I am a professional writer and illustrator, as well as a stay-at-home dad, and for the past few years I have been interested in the depiction and nature of elves in mythology and fantasy fiction. This project and intends to explore that concept with your support and input as patrons. It will also, hopefully, provide a small, regular secondary income to support my family.
What, exactly, do you mean by 'an elven mythos'?
Originally, I was developing a fictional world centered on elves for use with tabletop role-playing games; eventually I shifted focus away from the tabletop game aspect and the idea became part visual art project and part guidebook to a fantasy realm, focused on a group of elves and their lands and the mythology that has arisen around both, presented in the format of an illuminated medieval manuscript. These are not of the elves of modern fantasy, but a re-imagining based on their root sources, instead of solely the borrowings of Tolkien. (More about that here.)
What do I receive for my pledge?
First, you gain access to all current illuminated pages available to patrons and to each new page as it is designed and released, provided in both JPEG and PDF formats. There is no set release schedule for pages as they must be written and illustrated, and each one can take weeks; however, I am often working on multiple pages at a time so the project is not slowed by a particularly stubborn design. Second, you gain access to patron-only discussions, and materials that will only be released to current patrons. Finally, you gain input into the direction of the project and can suggest additions I will incorporate into the project itself. These will be released on a more regular schedule, as such requests are made.
What is included on a page?
Each page contains information about the elves' homeland, the creatures of the wood, the legends of its faerie magic, the immortal elven tribes, or their dark history. They contain glimpses of places, peoples, and/or events that could be used for locations, plots, or characters in role-playing or story-telling games; or even as an impetus for your own fiction, paintings, or round-robin stories. The information on each page is not meant to be exhaustive or absolute, rather, they are suggestive hints of what may be, or what is perceived to be.
Each page is unique, individually designed in a manner similar to that of medieval illuminated manuscripts, but using my own style and methods. So you can even print pages for use as mood-setting handouts in tabletop games. Or just enjoy them as works of art. (I've made a few publicly available below so you can see what they look like, as well as in my deviantArt gallery.)
The project is intended to include additional material such as short fiction, maps, illustrations of places and people, and details about the wider world beyond the elven woods, if patrons make requests for these items. All patrons will receive these items for free, and I will take a couple such requests each month.
Who is this meant for?
Everyone. If you love daydreaming while pouring over the atlases produced for fantasy worlds, or enjoy flipping through the setting books for role-playing games seeking inspiration, this project is for you. If you love aesthetics, colors and lines, just purely visual enjoyment, this project is for you. And if you enjoy new interpretations of the real-world mythologies of the fairy folk and of elves in pop-culture fantasy, this project is for you. Or even if you just want to help support my art!
I'd love to help. What do I do?
The Patreon website provides a simple, easy way to support and encourage artists in their work by collecting small donations from those interested in seeing artists succeed and bring their projects to life. Being a patron doesn't require anything more than clicking the big orange button up top and deciding how much you would like to contribute each time I release a page.
Your patronage really helps out: not only does it encourage me to continue, it means I can pay bills and support my family through the pursuit of artistic endeavor.
I hope you'll join me and become a patron for this project!