Help me spend more time building The Great City of Gateway. I'll be creating sketches, drawings, illustrations, maps and storyboards.
Gateway is full of diverse peoples and creatures, amazing buildings, locations and landmarks, and brimming with wondrous magic. It's inspired by the real cities of our own world; stories await you around every corner and characters from vastly different locales come together to live in an exciting patchwork.
It's also a place where adventure and intrigue happens due to the rich complexity of environments, cultures and factions. This vast city is a fantasy world in and of itself.
There are so many nooks and crannies to visit and explore that I see this as a lifelong work of art-in-progress. But having to balance client work with this passion project means spending less time developing this vast world than I would like. You can help me change this!
Why I Need Patrons
I want to explore more of Gateway's characters, stories and settings. Your patronage will provide the resources I need to concentrate on bringing more parts of this vast world to life.
What Patrons Get
As a patron of Gateway, you will take part in the expansion of this passion project that I have been dreaming about for more than 20 years. I will share with you a closer look at my process and first peeks at new paintings and drawings. You will help guide me in the creation of new drawings, paintings, characters, stories and new Gateway products: books, games, and a movie pitch!
Here are just some of the things I plan on providing to patrons:
- Access to content before I post it on social media
- Hi-res images/scans
- Layered Photoshop files
- Time-lapse videos of sketchbook sketches
- W.I.P shots
- Surveys to help me decide what to work on next
- Sneak peeks at new Gateway products in development!
- Insights into my inspiration
- Discounts on the Cityofgateway.com store!
- Limited edition prints-of-the-month of new or classic Gateway pieces!
Sketch for a new piece: The Shiptown Gang
Almost all of my ideas for Gateway start in my sketchbook, which I carry with me all the time. And although each month may yield different output in terms of paintings, finished drawings, storyboards, etc., the one constant will be early access to sketches from my sketchbook, in higher resolution than what you will see on social media. With your help, I will fill more pages in my sketchbook than any year prior!
These are some of my recent sketchbook sketchbooks.
A key-scene rough sketch for "Gateway: The Movie"Gateway Projects
Thanks to the support of Kickstarter backers in 2012, I was able to self-publish "Gateway: The Book of Wizards". Since then, I also published a board/card-game called "Gateway: Uprising," which was released in October of 2017 with CMON, Inc. as our publisher! Now, with your help, I will be able to create so much more content for future Gateway projects, such as:
- Gateway feature film/animated series pitch
- Gateway travel guide
- Gateway miniatures game
- 3D Gateway collectibles
- Gateway graphic novel
Your support means the world to me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
-Sean Andrew Murray