Bradley W. Schenck is creating Art & Stories
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$216
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Here's how you can help me to keep doing creative work and deal with the financial aftermath of cancer

I've been a working artist since 1975, when I was seventeen. Across the years I've illustrated some of the earliest fantasy roleplaying publications and many other books and magazines. I've painted album covers and a couple of murals, and I've done my best to make a nuisance of myself in wood and leather and other media.



I was all about fantasy in the early days, and I often incorporated Celtic knotwork into my drawings and paintings. (I eventually published a book of my own knotwork designs in 2007.)

In the late 80's I converted to digital art, and then worked in game development from 1988 until 2005. It was a long, long haul, but I got to make my mark on titles like The Labyrinth of Time, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, and the Starfleet Command series.

A lot happened; a lot changed; but by 2005 I was ready to leave.

The one thing I'd always hoped to do was to spend my time working on projects of my own, things that would never have existed unless I was there to make them.

So I built up my business online with sites like Retropolis, The Celtic Art Works , and Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual – where I worked on another dream of mine, to write and illustrate my own stories. That's where I also built the curiously satisfying Pulp-O-Mizer.



The Thrilling Tales led to a number of books, notably Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom (Tor Books, 2017) and Patently Absurd (Radio Planet Books, 2018).

But it hasn't all been creative furor here in my Secret Laboratory. It's too long a story to tell here (especially since I've told it already at my blog ). The short version is that in 2008 I discovered I had cancer. It's gone now, but....

At that time I had no health insurance. It's been hard, but for ten years I managed to stay ahead of the monthly payments for my treatment – barely. Things came to a head in 2018 and my circumstances now are pretty difficult.

That's how I got here.

If you support me on Patreon

Patrons will get a sliding scale of rewards with at least three kinds of content.

I know that some of you are only interested in my Celtic designs, while others are only interested in my retrofuturism. So at the $5 level you'll see one post each month, with content that will (mostly) alternate between unpublished or scarcely seen work in each of those styles.

At the $10 level you'll get that too, but also another post that will contain (mostly) the other kind of art and writing. So $10 patrons will get a little bit of everything.

These posts will feature all kinds of stuff.

1. Celtic/fantasy  art and writing

You'll see things like unpublished and obscurely published fantasy fiction; illustrated poems; and pages from my never-finished book of Celtic designs for harp decoration. I'll sometimes write about what I was doing, or what I thought was doing, when I worked on these things.

2. Retrofuturism

I never, never share first drafts of stories. But, just for you, I will do that with a few things like the beginning of a sequel to Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom, the first versions of all the original Switchboard scenes with Edward J. Bellin (very different!), and a short story or two.
I will hide my head in shame as I show you these very rough drafts. But the fun part, for me, is that I'll get to explain why they didn't make the cut. I'll be able to write my very own editor's notes.
There will probably also be some art; I need to go through it all and see what might work.

3. Other stuff

I have some fun illustrations for a game proposal from the late 90's, and some really ancient work from my earliest days in the mid to late 70's.

Altogether I have more than a year's worth of material. Then I'll need to make more.

But that's not all

At the $15 level you'll get a fourth post each month. At first these will be downloadable, print-resolution files meant for greeting cards. They're Celtic knotwork borders with holes, either circular or rectangular, where you can insert your own images or photos with your graphics software.


(You can use these cards for personal, but not commercial, purposes.)

I have a whole bunch of these. They'll last awhile, and then I'll come up with something else.

What your patronage will mean to me

If you read the full story of my misfortunes at my blog you'll already understand what this would do for me. Uninsured cancer treatments began by wiping out everything I had, and then the bills kept coming. Though my income's been up and down over the years I eventually hit a downturn from which there hasn't been a recovery.

My great fear is that, one way or another, I'll lose my house.

So what I'm saying here is that your patronage may mean everything to me.
Tiers
Peace Out, Man
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Thanks! Every little bit helps. For your one dollar (or more) each month you'll get a completely unpredictable number of patrons-only posts that will talk about what I'm working on, what's going on in my life, or why I like my blue coffee mug better than the green one.
Faithful Robot Companion
$5 or more per month 8 patrons
For $5 or more you'll get an unpredictable number of patrons-only updates, along with one other post per month. These will alternate (mostly) between fantasy or Celtic art and writing on the one hand, and my retro-futuristic art and stories on the other.
Certifiable Mad Genius
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
At $10 or more you'll get an unpredictable number of patrons-only updates, along with TWO other posts per month.

Usually, one will be Celtic or fantasy or something along those lines, while the other will be some bit of art or writing from my retro-futuristic city of Retropolis.

But some posts may vary! I'm shifty.

World's Greatest Megalomaniac
$15 or more per month 4 patrons
For $15 or more you'll get an unpredictable number of patrons-only updates, along with TWO other posts per month (as above), and another, restricted post that will consist of downloadable, print-resolution art.

For the first year or so I'm planning to give you full color Celtic knotwork designs that have empty frames. You can use a paint program to create a printable greeting-card sized image, dropping your own photograph inside the border. Which is neat!

(These will be for personal, not commercial, use.)

When we run out of those, I'll come up with something else.

