lore design
Then the Patreon Commanding Vote backers will vote, and we’ll go to work on the readership’s top choice.
Thank you to the backers who make Dreamkeepers possible every day.
Together, the graphic novel series is just the beginning.