New Years, New Worlds

The New Year as currently celebrated in Western Europe (and from there in European-colonized places like the USA, Canada, and Australia) started in 45 BCE with the adoption of the Julian calendar, instituted by the Roman emperor Julius Caesar. However, this was far from the only way to celebrate the New Year, then and now. Traditional Chinese and Jewish New Years are both calculated on a lunar cycle and typically fall in early spring and Read more…

Setting Creative Goals… and Keeping Them

No matter what your art is (writing, illustration, game design), you’ll often hear that you should work at it every day. If you don’t do this, some people say, you’re failing as a creator. Now, that might work for some people, but I’ve tried writing every day on several occasions and it just doesn’t work for me. It makes the whole thing a chore that I start to hate very quickly. Instead, I’ve found that Read more…

Inside the News

Industry News, December 2018

Beware of Bad Clauses in Literary Agent Contracts Recently, a literary agent was criticized online for including this clause in his contract: “Please note: in the event that the agent sells the work to a publisher who provides no cash advance payment, the author agrees to pay $500 to the Agency in advance of signing the contract – an amount that will be reimbursed through future royalties.” Obviously this clause causes concern because money should Read more…

Interview with Concept Artist Becca Hallstedt

Dream Foundry Content Manager Jen Grogan sat down with Becca over email recently to chat with them about art, the gaming industry, and pickled vegetables.  You can see more of Becca’s work at beccahallstedtdesign.com. How did you start out as a concept artist? I’ve been drawing since I was very young, and I discovered concept art in high school through Tumblr, Youtube, and Blogspot sites. I actually originally went to an industrial design school because that’s Read more…

Inside the Dream Foundry – Auction Insight

Everything starts with spreadsheets. I suppose, technically, everything starts with the acknowledgment that we need a spreadsheet, but the spreadsheet shows up pretty quickly. A lot of things go into building a nonprofit from the ground up, but if you want to know the engine powering the Dream Foundry, it’s spreadsheets. There’s a spreadsheet that outlines all the spreadsheets we need to make, with timelines for when. I’ve configured it to get awkward and red Read more…

Workers casting metal in a foundry

Coming Soon

The Dream Foundry will soon have a blog! Watch this space for exciting posts about everything related to the speculative arts. We’re also testing out options on the blog, so please bear with us if things look a little wonky from time to time.