Goals
$216 of $900 per month
If I were receiving $900 a month from Patrons I'd be confident that I could meet my monthly expenses, though I'd still have some other worries; you can read about my situation on the right.
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Here's how you can help me to keep doing creative work and deal with the financial aftermath of cancer

I've been a working artist since 1975, when I was seventeen. Across the years I've illustrated some of the earliest fantasy roleplaying publications and many other books and magazines. I've painted album covers and a couple of murals, and I've done my best to make a nuisance of myself in wood and leather and other media.



I was all about fantasy in the early days, and I often incorporated Celtic knotwork into my drawings and paintings. (I eventually published a book of my own knotwork designs in 2007.)

In the late 80's I converted to digital art, and then worked in game development from 1988 until 2005. It was a long, long haul, but I got to make my mark on titles like The Labyrinth of Time, I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, and the Starfleet Command series.

A lot happened; a lot changed; but by 2005 I was ready to leave.

The one thing I'd always hoped to do was to spend my time working on projects of my own, things that would never have existed unless I was there to make them.

So I built up my business online with sites like Retropolis, The Celtic Art Works , and Thrilling Tales of the Downright Unusual – where I worked on another dream of mine, to write and illustrate my own stories. That's where I also built the curiously satisfying Pulp-O-Mizer.



The Thrilling Tales led to a number of books, notably Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom (Tor Books, 2017) and Patently Absurd (Radio Planet Books, 2018).

But it hasn't all been creative furor here in my Secret Laboratory. It's too long a story to tell here (especially since I've told it already at my blog ). The short version is that in 2008 I discovered I had cancer. It's gone now, but....

At that time I had no health insurance. It's been hard, but for ten years I managed to stay ahead of the monthly payments for my treatment – barely. Things came to a head in 2018 and my circumstances now are pretty difficult.

That's how I got here.

If you support me on Patreon

Patrons will get a sliding scale of rewards with at least three kinds of content.

I know that some of you are only interested in my Celtic designs, while others are only interested in my retrofuturism. So at the $5 level you'll see one post each month, with content that will (mostly) alternate between unpublished or scarcely seen work in each of those styles.

At the $10 level you'll get that too, but also another post that will contain (mostly) the other kind of art and writing. So $10 patrons will get a little bit of everything.

These posts will feature all kinds of stuff.

1. Celtic/fantasy  art and writing

You'll see things like unpublished and obscurely published fantasy fiction; illustrated poems; and pages from my never-finished book of Celtic designs for harp decoration. I'll sometimes write about what I was doing, or what I thought was doing, when I worked on these things.

2. Retrofuturism

I never, never share first drafts of stories. But, just for you, I will do that with a few things like the beginning of a sequel to Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom, the first versions of all the original Switchboard scenes with Edward J. Bellin (very different!), and a short story or two.
I will hide my head in shame as I show you these very rough drafts. But the fun part, for me, is that I'll get to explain why they didn't make the cut. I'll be able to write my very own editor's notes.
There will probably also be some art; I need to go through it all and see what might work.

3. Other stuff

I have some fun illustrations for a game proposal from the late 90's, and some really ancient work from my earliest days in the mid to late 70's.

Altogether I have more than a year's worth of material. Then I'll need to make more.

But that's not all

At the $15 level you'll get a fourth post each month. At first these will be downloadable, print-resolution files meant for greeting cards. They're Celtic knotwork borders with holes, either circular or rectangular, where you can insert your own images or photos with your graphics software.


(You can use these cards for personal, but not commercial, purposes.)

I have a whole bunch of these. They'll last awhile, and then I'll come up with something else.

What your patronage will mean to me

If you read the full story of my misfortunes at my blog you'll already understand what this would do for me. Uninsured cancer treatments began by wiping out everything I had, and then the bills kept coming. Though my income's been up and down over the years I eventually hit a downturn from which there hasn't been a recovery.

My great fear is that, one way or another, I'll lose my house.

So what I'm saying here is that your patronage may mean everything to me.

Recent posts by Bradley W. Schenck

Tiers
Peace Out, Man
$1 or more per month 2 patrons
Thanks! Every little bit helps. For your one dollar (or more) each month you'll get a completely unpredictable number of patrons-only posts that will talk about what I'm working on, what's going on in my life, or why I like my blue coffee mug better than the green one.
Faithful Robot Companion
$5 or more per month 8 patrons
For $5 or more you'll get an unpredictable number of patrons-only updates, along with one other post per month. These will alternate (mostly) between fantasy or Celtic art and writing on the one hand, and my retro-futuristic art and stories on the other.
Certifiable Mad Genius
$10 or more per month 2 patrons
At $10 or more you'll get an unpredictable number of patrons-only updates, along with TWO other posts per month.

Usually, one will be Celtic or fantasy or something along those lines, while the other will be some bit of art or writing from my retro-futuristic city of Retropolis.

But some posts may vary! I'm shifty.

World's Greatest Megalomaniac
$15 or more per month 4 patrons
For $15 or more you'll get an unpredictable number of patrons-only updates, along with TWO other posts per month (as above), and another, restricted post that will consist of downloadable, print-resolution art.

For the first year or so I'm planning to give you full color Celtic knotwork designs that have empty frames. You can use a paint program to create a printable greeting-card sized image, dropping your own photograph inside the border. Which is neat!

(These will be for personal, not commercial, use.)

When we run out of those, I'll come up with something else.