MY FIRST TIME-LAPSE VIDEO. A DRAGON REQUESTED BY MY SON :)
a deer pretending to be a goat. subsequently, goat is uncomfortable.
My oldest boy asked me to draw "a giant that protects people."
The proofs came today for my Elves & Orcs deck. It's easy to get so far into these projects, all the work, the money spent, and just come to view them as another product. Today when a tube containing the hard proofs of my latest deck arrived, Erin and I unrolled it and took a few minutes to look over the result of many late nights and hours and hours of work. I wasn't particularly excited, but as the day wore on I think I allowed myself some room to say "hey, I made that. That's pretty neat."
It is neat, and the cards look great. When I look at them I don't just see my art, but the hundreds of people, some literally pictured on the deck, that made my little dream into something I could hold, feel and be proud of. Thanks :)
With the Steampunk Cthulhu deck finished and in the backer's hands, the Elves & Orcs deck being printed by USPCC, I'm now moving on to my next endeavor, the STEAMPUNK PIRATES BICYCLE DECK!
I've told a lot of people, the project has been approved by KS, and now I'm drawing, tweaking, getting feedback, and preparing to launch on Sunday September 22nd at 2:30pm PST. The butterflies are there, the fear of public failure, the anticipation that something awesome could happen, reminds me of playing music on stage when I was a kid. But the best part, just like my many years as a band nerd, is that I'm not doing it alone. I've got a whole group of people that I know and trust nerding it up right alongside me.
I'll be hitting that shiny green 'launch' button on air with the hosts of LiveSpeak Radio Justin, John and Alan. These guys interviewed me a few weeks back and have checked in a couple of times on KS related progress.
As with previous campaigns I'll have some really great early backer specials, the best being 50 first come first serve decks at only $6, US shipping included. So mark your calendars, and hopefully someone will pledge so that I don't look like a boob on the radio.
I came home from a vacation at the coast a couple of days early to sign for delivery of my first custom Bicycle deck! 4,000 decks of cards, weighing over 900lbs! The driver almost didn't make it past the tree lined driveway with that huge FedEx truck.
It was very cool to finally see the deck in person. After staring at the digital files for months, it felt like meeting an old friend to finally hold the cards in my hands.
Hopefully this will help my backers know that I'm a man of my word and can deliver a quality project, at least close to on time. In the meantime I'm working hard on the final bits of art for the Elves & Orcs Bicycle deck, with only a few cards left before I can submit the art to USPCC.
Oh, and I want to give a huge THANKS to Printsync Inc! They handled all the packing, labeling and shipping for the 1,200 some rewards that went out. They were great to work with and were so reasonably priced, but most of all they let me focus on the art instead of packing boxes.
Hi there. I'm Nat Iwata, an artist and author living the dream in the Portland, OR area. I'm a father of 3, author/illustrator of 1, probably worked on 30ish video games over the last 6 years. I get paid to draw, though I did start out selling copiers...