Simon Sweetman is creating Umai! Food & Fantasy Illustrations
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Welcome

I am Simon Sweetman, a professional illustrator and concept artist. I have worked in the entertainment industry for the last 5 years and continue to do concept and production art for games, as well as illustration for tabletop RPGs. I am also someone who deeply needs to create things on their own terms, and to that end I started a project a few years ago that would combine my hobby of learning and experimenting with East Asian cooking, and my need to create art for myself. The result is this project, which is titled "Umai!" The goal being to eventually assemble an illustrated cookbook divided into the cultures and places depicted and accompanied by anecdotal stories written from the perspective of the world's fantastical inhabitants.

Being a Patron

While this project is something I care deeply about putting together it takes a lot of time and energy that often should be going into my paid work. By helping me out here you ensure that I am able to continue to make this work in addition to my work in games. This project also has evolved its process a lot. Before I start a piece is a lot of research, going through photos of mine, cooking the dish I'm going to draw. It's also important to me that I do not misrepresent or appropriate the cultures whose food I am drawing, and so finding and paying an appropriate cultural consultant is another reason that having some financial support on the project is important to me. By being a patron, you will get some insight into the whole process that goes into making one of these pieces from thumbnails to the finished product that becomes available on my print shop. For more info on rewards, see the listing to the right.

Tiers
Pay What You Want
$1 or more per month

Paying anything at all will get you: 

-My eternal gratitude

- Write-ups on my process and references on the piece, alongside works in progress

- Access to the Discord server

- Layered PSDs on finished work

- A look at what recipes I'm using for the work

Goals
$0 of $100 per month
If I'm able to reach this earnings benchmark, then my ability to collaborate increases. This helps cover consultancy costs at increased rates, and helps me start collaborations with chefs for recipes to illustrate.
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Welcome

I am Simon Sweetman, a professional illustrator and concept artist. I have worked in the entertainment industry for the last 5 years and continue to do concept and production art for games, as well as illustration for tabletop RPGs. I am also someone who deeply needs to create things on their own terms, and to that end I started a project a few years ago that would combine my hobby of learning and experimenting with East Asian cooking, and my need to create art for myself. The result is this project, which is titled "Umai!" The goal being to eventually assemble an illustrated cookbook divided into the cultures and places depicted and accompanied by anecdotal stories written from the perspective of the world's fantastical inhabitants.

Being a Patron

While this project is something I care deeply about putting together it takes a lot of time and energy that often should be going into my paid work. By helping me out here you ensure that I am able to continue to make this work in addition to my work in games. This project also has evolved its process a lot. Before I start a piece is a lot of research, going through photos of mine, cooking the dish I'm going to draw. It's also important to me that I do not misrepresent or appropriate the cultures whose food I am drawing, and so finding and paying an appropriate cultural consultant is another reason that having some financial support on the project is important to me. By being a patron, you will get some insight into the whole process that goes into making one of these pieces from thumbnails to the finished product that becomes available on my print shop. For more info on rewards, see the listing to the right.

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Tiers
Pay What You Want
$1 or more per month

Paying anything at all will get you: 

-My eternal gratitude

- Write-ups on my process and references on the piece, alongside works in progress

- Access to the Discord server

- Layered PSDs on finished work

- A look at what recipes I'm using for the work