on self publishing a Lovecraft art book...
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Hello Everyone!

Ever since I began my interest in fantasy/horror/science fiction art I have loved pouring through the art books on artists.  Not only was it nice to have many of their pieces in one convenient collection, but I also enjoyed reading their words and getting more insight about their creative sides.  I thought it would be nice to one day have a book of my own.  Self publishing seems easier than ever before, it feels like a good time to work on a book which covers my 25 years of illustrating the imagined world of H.P. Lovecraft.  A lot of my illustrations had been printed on less than desirable paper, especially for my greyscale work, so this would be a chance to share the images as they were meant to be seen.

I'd be interested to know what people would like to see in a book, so please share your thoughts!  As for the where to publish, I'd also welcome any advice or suggestions as well.  Some have been using DrivethruRPG, which looks like a convenient option.  Also recommended is Amazon's "Kindle Direct Publishing", which I've been told might be able to offer higher printing quality.

thanks for any input! :)

~Paul
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zombiequadrille's avatar
zombiequadrille Traditional Artist
Hi Paul,  sorry I didn't see this until now. I'd love to see a book of your Lovecraftian art. You probably have a larger body of related illustrations than most anyone.  You might consider a Kickstarter as a possibility (I know some people aren't Kickstarter fans). If you did that and then even if it didn't make and you decided to pay for publication you'd have a potential list of buyers. 
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I appreciate the input, Joe, thanks for speaking up! :)

The list idea sounds like perhaps the best part of a KS campaign.  I've never run one before, but it looks like a bit of a balancing challenge.  I've known of some who overextended with the rewards, effectively going into debt because of the extra time and cash going into the extras.  In theory I wouldn't need any funding if it is print-on demand.
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zombiequadrille Traditional Artist
Yeah, I think a KS campaign would have to be researched well, but keeping the rewards from getting out of hand might not be too bad with a book; maybe some signed and numbered copies, special book plate, book mark, remarque, or sketch (you might already have a few around...).  Print on demand could work, too, and it seems like printers do a pretty good job these days. Also, I imagine with print on demand you could print yourself a batch of copies to sell direct (signed, inscribed, etc.).  Hey, also I was wondering if you were thinking of attending Necronomicon this year?  
karnak327's avatar
I'd suggest DrivethruRPG.
I'm also a customer there. And there are plenty of people who shop there who are avid Fantasy/Horror fans.
Your work should probably get some nice attention there.
nightserpent's avatar
Thanks for the suggestion!  I've heard good and convenient things about DriveThruRPG, the only thing which may hold me back from them are services which might have better print quality.
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skol-janssonProfessional Filmographer
That's a fantastic idea, i'd love to see plenty of the Dreamlands !
nightserpent's avatar
Thanks for the input!  My intent was to focus mostly on the art I have already made over the years, but I might try and make some new pieces for the book.  The Dreamlands are fun, do you have a favorite location?
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skol-janssonProfessional Filmographer
Serannian the cloud city is among my favourite. Thanks for your concern !
scorpionlover42's avatar
A book of your Lovecraftian work is an exciting prospect. Anything involving Wilbur Whateley, the Great Race, the artist Pickman, and the Deep Ones would be especially welcome. :) (Smile) 
nightserpent's avatar
thanks for the input!  I think most of what you mentioned would be a part of it, as I have depicted them all in some way.  What about writing and sketches, do those things interest you or do you prefer a focus on finished art?
scorpionlover42's avatar
Yes, I'd include writing and sketches, too. Sketches are part of the creative process, and as a writer myself, I consider any written works as pieces of art, too. 
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wondrousbutstrangeHobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm very excited to hear you'll be publishing a book of your work, which is by far some of my favorite Lovecraftian art.  To be fair, any of the pieces, greyscale and color, would be amazing to see in print, but I would love to see some of the more scenic work as well as the creatures/gods(like R'lyeh, Whateley in Innsmouth, Cthulhu Wizard, and Yithian Temporal Communicator).
Can't wait to see what you put out!
nightserpent's avatar
Thanks for the kind words. :) I hope to get most of my Lovecraftian art which is featured here on my DA account, barring any copyright snags. 
MrSpeakman's avatar
A book with lots of the creatures from H.P Lovecraft would be really awesome! And lots of the elder Gods to : )
nightserpent's avatar
Thanks for your input!  I would be featuring the art I have already created, for the most part, but that would include creatures and gods for sure. :)  Depending on how the project ties out I might be able to create some new art specifically for this book.
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