What's this all about?
DPI Studios is a long time collaboration between two artists, Embrio and Jaysin. We have created art for the World of Warcraft trading card game, White Wolf's Exalted RPG, and a deck of cards for Green Ronin Publishing. However, we are most proud of our personal art that we sell prints of at conventions and online. We create artwork in many genres like Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Cyberpunk, and Horror but the main theme for this book and campaign is our Steampunk Art. All of the artwork we have created since our first book will be gathering together for this book.
As you will see from our budget, printing a hardcover book is not cheap. That's were you, our fans come in. It's been a while since our first book and at every convention since we get asked when we're making the next one. The time is now, if we can get your support.
We are running an all or nothing crowd funding campaign. That means that if we can't raise our goal of $8000 in 30 days everyone gets their money back, and we don't make a book.
What We Need
We are shooting for a print run of 500 hardcover 48 page artbooks with a special spot UV treatment on the cover. Here's how we figured out that we need to raise $8000 to do it.
We have a quote from a quality printer that comes to around $5330 then we added the 7% in fees from IndieGoGo and Paypal to bring us to a cost of $5703. Using a spreadsheet of our various perk levels and their own associated costs of production and shipping we averaged a number of scenarios of perk ordering amounts. This told us two things. The cost of shipping books really sucks ;-) and the amount we need to raise varies a lot based upon the types of perks sold.
$8000 is roughly the sweet spot based on those scenarios. There's a chance that we'd be out of pocket to cover shipping expenses and there's a chance that we'll start building some profits which can go back into providing some extra stretch goals to reward you guys with. If things go really well you'll be helping support the creation of new artwork for the next book.
What You Get
Be sure to take a look through the media gallery to see photos of the perk rewards.
All supporters will get behind the scenes updates through out the creation of the book and the PDF perk. It is a digital version of the book that will be delivered when the final layout of the book is actually complete (estimated end of February).
Of course the main perk we are offering is the actual 48 page hardcover Vol. 2 artbook that is included with all contributions over $20. The book will feature all of the artwork we have done since Vol. 1. If you've never purchased our Vol. 1 artbook it's available at a discount in our Vol. 1 and 2 Artbook Bundle. Take a look at a preview of our Vol. 1 artbook to get an idea of the general layout we'll be using for Vol. 2.
Included as your free perk with all contributions over $20 is a special post card pack. Our post card packs consist of 5 dual sided post cards. On one side they feature our steampunk and cyberpunk pinup girls and on the other side they feature some of our most popular fantasy prints. Special for this campaign will be the inclusion of a 6th card, featuring Ms. Frost.
Our latest Steampunk picture, Ms. Frost is acting as our promotional campaign image. This campaign is your chance to get one of our limited edition canvas prints of her. Our canvases come in two sizes; the Ms. Frost small canvases are limited editions out of 40 and the large canvases are limited editions out of 10. Because of the desires of some collectors we have separated out the #1 editions of both size canvases as separate perks with a slight cost increase.
For our 2nd highest level contributors we will be creating custom steampunk bust portraits. That's right, you (or anyone you want for that matter) painted up all steampunk. We'll work from photo reference and a description of the feel you want for your steampunk look. Based on the outcome and your approval we'll even publish it in the book. You will receive a large canvas print ( roughly 26" x 39" ) of your portrait to hang in your airship's captain's quarters. ;-)
Our top contributors perk takes the portrait one step further, a full body pose, 7 feet tall. Similar to the bust portraits we will work from photo reference and a description of the feel you want for your steampunk look. If you happen to be short in stature and are wondering what we'll do with those extra few feet we'd like to suggest steampunk stilts or a really big hat? Again, we'll go one step further for you, oh generous one. If you are able to travel to either Belleville, Ontario or Calgary, Alberta you are invited to join us for an afternoon while we work on your picture. If visiting our messy studios isn't your idea of a good time we can also arrange a skype call with screen sharing to witness the creation of your portrait.
Also for the top level perk, in recognition of your great contribution you will receive our special thanks on the front page of the book, and the thanks from all your fellow supporters when you unlock one of our bonus goals.
If we can raise $10,000 we will be able to raise our print run on the books to 1000 instead of 500. That's good for us, but what do you get out of it?
We will print a bonus 8.5" x 11" limited edition print only for our IndieGoGo campaign contributors ($20 perk level or higher). What will the picture be? Since the book layout will have to be finished by the end of February but won't be delivered until the end of April we'll make the print a new picture that wasn't in the book to help complete your collection.
$2000 perk sold
Yup, if someone buys one of our $2000 full body portraits everybody wins. Their generous contribution will also fund the printing of a bonus 8.5" x 11" limited edition print.
Wow, um... we'll think of something.
Here are some of the obvious ones, feel free to write us and ask us something we missed.
Pick Up: Our estimated cost of shipping reward perks is almost equal to half the cost of printing the books in the first place. It's for that reason that we're trying to reduce that cost by offering a pickup option for those contributors who will be in Alberta, Canada.
We are timing that of course to the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo on April 26th to the 28th. So, if you live in Calgary or Edmonton Alberta do not add anything extra to your standard contribution amount. We will do in person pickups at our booth at the CCEE as well as a one day pickup at a separate location (TBD) in Calgary and Edmonton for those people who will not be attending the CCEE.
Canadian Shipping: For 1 book please add $12 to your contribution (total of $32).
For 2 books please add $15 to your contribution (total of $45).
US Shipping: For 1 book please add $16 to your contribution (total of $36).
For 2 books please add $22 to your contribution (total of $52).
International Shipping: Please contact us for a custom quote.
Canvas Delivery Options?
Because of the cost and likely hood of damage associated with shipping stretched canvas prints it's our policy to ship them rolled in a tube. For any of the perks that include a small or large canvas print you have two free options.
- If you are able to pick up your canvas print in person we will have it stretched in advance for you.
- If you are not able to pick up the canvas print we will mail it rolled for free (as well as your books). It will then be up to you to have them stretched at a local framer.
If you do not want to have your canvas print shipped rolled and want us to have them stretched in advance you can contact us and we will determine the amount required for shipping.
Does the Full Body Portrait Come Stretched?
No. We will ship the canvas print rolled for free, but the cost of stretching or mounting a print of that size would be considerably more. We will work with you in helping to deciding the best method of printing and mounting the final print to work with your situation.
Can I Substitute A Different Image if I Don't Want Ms. Frost?
Of course you can. For either the small canvas or large canvas bundles which normally come with Ms. Frost you can substitute one of our other pictures. Of course that is subject to availability. For example we are sold out of the small canvas prints of Lady Ravendale and Seedpunk. Contact us in advance to ask about the picture you'd like to substitute and we'll let you know.
Can I Have My Spouse, Kids, Dog, Etc in the Portrait With Me?
Yes, if you would like to contribute extra. The cost for the bust and full body portraits listed are for one character only. Please contact us to discuss the added expense and possible time delay of adding more bodies to the picture.
Can I Have A Portrait In A Style Other Than Steampunk?
Of course! We're focusing on steampunk for this campaign based on the popularity of our current steampunk portrait paintings. However, if steampunk just doesn't really do it for you and you'd prefer a cyberpunk bust portrait or a full body painting of you in your paladin armor just let us know.