Another all call for help today from the reader brain trust.
Inspired by The Drune's recent efforts on his Humanspace Tekumel project, I started putting together this morning (before real-life work) all the random charts, notes, maps, play examples, sketches, and draft guidelines for the Domain Game into a semblance of a skeleton for the proposed domain-play source books.
One thing I would like to start early with is working with artists for a better integrated finished product. As a readerI love products that have a strong, united aesthetic vision. Experience working with photographers, graphic designers, graph-makers, I have in droves from years as a managing editor, but frankly zippo when it comes to gaming material and fantasy art.
Let me back up a little and give you an idea of what I see as the cover and interior work. In my mind's eye I would like to see a full color cover with a heavy touch of Ivan Bilibin, the Art Noveau Russian folk artist whose work appears above and here, here, and here on the blog).
The interior will be pretty text heavy, but with woodcut-looking borders and old public-domain clip art (like this pictured below).
I would love to see the interior artwork be page or half-paged sized bold black and white woodcut looking things something like the work of these Chinese artists.
Any suggestions on how best to achieves these goals—and for particular artists to approach--are greatly appreciated as always. Alternative visions for what look you would fit better for this project are welcome too. I am an open-minded sort after all.
(I should mention since I haven't on the blog to date that the sourcebooks are intended to be sold, printed products—but strictly not-for-profit. All profits after production costs—which includes paying artists a fair amount—will be donated to the nascent Pulp Fantasy Society.)