By Lauren Panepinto
One of the best parts of being an Art Director, and being as plugged-into this community as I am, is seeing an artist grow over a few years and really come into their own. A great example is Wylie Beckert and her new Wicked Kingdom Deck, now on Kickstarter and already funded.
|Wicked Kingdom on Kickstarter|
Since then she's been getting commissions and she has been selling out for over a year on Every Day Original. This year I have been thrilled to include Wylie in both my Dream Covers show at Krab Jab Studio in Seattle and the Point of Vision: Women Artists in SciFi and Fantasy exhibition at the Society of Illustrators.
|Wylie's great illustration for Dr. Strange and Mr. Norrell|
The deck is already funded on Kickstarter and I encourage you to check it out—not just to back it (which you should)—but also as a study in what makes a financially viable personal project, as well as an example of how to set up a great crowd funding campaign. Just as Wylie herself is a great example of a young talent who leveled-up their career by 1) Saying Yes, 2) Learning how to network and promote themselves and 3) Having an amazing work ethic. All things any artist can learn.
Good Luck Wylie! I can't wait to see my deck in person!