Typically when I get a prompt for a commission - personal or professional - there's a certain protocol that seems to be adhered to. Usually this involves a bit of back and forth, haggling on price, style, etc. On top of that, there always seems to be a big wait period between sketch to final. This can be because of approval chains or perhaps the customer is just taking a while to get back. Usually there's a turnaround of at minimum two-weeks for any project that comes my way. Now, this can be longer or shorter depending on the scope of the project and the amount of pieces involved, the size, media, etc. The entertainment industry appears to be no exception, save for a small RPG company named Schwalb Entertainment.
I can honestly say that these have
been the most flawless project opportunities that I've had the grace of working on. There was a very small time crunch, to be sure, but there wasn't a lot of pressure - it was more so a feeling of, just give me an idea of where you're going with the project and let's get this thing done! In that regard, it was very refreshing. I got to work quickly, but in my own creative space.
I typically only take on two projects at any one given time, to maintain quality standards. The first company to help get my foot in the door with working for RPGs tends to get a precedence for a slot in my queue. Not only that, but he seems to always have great timing for when a slot has opened up! As you might have seen from my previous post, I met Robert Schwalb at MidSouth Con, and through the small chat that we had, he seemed very interested in working with me, and I have not regretted it one bit!
Typically there's a message via social media or email that can be simply summed up as, "Hey! I have some art that needs arting, you in?" (Of course this isn't a direct quote, just the vibe that I get) If I respond with an enthusiastic, "YES!" then I typically receive an e-mail within twenty-four hours that lists the project at hand. This newest piece was a half-page in the newest expansion, Forbidden Rules, entitled The Adept.
Ultimately, I have nothing but great things to say about my experiences thus far working with Schwalb Entertainment. If you have the opportunity to check out anything from this RPG company, I recommend it. Shadow of the Demon Lord is the perfect mix in my opinion of both Dark Fantasy and Horror.
For more on Schwalb Entertainment, visit the website at http://schwalbentertainment.com/