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To all my Watchers and friends, I hope I am not overstepping things here, but I wanted to share something with you that could use some help.  There's an Indiegogo campaign that's coming down to the wire that I'd like people to take a look at and hopefully deem worthy of their participation.

Every year in Springfield, Mo. I help put on the Gaming Arts Media Expo, a sci-fi/fantasy/gaming convention, which this year will mark it's sixth and it's been growing steady from year one.  It's a totally nonprofit event that benefits the local Regional Arts Council, showing how even when it's sci-fi or fantasy, there is still real artistic value and skill in the genre that is just as valid as more traditional forms.  There are the traditional things like role-playing games, boardgames, and electronic gaming; cosplay and anime films, but also educational panels like costuming workshops, game design panels, artists giving not only technique talks, but practical information about being an artist in the sci-fi/fantasy industry. Miniature painting workshops, and lots more.   Here's the deal.  It's nonprofit, so our funding comes essentially from ticket sales and donations.  The problem is everyone tends to wait till the last minute, which puts a lot of stress on the event, not to mention strained relations with the venue staff, who demand payment before the event.   As it's our sixth year we've achieved the stamp of credibility and our various fundraisers have been doing well, but the big one is threatening to fall short.

This year we hoped to get what we needed to open the doors by introducing an Indiegogo campaign.  It's done well, raising half of the funds needed, but time is running out.  At the time of this posting there's a little more than hours left to raise the rest, and the way Indiegogo works it's either all or nothing.  We either reach our goal, or it fails and all money is returned to those who pledged.  Back to square one.  So rather than having to start all over if that should unfortunately happen (or worse, be forced to cancel), I was hoping to make you aware of the event and it's fundraiser.  If anyone nearby is interested in attending you can purchase your passes as a donation.  If you're not planning on going, just not hitting a drive-thru once and sending $5 or $10 to the fund raiser could help putting on the event or canceling.  Even if everyone just did a dollar, that would add up and do a world of good.  Anyway, totally up to you.  Whether you do or don't is totally no pressure.  I just wanted to risk it and ask people just to take a look and see if you think it's a worthy cause.  I very much appreciate you taking the time to check this out.  Thank you :)…

(If you feel this is an inappropriate venue, please let me know, and I'll remove it)

UPDATED:    For those of you who checked this out and contributed in some way, thank you so very much!!  Not only did we achieve our goal, but we surpassed it, which means for the first time we're opening the doors in the black and we have enough left over to provide some extra perks to our attendees!  Thank you all so very much.  Even if it was just a dollar or telling someone else about it, every little bit truly helped! :) 
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Known as Niceman in certain circles. That reminds me... if you do a search for my art search under Niceman too as I'm so used to putting that in my tagline that I did it here on many pics in my gallery even though I'm going by NICELabs here.

Anyway, in the Real World I'm a farmboy nerd who enjoys CGI art (mainly work in Poser) when I'm not tending the baby calves on the farm or the classic 80s video game arcade I co-own with friends. My art is eclectic in genres ...pretty much whatever strikes my fancy. I'll do sci-fi, fantasy, modern, horror, just whatever idea pops into my head at the time. Usually though it involves nudity/adult themes. What can I say. I'm a lifelong fan of women and the female form :) If you know what Shokushu is, I'm THAT Niceman, though the Real World and other interests have kept me from being there for years.

Current Residence: the N.I.C.E. Labs facility just off shore of Shokushu Isle
Favourite genre of music: 80s but appreciate all kinds
Favourite style of art: appreciate many styles. Genres lean to Sci-fi and erotic
Operating System: Mac OSX
MP3 player of choice: iPod Touch
Wallpaper of choice: of my own creation
Favourite cartoon character: Jonny Quest circa 1960
Personal Quote: "Integrity is doing the right thing, even if no one's looking"

Commission Info

My rates are $30 for a basic portrait with limited background. Scenes involving action, complex settings and/or multiple characters generally go at a $30/hour rate where most pics fall in the 3 to 5 hour range. I of course do not charge for rendering time. You shouldn't pay for the speed of my computer (or lack thereof)... only the time I'm physically working on the artwork. Transactions via Paypal.

I like to explore genres. I won't be doing any illegal type of artwork of course, but I will do my best to capture your idea. I do refrain from doing any male gay or transsexual pics as it's not my thing and I've found that my lack of inspiration in such areas makes the pics suffer and for a commission that would mean not getting what you want.

I have an extensive 3D library so odds are I can get close to clothing, props and settings you have in mind, but if latitude is allowed I'm sure I can make up for any discrepancies by my attention to the spirit of your request.

Thank You for Encouraging My Behavior


Time constraints and popularity prevent me from thanking each and every one of you for finding Favor with my work, but please know that even if I may not say it to you directly, I am deeply honored my works have been pleasing to your senses. Thank you so very much!



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exata Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Thanks for the fav on Simplicity .
NICELabs Featured By Owner 3 hours ago  Hobbyist General Artist
my pleasure :)  Thank you for sharing :) 
deskridge Featured By Owner 3 days ago   Digital Artist
Thanks for the :+fav:!
NICELabs Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Welcome :) 
Poserreality3 Featured By Owner 3 days ago
Thanks for the fav on Taylor getting wet!
NICELabs Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
my pleasure my friend :) 
GothicVampireFreak Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you lots for the fave :meow: :tighthug: :D :blackrose:
NICELabs Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart: :rose: :glomp: :) 
ManFromAbora Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the fave!
NICELabs Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
my pleasure :) 
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