Welcome, I invite you into my Fantasy Realm!
I create Stories of Awe, Beauty and Delight and uplifting Art to nourish the Feminine Soul.Through fantasy writing and illustration, I desire to delight the child within myself, thereby rekindling the magic of the imagination for all aspiring children.
I hope you will enjoy adventuring with me on my many fantastic, artistic journeys with Jasmine as the focus, with the aim of getting "The Story of Jasmine" and related works published.
WHAT'S SO UNIQUE ABOUT JASMINE? Let me captivate you as to why "The Story of Jasmine" is so unique. For one thing, The Story of Jasmine is a strange collaboration between me and my younger self. I'm able to see the world from her alive young eyes, but also from my own. The story is a blend of the energy of youth and possibility tempered with maturity and depth. See below: The Story Behind the Story of Jasmine.
Why the Patreon? With your direct support, I can create without worrying about getting the bills paid. Through it's system of monthly patronage, Patreon makes it super easy (and affordable!) for people to support creators like me. For as little as US$1 a month, you can help to financially support me in my work as a writer/artist. There are various levels of patron membership with corresponding rewards. Pick the one that works best for you and know that I am deeply grateful for whatever support you are willing to provide.
I know you're not doing this for the REWARDS. You are pledging to help me continue The Story of Jasmine with the objective of publishing it. But there ARE Rewards. They are specific to each tier level chosen. No matter at what level you choose to give, please know that all contributions on any level are highly appreciated.
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The Story Behind "The Story of Jasmine"
Somewhere in the vicinity of 38 years ago, a story manifested in my mind. Every night, for whatever reason, a story came to me. For over a four-year period, the story, told from many different viewpoints, was a constant companion. After a while, I started the habit of writing down snatches of dialog when I heard them in my head, writing on whatever was at hand, napkins, envelopes, note cards.
Four months ago, I came across a box filled with notebooks, cards, scraps of dialog and prose written on hundreds of sheets of paper and other Jasmine memorabilia. The pages were filled with the above-mentioned story that had danced in my head so long ago. It was hard to believe, after all these years, a remnant of my past would be looking me in the eye.
So days after opening the box, at the end of January 2018, I made a decision. Lugging those boxes with me for 38 years was going to finally mean something! On my blog darlenetheartist.com, (which feeds to my FaceBook page), I shared the contents of the box, one scrap, or "snippet" at a time. Ever since, it's been a daily occurrence and still continues.
I've published enough of the story that I am, again, enchanted by it. From the positive and delightful responses I've received, others are too and they've become fans.
It's a great feeling, to be able to enchant a new audience with The Story of Jasmine illustrated fantasy adventure as it was meant to be enjoyed. Fans will be happy to know I've taken their advice. Therefore, witness this, my official plunge into taking my next step into retrieving The Story of Jasmine from the past and making it relevant today.
Therefore, for my Patreon project, I'm reprising the writing of the story. I plan to shape the manuscript into a completed, publishable book. To this end, I invite people to a front row view in the creation of a complete story, which will finally reach the light of day.
THE BASIC TIME LINE.
Following are the basic steps that need to be taken in "The Story of Jasmine" Patreon Project and how we would intersect. The list is roughly, but not necessarily, linear.
• Continue writing and finish writing the first book of "The Story of Jasmine"
• Start the Second Volume
Patrons will receive weekly updates on my progress and I will announce the weekly assignments I give myself. It's like a reverse-class: the students ask the questions and the teacher does the homework. What fun.
SIDE PROJECTS! Be prepared.
One side project has already presented itself and is already getting underway. A Jasmine Fan kindly offered to make quality scans of the original Dragon pages as they appeared in 1980 with plans to use his considerable expertise to assemble the pages into a proper Kindle book.
This Side Project clearly aids our ultimate goal in having a complete and cohesive story published. The first Foundational Story may be important to the development of our current project, so I'm going to be flexible about where I focus my time. This project will include introduction and follow-up pieces. I'm just blown away by this fan's generous offer and cannot thank him enough! [If he gives his permission, I will thank him by name].
Another Side Project can be creating a new Jasmine typeface font especially to use for this project. Isn't that a fun idea?
ART is LIFE; LIFE is ART. That is my motto. I'm making my life an artistic statement. It's an act of courage for an introvert like me to fully declare her value as an artist. Through my example, I hope to inspire all generations of women to find, accept and honor the beauty, talent and power that already exist within themselves.
And so it is...
Thank You, DARLENE
Creator of The Story of Jasmine
PS. Some Highlights of my Background in Fantasy Art
* First female Fantasy Artist for D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) & Role-playing games
* Cartographerof the classic fantasy game map "World of Greyhawk" 2-map set for TSR
* Writer and Illustrator of "The Story of Jasmine," an illustrated fantasy adventure saga published for a year in The Dragon Magazine.
* Creator and publisher of "Jasmine: the Battle for the Mid-realm" award-winning collector card game based on the unfinished story.
* Illustrator & Designer of "Tales of the Magi,"by Joe Aragon, a more responsible version of role-playing games for younger generations of gamers
* Producer of Empowering Coloring Books:"Fantasy Maidens & Beasts: 10 images of Powerful Maidens," (2017) and "Color Me Powerful: Powerful Maidens" Coloring Book (2018) coloring books, offering uplifting, positive images of maidens/women/goddesses/ strong within their power.