Hello there, friends! Will Hindmarch here from Protagonist Labs. This time I’m here in my Art Director flight-suit (it has sweet patches on it) to talk to you about the new portfolio-submission window for Storium. It begins … today!
We already have some terrific artists on board to help us create avatars and other art for Storium but, with the success of our Kickstarter and the sheer volume of worlds we’re bringing to players in the future, we want for more illustrators and illustrations. Thus we’re now looking at portfolios from illustrators eager to help us out. Before you send in your portfolio link or PDF, though, please review this whole post.
Also, this part is important: Do not create original illustrations to send to us yet! We’re not looking for submissions for use in Storium and we’re not buying art on spec. Don’t create pieces in the hopes that we’ll buy them on spec because we won’t. We seek to commission original works based on our art direction. What we want right now are existing portfolios that show us your strengths and styles.
We want only links to online portfolios or a PDF portfolio attached to a single email message. If you sent us a link on Twitter to your portfolio earlier, please write us again at the address below if you’re still interested. (We saw a lot of great talent from those tweets — thank you for those!)
What are we looking for?
First off, we’re looking for captivating art that makes us lean forward—illustrations featuring diverse characters compellingly rendered in environments that inspire us to explore and write. We’re building a varied mix of diverse worlds and we don’t want them all to look the same or say the same things. Storium’s art must support that mission. Some of our worlds call for familiar visual touchstones to quickly convey their style and genre — many, many do not. We want to surprise and delight, inspire and invite, fulfill both the tropes of our genres and the varied potential of each world’s vision.
We seek not only diverse imagery and art styles but a diverse array of talents and artists as well. Storium’s art needs sync well with experienced artists and with talented novices looking to learn. We want artists whose work wows us.
So you know what you’re getting into, here are the base specs for Storium art at present. These should be familiar to you if you’re familiar with Storium. Use these to get a sense of your interest level or to prepare legally available materials for your own Storium games but, again, please don’t send us work on spec.
World banners (sometimes called cover banners) are 650px by 200px images. To support Retina displays and accommodate future uses of this art to promote or expand Storium, we’re commissioning these pieces at print-ready resolutions (300+ ppi). Note that banners get overlaid with text (the title and narrators of the game, for example) in various ways throughout Storium.
Avatar images — including backgrounds — are 150px by 150px squares. We’re seeking print-resolution images here, too.
Card art displays either tall (100px by 160px) or wide (182px by 120px), depending on the card type. Again, we seek print-resolution images for these. Card art we commission may be a mix of iconography and other graphic-design elements as well as more traditional illustrations, as our processes develop.
We prefer to get a layered .PSD file for each illustration.
We’ll be combining various avatars and art subjects with different backgrounds and symbols to create a more flexible catalog of art options for players in stories across diverse genres and in unique styles.
Artists, if we think your portfolio says you’re a good fit for our needs, we’ll reply to you with details on the rights we buy when we commission work, as well as our pay rates.
Now that all of that is done, here’s where you send your link or portfolio via email, with “[Storium Art]” included in the subject line, please: art (at) protagonistlabs (dot) com.