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Book WIP and poll by Artsammich Book WIP and poll by Artsammich
I have a question for you folks who watch me.

I want to write a book on basically everything I know about art and design. Unfortunately that's a lot of work and will probably take 5-10 years to develop in my spare time.

Someone suggested I should set up an online periodical and use that to write and develop images for the book, using subscriptions to fund the process. If income is right I can drop my freelance projects and possibly cut down the time necessary to 1-2 years instead.

So here's the question. How much would you be willing to pay PER YEAR (yearly subscription seems easiest) to get weekly inside access to my thoughts, ideas, and development processes? This would include things like the image above in their entirety with explanation, painting and design tips, and so forth.

Please be honest, even if the amount is $0, because your answers will help me know whether it will be worth it to set such a thing up. And see if you can get your friends to comment also so I have a wide sampling.

Thank you very much!
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Chris-Kruger Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Any news regarding the subscription thingy? Sorry for nagging. My cash is at your disposal at least :)
Artsammich Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
I've put this idea on the back-burner, but I am still working (slowly) on a book. Maybe at some point I'll revive the idea of posting more stuff as I go, maybe through a Patreon.
funshark Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Yeah go for the patreon thing :)
EmmanuelNgene Featured By Owner May 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I've looked virtually everywhere for 2d rendering references like these!

I'm so glad you've made these sheets

thank you so much sir

i'm strapped for cash but i'd genuinely pay whatever price for a book like this.

I myself, don't learn too well from inside access things like that, but a hard copy book filled with your collective art and design know-how would be a godsend
Chris-Kruger Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'd happely pay 300-500$ each year for your tutorials.
343GuiltySpork Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I would love to pay for some of your insight, i'd pay $100-$150 a year for your tutorials. Say, with some kind of monthly subscription option.
I've learned so much from the stuff that you put out for free. The vast majority of the knowledge I have about lighting my work is from observing the way you paint your art.

If you have a patreon account i'd definitely sign-up for it! Thanks so much for all the info you put out  for free already.
Artsammich Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
Yeah, Patreon seems like a great way to go for this sort of thing.
Chris-Kruger Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
So how is the book coming along Sam? :)
Artsammich Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
Bleagh. So much work. But I'm working on it.
Chris-Kruger Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Fantastic :)
cheynnalos Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014
50$ is worth to have such a book= =~
2MindsStudio Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
do a patreon account!
Artsammich Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2014
I haven't heard of that, I'll have to look into it. Thanks!
verrmont Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'd pay about 25 per year, maybe more. This post is 4 years old but if you ever get that book going, I want it.
ovalle Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013
Thats really helpful, thanks!
BrandonGlover Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
but also there are great sites like and he does it for free but he makes premium lessons that are only $10 dollars and their more then forth it.
BrandonGlover Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013
$10-$15 a month would be nice, im a struggling noob so a high price would not help.
zimatrix Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Did you ever make that website because I would definitely be interested in signing up :)
Artsammich Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2013
No, not yet. I'm still working on the book, I just haven't yet figured out the best way to spread the bits of info yet.
You can always follow my blog until then, that's where I do most of my tutorial/art discussion stuff right now.
AndyMichele Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
I feel like I would pay anywhere between 40 to 60 dollars for such a book, maybe more depending on how much info is in it~ You have a lot of useful information, and as I've seen mentioned before, having it in a book format to hold with you when you travel or internet isn't available is a great thing. I'm definitely interested~ c:
tralala1984 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Or maybe you could do some periodical online tutorials until it is half way done or even more than half, and finish the rest of your tutorials, then compile all the tutorials and send them to be to the publisher and I'd like to buy a book full of your complete tutorials teeheee.. :D
DennyKotian Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
What about Kickstarter?
Artsammich Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
I've considered Kickstarter, but the problem is that I still have to create the art for the book and I'd have to make a _ton_ of profit to quit my day job and have more time to do it. Kickstarter only means a lot of people are angry when I can't deliver the book on time.
windyvandruten Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2012   Filmographer
Wow if you really share that much knowledge broken down (which not many artists would do even if they write a massive book)..
I really wouldn't mind around £25-40, as selfish as it sounds, that's quite a lot for UK I think.. Please don't take that long!
RobinTinaBanu Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2012  Professional General Artist
25 - 50
Zeiram3f Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hmmm... I'm thinking 50ish =]
Esevans Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012   General Artist
The concept is a good one. Might I suggest you show more of your art in the samples. More from bigger art pieces. Like a example of how you used it. Think it might be more enticing to the reader. Hope the best for your book. You really are a great artist. :D
bcupman Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
if the book releases please let us know!
Thunder138 Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012
Did anything ever happen with this idea?

