(also known as "Shottsy" around the convention circuit, and online)
I have drawn and come up with whimsical characters since I could hold a pencil. Now I run my own business with my fiance' creating an array of different products and creations. However, doing art full time, especially making physical products and traveling can be very expensive, so I am creating an opportunity for our fans and loyal patrons to keep us in business, and support us in creating new and wonderful things!
Apparel with my original designs which can be purchased here: Shottsy Arts Store
"Mythical Munchies" - Adorable fat soft plush toys
(Available to purchase in store soon!)
"The color of Fire" series.
I am working on adapting it into a graphic novel series.
As you can see I am constantly creating and producing, which can be very time consuming and expensive!
I have been an artist for as long as I can remember and am now working on a fantasy novel series, and graphic novel adaptation inspired by my own struggles and the struggles of other creatives lives as a passionate artist. This has been a project in the making for years, all the way back to my time in college, and its finally ready to be seen and enjoyed by all of you!
First lets hear from a few of the characters:
- “The Color of Fire” Is a story about what the world would be like without art, the struggle to creative freedom, and the origin of inspiration itself.
- The story follows a young woman’s journey from a world without art, with the assistance of a fire-breathing human hybrid, a cynical werewolf, and an ancient dragon from another realm, as they seek to restore balance and creativity to a dying world.
- -The "Color of Fire" is a fantasy epic full of suspense, romance, comedy, and can even get pretty dark at times. It has a little something for everyone!
With your monthly support I can focus on what I am best at, which is making art, and you all get to be involved in creating something amazing with me!
Your funds will go towards production costs, inventory and business expenses as well as the general cost of living while doing art full time. This will make it so that I can put all of my focus into bringing this project to life, and keeping our art business afloat. It will also go towards promotion.
Overall, your contributions will help me be able to focus more on creating new designs, furthering this powerful story I have in the works, so that I can hopefully reach many fellow artists and even non artists who may become inspired.
However, for our generous patrons there are lots of great opportunities and rewards for pledging!
Aside from the warm fuzzy feeling you will all have from knowingly helping support an amazing project and story, I have a lot of really great rewards!
There are many pledge tiers affordable on any budget, starting at just a dollar!
- You will get to see a lot of sneak peaks and early concept work.
- unreleased character studies and storyboards
- Some written chapters of the novel in progress that will be released no where else until it's published.
- Finished comic pages before they are released to the public, or put into print.
- Patreon subscriber only comics that won't be shown elsewhere
- A chance to actually be a part of the graphic novel by having your own character or human likeness as an extra character within the very pages of the book.
- Early looks at new Shottsy Arts products before production such as new plush, t-shirt designs and more!
- Exclusive patron only discounts and products in our store!
- Tutorials and behind the scenes information on how I create things such as my wire sculptures I will not post or talk about anywhere else.
“The Color of Fire” begs the question, what would the world be like without art, and where does creativity and inspiration come from?
For centuries, art has played a crucial pivotal role in our history and civilization. Without art we wouldn't be where we are, nor have the things we enjoy around us every day. Yet, most artists struggle and get little to no respect. From houses, to cars, to clothing, to tv and entertainment, artists have a hand in just about everything that people see. Why then do many treat artists as slave labor and it's such a struggle to make a living with art? Do artists not also provide an invaluable service?
Most stories are made by artists and written for the rest of society. “The color of Fire” is a story geared for adults, and young adult artist’s alike, but non artists will love the story and strong messages just the same. Children have the world at their fingers, and when they are young they believe they can do and be anything. Somewhere down the line, those dreams fade, reality sets in, and people lose their connection to their creativity and their muses.
- “The color of Fire” through an exciting fantastical adventure, and relatable characters, hopefully encourages adults not to give up on their dreams, to keep struggling, and realize the importance of continuing to create and dream, and never lose their creative spark.