Thursday, September 21, 2017

Spider Walker 8 Rough

A more detailed painting based on the third most popular of my spider walker thumbnails, third place was actually a tie so I picked my favorite of the two winners. As voted on Facebook, Twitter and Artstation.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Heart Of The Giant Hermes Space Tug

Now that Inc is done, I'll give you a small peak at some other ideas I have sloshing around. Here's a bunch of thumbnail designs for a space tug. Used tug boats, balloons and blimps as reference.



Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Inc Kickstarter Is Done

It's now official, The Inc Kickstarter has funded at 114% of our goal. Thanks to everyone for all your hard work, now begins our hard work getting the book and other rewards ready. If you purchased a reward, you'll receive regular updates from kickstarter on where we are in the process and when the books/rewards will ship.

In the meantime, this blog page will go back to its original mission, giving you news about new artwork, educational materials and tools. So if you want to follow the Inc stuff, please follow the Inc facebook page, as those updates will no longer be posted here.

https://www.facebook.com/thestoryofinc

Monday, September 18, 2017

Story of Inc Kickstarter Ends In 24 Hours

Today's the day, last day before "The Story of Inc" Kickstarter ends. It's been a wild ride, and we thank everyone for participating. It's almost certain we're going to stay funded (baring some crazy calamity), so now the last day isn't about rushing to reach some monetary goal, the last day is about you and the book. We have worked hard to make the best book we know how. Something with a compelling story and great artwork. And we want as many people as possible to enjoy it.

So if you're still on the fence, consider one final time getting a copy of the book. If you love scifi stories. If you love robots and stark alien landscapes. Aliens and giant alien monolithic starships. And if you want a strong emotional story about a true odd couple that are both trying to find meaning in a crazy world. The book is $20 + shipping, and should be in your hands right before the Christmas holidays. We hope you'll join us on our final day, and again, thanks for watching, pledging and/or sharing this project.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1464795223/the-story-of-inc-narrative-artbook

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Inc Citadel On The Horizon Silhouette Sketch

Simple sketches exploring various angles of the citadel.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Chapter 1 Of "The Story Of Inc"

Since we have reached our 100% goal, as promised, Chapter 1 of "The Story Of Inc". This is low res, 100dpi, jpg compressed, so expect the final book version to be cleaner and crisper, but this should give you a sneak peak on the direction of the story and the overall book formatting.

Thanks again to everyone who has contributed and allowed us to reach our goal, we're already half way to our first stretch goal, let's see if we can make it there (and beyond) before Tuesday Morning's closing!

http://www.neilblevins.com/books/thestoryofinc_100dpi_chapt1_kickstarter.pdf

Friday, September 15, 2017

We Are 100% Funded!!

At approx 5:30 am PST on Sept 15th 2017, "The Story Of Inc" Kickstarter reached its goal of $10,000! Thank you so much to everyone who pledged, to everyone who posted about the book on their social media pages, we are super excited, and can't wait to get the book to everyone!

But we're not done yet!

"What do you mean?" you ask. Well, first off, we have 4 more days of the campaign. And there's always a few people who cancel their orders at the end of the campaign. Which means, it is actually possible to fund, and then unfund at the last minute. So lets keep going and give ourselves a healthy margin above the funding goal to make sure there's no last minute shenanigans!

Also, we have stretch goals. So if we reach $11,000 (another thousand), we will release a super highres monitor wallpaper for people to enjoy. I mean at least 3000 pixels across high res. So if you want to see some of the artwork really close up, or adorn your computer with some Inc art, let's keep pushing for a tiny bit longer!

As promised, I will release the first chapter of the book in lowres pdf form first thing tomorrow morning, so stay tuned for that.

A big thanks again to everyone, after 4 years of work, its great to see that this will almost certainly end on a high note. You're the best!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1464795223/the-story-of-inc-narrative-artbook/

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Inc God Robot 2

The Citadel was protected by the Guardians, massive compared to a human, which the ancients considered to be minor deities sent by the Great God to guard their water supply. They were feared and worshiped by the Citadel Monks of The Oasis. The second guardian, a good bit bigger and bulkier than the first, as well as having an energy shield, it's whip tail can obliterate enemies both big and small.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Inc God Robot Faces

We went through an extensive design process to find the best heads for the Guardian Robots. The designs were based on Greek, Roman, African, Native American and Oceanic statues, but in robot form of course. The robot heads float above the desert landscape, ready to activate when they sense a danger to their ward, at which point their true form is revealed.


Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Inc Kickstarter: 95% and a new t-shirt design

So after a bunch of discussions and comments, we have decided to update the t-shirt design. Instead of just the logo, it will also have the robot silhouette, white on black. See picture below. For those who have already purchased the shirt option, you'll get this automatically, For those who now want to switch to the shirt option, feel free to go ahead. And if you have a different option (like say the premium edition book), and you want to add a shirt to your order, please increase your pledge by $30 for US and $35 for International and send me a note letting me know you want a shirt added to your order, and I'll add you to the list. Thanks to Taylor for the suggestion!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1464795223/the-story-of-inc-narrative-artbook

Monday, September 11, 2017

You get Chapter 1 when the Kickstarter funds!

Remember, when the Kickstarter funds at 100%, I'll release the first chapter of the book in lowres pdf form. Here it is, all ready to go. So if you want the sneak peak, please join in the fun! We're currently at 93%!

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Inc Coral Desert 2

The harsh desert is filled with strange fauna, who also fight for the meager water reserves that still exists on the planet.

Friday, September 8, 2017

The Cactus Of The Desert

The cactus of our desert planet is old giant dried out coral, so we needed designs for the flora. Here's a variety of types that appear in the landscapes.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

Inc God Robot 1 Defends 5


This is my “Shadow of the Colossus” shot, our hero looks up at his adversary who towers over him, the camera is wide angle and really low to the ground. Will Landis survive, or will he be swatted like a fly? Landis Model by Bill Zahn, everything else by Neil Blevins.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Introducing Inc And Landis




Our two heroes doing their best to live off the harsh land. The two figures are 3d (the human was modeled and shaded by Bill Zahn), everything else is photomanip and hand painted.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1464795223/the-story-of-inc-narrative-artbook

Monday, September 4, 2017

Climbing The Citadel


Sometimes the price for a cup of water is too high.

Friday, September 1, 2017

We Just Hit The 75% Mark

We just hit the 75% mark last night!

Now comes the hardest part, that last 25%. We know there are people out there who plan on pledging but just haven't found the time yet in their busy schedule to sign up. We appreciate how busy you are, but now is the time! At fully funded, we're releasing the whole first chapter in lowres pdf form for you to enjoy, and see what the Story of Inc is all about. Learn about the secrets of the Citadel, the guardians that protect it, and the relationship between a man and his robot companion as they try and navigate a harsh world where every cup of water is a struggle.

We have more stretch goals after that, so as always, thanks to everyone who has given, and a thanks in advance to everyone who is about to sign up. This book has been a labor of love, and we want to share it with the world. Help us make that happen!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1464795223/the-story-of-inc-narrative-artbook