For the record, I would pay $25 to $50 if there was a lot of good stuff up there!
Karonto Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2011
nice work, great info , thanks !!
DenkenToetetGedanken Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
I love the idea but i would not want to spend more than 10$.
Tilzeran Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2011
I think there is one problem in reflective/transparency. I do not know the program, which reduces transparency in areas where there is a bright reflection. Man leans his palm to forehead to see what is behind the glass.
Knockwurst Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2011
this rocks!
Khaidu Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
honestly, with new free art video sites like ctrl+paint. I am unsure i would pay for an online service with these sorts of tips available. If however it was an active online teaching site with the intention of teaching people and treating them as students and giving personal attention, I would say I would consider a qualification fee for experience and training to improve/understand art.
Adrian-Drott Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Late comment on this picture but I don't like monthly/yearly subscription but if you ever made a book I would buy is for sure!
Alicemonstrinho Featured By Owner May 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Hi there, I'm a little late! I personally like books much more then online content and among many reasons, I specially like it because I like to draw in different places and I thing printed stuff are better because the colors would never change (on computers, it depends on your screen). The act of turning pages is also very inspiring.

I couldn't say about the year pricing because that is somehting I never did, but honestly, for a large amount of content, I guess $50 would be a nice price.

And please, if the progect is ready, let me know!
Luzzi0 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
i cant spend on a yearly subsription but i will love to have your book
webdefender Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Just curious if you made a decision yet. I think I would be willing to pay $60 if it was a monthly subscription.
neuromantiker Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So hows the book coming along? :) Cant wait to see it - ive read all of your blog tutorials - they are awsome - and im definately going to buy the book asap, so at least I can support you that way..
rfdickerson Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
I would probably pay around $50 per year. I would be so excited to get my hands onto such a book that you're talking about. Your understanding of lighting is inspirational.
chocolovedante Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
oi sou brasileiro
gostaria de falar que eu estando aqui onde estou tenho uma enorme vontade por isso
percebi que não respondeu mais a nenhum dos que falaram depois de janeiro de 2010
mas quero dizer que eu gostaria de comprar sim
mas tenho o empecilho de língua
e gostaria de saber se ainda esta tentando preparar o livro
e se também colocaria ele em português o que agradaria a muitas faculdades brasileiras
que tem pouco material em português para ajudar novos nesse campo de atividade ^^
obrigado e gostaria que vice isso ^^
gureiduson Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2011
Around $ 50.
I can pay more, if needed, but 50 is a nice prize to a yearly subscription.
How it this project going? Have you started it?
grote-design Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2011  Student General Artist
well... i'm really interested in this (if it's still offered), but as i am a poor student ( ;) ) so i would not give that much, but could still consider giving a little something...
soyabeansoldier Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I think Karooble idea works pretty well, it might be good to have individual chapters on certain topics so If your a beginner or advanced artist you can start where its right for you. However, I tend to pay less for things that are digital between 5-20 and a lot don't like to pay at all. But I would pay up to 70 for a large detailed tangible art book. So maybe you could put the chapters together in the end once you have enough from selling digital copies. Hopefully, this helped. Your work is very inspiring and I think you will do well whatever path you decide:)
FruityOpal Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oooh, thirty, forty quid? So what's that? $50, $60? It would be totally worth it, and had I the money I'd gladly pay more.
KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I would certainly buy this book. Don't know about a subscription though, as I'm a poor college student. Maybe $40-50?
87xh5sg Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010  Professional General Artist
have you checked out [link]
to fund your book?
coloradogirl86 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would defiantly buy the book. Hard to say about a subscription because I just don't have the extra monthly income. This preview is amazing and I love your work. I guess 30-50 would be reasonable.
skipp311 Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2010
$35.00 to $45.00 a year, but a discount on the book and maybe some bonus material for the people who subscribed
Dudymas Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2010
I think it's fair to say $50. I'm already subscribing to a few things for that amount, and if this is a true resource that you'll honestly dedicate time to, I can put that down. After the first year, I might push one way or another, but I'd also like to know if there would be a 'syndicated' fashion to this, so we could possibly opt to either purchase more content like files or order CD's... possibly there might be print services for ref posters so we don't have to haggle with those print blokes ourselves... or maybe the option to have ustream access to watch you create stuff and ask questions (several artists I've seen do this end up getting a lot of fun out of it, so I might as well mention it).
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