Michael Klaus Schmidt is creating Fine Art, Game Design, Writing/Illustration
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Art is about a personal journey.  Too often, commercial considerations get in the way of the artists true vision.  While this isn't always necessarily a bad thing, my hope is that one day the artist can pursue his or her own inspiration, without compromising to the demands of the market. 

As an artist, I have so many different ideas I want to explore, from paintings, to interactive 3D games, to writing and illustrating stories.  Time and money, however, are factors that prevent me from giving these pursuits the attention they deserve.  I believe, if I allow all these interests to evolve naturally, without a pre-determined goal, amazing things will result.  My artistic ideas are sometimes nebulous and unclear at first,  they take time and effort to evolve into specific things like paintings and programs.  It is this process of making things just outside of the reach of my conscious mind that I am interested in as an artist. 

Long ago, I decided not to stick with only one type of artistic expression.  While this has definitely slowed down my emergence into the art world, I think the long term benefits of simultaneous projects far outweighs any harms.  My paintings have influenced my 3D designs and games, and my stories and illustrations have influenced my paintings, and my video games have effected the way I write and paint, etc... There is also the increased possibility of producing some hybrid form of art that has never been seen before. 

This process requires the flexibility to jump from one project to another fluidly, without specific deadlines and/or objectives. However, this does not mean that I don't reach my goals. I have produced dozens of paintings, published three story-books, as well as developing a fine art video game all in the last few years. With the help of patrons, I will be able to commit more time to my artistic endeavors, and see more of these ideas realized.

Painting
Another example is the way I now use 3D design tools to prepare my paintings. Maze is a painting that was originally designed in a 3D software environment. Once the layout was complete, I printed it out and used it as a basis for the final hand painted work. I am currently working on a much larger painting, about 6 feet long and 3 feet tall, with the same approach.


"Maze" - 2014 - Oils, Acrylics and India Ink on Masonite - 8 x 8 inches

Game Development
As an example, my game Anomalies is an interactive 3D video game, which is intended to be viewed as a piece of audio-visual fine art.  It's already appeared in several group shows in the Chicago area, and is currently on display in Woodstock Illinois at the "Future So Bright" show.  This is just one example of the potential fusion that can occur through these various disciplines.  I'm also working on a space exploration game, which is still in the early stages of development.


In addition to these, I also write.  I've presented my "Adventures of the Salamander" books at numerous schools in the Chicago area, as well as a recent trip to California.  I am working on a sequel called "Return of the Mirms."

Conclusion
I hope other people out there will see the potential in this approach to art. Normally I don't present all these different avenues in one place, but I think this is the right venue to explain my overall artistic goals. I have no idea where these various means and methods will lead me, but I hope you are as excited to find out as I am!
Rewards
Monthly Image
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
 Along with the updates, I will send you high resolution digital images of my paintings, one per month, until all have been sent. Any new paintings will be sent once they are completed.
Anomalies
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
 Along with the updates and painting images, you will receive a full copy of the Anomalies software along with any updates. I will also update this reward with any new games or software that I develop, so this will be a perpetual reward.
Fine Art Prints
$7.50 or more per month 1 patron
Along with all of the above rewards, you will get a high-resolution, archive quality print of the painting of your choice.
Salamander Level
$15 or more per month 0 of 150 patrons
In addition to the other rewards, you will also receive a full set of "The Adventures of the Salamander" stories. These books take a unique approach to kids literature, by providing different reading levels in the same book. They are fun stories that cover important themes, such as: social justice, the environment, good morals, cheese, science, giant purple sea-monsters and much more!
Early Bird Advantage
$25 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
The first ten people who back me at this level or higher will receive an original painting.  My paintings are generally small, but highly detailed with intricate geometrical patterns. I paint on translucent glue, which creates a unique layered effect when inspected up close.  Paintings are limited in quantity, and are first come first serve.  They will be based on the amount pledged at an agreed upon length of time.  I will provide a list of available paintings for anyone interested.
Goals
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Apparently this is harder than it looks.  Help me get over the first hurdle, and you'll have my eternal gratitude!
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Art is about a personal journey.  Too often, commercial considerations get in the way of the artists true vision.  While this isn't always necessarily a bad thing, my hope is that one day the artist can pursue his or her own inspiration, without compromising to the demands of the market. 

