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. And we'll post any major updates here on this page as well. Thanks again, more news coming!

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

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

We Just Hit The 75% Mark

We just hit the 75% mark last night, so as promised, some brand new artwork for everyone to enjoy, this time from Chris Stoski, showing off more details of the Oasis, the society that's grown up surrounding the citadel.

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

 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Inc The Book Tutorials

A few people have asked what making of material will come with the Inc book. Our "Making Of" articles will be digital, so in the book will be links to the following...

1) Scale Comparison
2) Character Turntables
3) Designing Inc The Robot (Design, Modeling, Texture)
4) Costume Design Using Photo Collage
5) 3d Sketches As A Base For A Painting
6) Color Sketches To Final Rendering
7) Layers Breakdown Inc Poster 1
8) Layers Breakdown Inc Coral Desert Wandering 2
9) The Big Shapes Designing The Alien Mothership

8 of the 9 "Making Of"'s have videos, and each comes with long written components with tons of pictures. Hopefully they will give you some good insight into the processes we used to make the artwork for the book.

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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The First Inc Tutorial Posted


Since we're now above 50% funded for "The Story of Inc" kickstarter, here's a video tutorial showing a photo collage technique we used to develop some of the unique costumes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ant35wxXNZY

There's another hour and a half of similar tutorials linked to from the book, so please help us get the book funded!

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

Monday, August 21, 2017

We Are Half Way There!

Last night we hit the 50% funded mark, all in the first 6 days! Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed to the book, or helped spread the word.

Now let's bring it home, the middle part of a kickstarter campaign is the toughest because traditionally the pledges really slow down, with a final upswing in the last days of the campaign. Let's break that mold and get the book funded early, I bet we can do it by the end of the week!

So if you're on the fence or haven't had a chance yet to order your copy, now is a great time to join in. You can order a copy for as little as $20+shipping.

As promised, here's a new piece of Inc artwork from the ultra talented Jeremy Cook, showing off the Widow's Revenge. And tomorrow we'll be posting a tutorial on how we made some of the art for the book project.

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

Thanks again!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

We have passed the 25% funded mark in a little over a day!

We've passed the 25% funded mark on the Inc Book Project Kickstarter in just a little over a day! Thank you everyone for your awesome support! As promised, the first stretch goal at 25% is a new Inc image. The 50% mark will get both another new image, as well as a video tutorial showing how we made the artwork for the book, so tell your friends, and let's make it to goal #2! And thanks for being a part of The Story Of Inc!


This is Inc's “Alas, poor Yorick” moment. Confronted with the fact that there's very little that sets Inc apart from a pile of robot parts, he has to question his place in the universe, does he have a greater purpose beyond serving humans?

To find out, get your copy of "The Story of Inc" narrative artbook for $20+shipping:

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Kickstarter Has Begun!

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Inc Book Project Kickstarter has begun. Click below and order your copy today!

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

Hardcover, 168 Pages, 10.25" x 8", 12 artists, a bold scifi adventure you will never forget.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Inc Trailer

The Inc Trailer. Kickstarter happens tomorrow at approx 10am PST!

Trailer Credits:
Kat Evans: Motion Graphics, Layout, Animation
Bill Zahn: Sound and Editing
Neil Blevins, Bill Zahn, Jeremy Cook: Artwork

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Inc Coral Desert Wandering 1


Our two heroes wander the desert finding all sorts of strange rock formations and long dead plants.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Inc Coral Desert Wandering 9


“Although I knew better, I pushed us day and night, sometimes taking shortcuts we should have avoided. We were nearly devoured several times.” - Landis

Friday, July 28, 2017

Inc Oasis Wall 1


"We cautiously made our way closer to the city built in the shadow of the Citadel. What at first appeared insignificant now seemed impenetrable. Tall walls circled the place, and guard towers served as a reminder that you were watched at all times."

I decided that another painting of the Oasis wall was in order, this time with a more dramatic camera angle to show off the perspective and to illustrate the rough sands blown by the winds. All painted in photoshop with the exception of Inc the robot, which was originally a render that I swiped from another painting then painted over to change the pose and lighting.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Inc God Robot 1

"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 God Robots (later renamed Guardians) are based on a number of influences, mostly ancient statues of Greek, Roman, African and Oceanic origin. And of course my general love for giant robots started at a young age with Goldorak (the french version of the Japanese robot Grendizer by Go Nagai) The first in the set was specifically inspired by Ray Harryhausen and a statue that sits in the De Young Museum in San Francisco. The robot was fully modeled in 3dsmax, but since it was only going to show up in a couple of paintings in the book, all its texturing was done in 2d to save time. Later on, it ended up appearing in far more paintings than planned, so in hindsight doing a full 3d paint job would have probably been the better course. Ah well.




Monday, July 24, 2017

Inc Aliens Warp Gate 2


“We were now heading straight for the mothership, hugging it as dangerously close as possible, sending the remaining probe smashing back into the huge ship that had launched it.”

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Inc Oasis Gate 3


“Are they trying to keep people out, or in?” INC asked. “Definitely out,” I replied. “We just need to wait for the funeral.”

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Inc The Aliens Arrive 1


What can I say, the aliens arrive, can't say more without spoiling the plot :) All painted in Photoshop.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Inc Meeting The Space Pirates


"The Widows Revenge descended to the ground, and the captain emerged on the boarding ramp with a cocky sense of victory. Inc immediately aimed his welder at him. Captain Sturges seemed unfazed, almost charmed by Inc’s actions." Ship design by Jeremy Cook, painting by Neil Blevins.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Inc Coral Desert Wandering 10


Inc The Robot and Landis roaming the barren desert. The original human modeling/texturing was done by Bill Zahn, robot modeling/texturing by myself, then I integrated them into the environment, and painted in details in 2d.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Inc Aliens Arrive In The Past 1


“Your confused friends out there have been sipping from a leak when they could have been guzzling from a firehose if they just had the courage to take a look.”

Another painting from the Inc book project. Ever since the film Dune, and that spectacular shot of the Guild Heighliner above Caladan, I've always loved the image of a giant spaceship hovering in a planet's orbit, I could paint them all day, it raises such juicy "What's going to happen next" type questions.

My usual combination of 3d, photos and hand painted in photoshop. The most time consuming was the planet, as I had to make it up of dozens of individual cloud images, then warp them to the contours of the planet.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Friday, July 14, 2017

God Robot Defends 4


"I was just about to put my cup to the wall when the ground shook under my feet, sending me backward onto the dirt. It was as if the building had come to life."

Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Dropship


Heading down to the planet surface for some exploration. Painting By Jeremy Cook.