As an artist, I have so many different ideas I want to explore, from paintings, to interactive 3D games, to writing and illustrating stories.  Time and money, however, are factors that prevent me from giving these pursuits the attention they deserve.  I believe, if I allow all these interests to evolve naturally, without a pre-determined goal, amazing things will result.  My artistic ideas are sometimes nebulous and unclear at first,  they take time and effort to evolve into specific things like paintings and programs.  It is this process of making things just outside of the reach of my conscious mind that I am interested in as an artist. 

Long ago, I decided not to stick with only one type of artistic expression.  While this has definitely slowed down my emergence into the art world, I think the long term benefits of simultaneous projects far outweighs any harms.  My paintings have influenced my 3D designs and games, and my stories and illustrations have influenced my paintings, and my video games have effected the way I write and paint, etc... There is also the increased possibility of producing some hybrid form of art that has never been seen before. 

This process requires the flexibility to jump from one project to another fluidly, without specific deadlines and/or objectives. However, this does not mean that I don't reach my goals. I have produced dozens of paintings, published three story-books, as well as developing a fine art video game all in the last few years. With the help of patrons, I will be able to commit more time to my artistic endeavors, and see more of these ideas realized.

Painting
Another example is the way I now use 3D design tools to prepare my paintings. Maze is a painting that was originally designed in a 3D software environment. Once the layout was complete, I printed it out and used it as a basis for the final hand painted work. I am currently working on a much larger painting, about 6 feet long and 3 feet tall, with the same approach.


"Maze" - 2014 - Oils, Acrylics and India Ink on Masonite - 8 x 8 inches

Game Development
As an example, my game Anomalies is an interactive 3D video game, which is intended to be viewed as a piece of audio-visual fine art.  It's already appeared in several group shows in the Chicago area, and is currently on display in Woodstock Illinois at the "Future So Bright" show.  This is just one example of the potential fusion that can occur through these various disciplines.  I'm also working on a space exploration game, which is still in the early stages of development.


In addition to these, I also write.  I've presented my "Adventures of the Salamander" books at numerous schools in the Chicago area, as well as a recent trip to California.  I am working on a sequel called "Return of the Mirms."

Conclusion
I hope other people out there will see the potential in this approach to art. Normally I don't present all these different avenues in one place, but I think this is the right venue to explain my overall artistic goals. I have no idea where these various means and methods will lead me, but I hope you are as excited to find out as I am!

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Rewards
Monthly Image
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
 Along with the updates, I will send you high resolution digital images of my paintings, one per month, until all have been sent. Any new paintings will be sent once they are completed.
Anomalies
$5 or more per month 0 patrons
 Along with the updates and painting images, you will receive a full copy of the Anomalies software along with any updates. I will also update this reward with any new games or software that I develop, so this will be a perpetual reward.
Fine Art Prints
$7.50 or more per month 1 patron
Along with all of the above rewards, you will get a high-resolution, archive quality print of the painting of your choice.
Salamander Level
$15 or more per month 0 of 150 patrons
In addition to the other rewards, you will also receive a full set of "The Adventures of the Salamander" stories. These books take a unique approach to kids literature, by providing different reading levels in the same book. They are fun stories that cover important themes, such as: social justice, the environment, good morals, cheese, science, giant purple sea-monsters and much more!
Early Bird Advantage
$25 or more per month 0 of 10 patrons
The first ten people who back me at this level or higher will receive an original painting.  My paintings are generally small, but highly detailed with intricate geometrical patterns. I paint on translucent glue, which creates a unique layered effect when inspected up close.  Paintings are limited in quantity, and are first come first serve.  They will be based on the amount pledged at an agreed upon length of time.  I will provide a list of available paintings for anyone interested.