What is Canvas Swap?
Canvas Swap is a fantasy/science fiction themed collaborative art zine that showcases the works of at least three collaborative artists and 1 solo cover artist per issue. It’s purpose is to bring artists together to promote networking and kinship. The collaborative artists contribute to 3 unique images, each taking on a different stage for each image; Sketch, inks or colours and can be anything as long as it fits the theme of the issue and our rating.
We support artists of all kinds and while our publication has a 2D visual art focus, we are happy to host all kinds of styles and creatures in our publications as long as they follow our PG rating and does not promote hate, discrimination, etc.
Canvas Swap and Zinnie the Zebra are owned and run by WildElement Studios, and the zine is based in Canada (but open worldwide) thus all our prices are in Canadian Dollars!
This ‘zine would not be possible without the help of Thea, Rhari, Supernova and a few others for their support and feedback, DragonManMike who helped with our first website as well as our donors who helped us meet our start up and running costs for 2018!
Interested in being a Canvas Swap artist? Apply here!
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Purchase any zine item from our stores (except Redbubble/Teepublic) and you'll get the option of submitting your character to our list to get drawn by our artists!
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PDF | 20 Pages | Alien Worlds
BONUS: Phone backgrounds & Fundraiser artwork
Cover Artist: Temrin (merch here & here)
Collab Artists: Abluecorridor | Mau Acheron | Breadavota
Other Content: Cover Progress Video | Fundraiser Art Video
First and foremost, we want this project to be fun and enjoyable for those involved. We want to promote a good collaborative and friendly environment for all our artists and encourage networking during each issue’s progress.
Below you will find Artist and Staff applications!
There are usually only three collaboration artists per issue, one solo cover artist per issue and only 2 issues per year. As such, we may not be able to accommodate everyone! We will certainly do our best but please do not take it to heart if we cannot place you!
There are ~3 months of work time per issue with deadlines for each stage of the collaborative pieces. Artists are expected to be able to complete their portions for each deadline so that they can be passed on to the next artist so everyone has enough time to complete their stages.
The cover artist has the entire 3 months to work on their piece for the cover, start to finish and is expected to be a fully coloured and shaded piece unless the theme conflicts and/or an alternative approach is agreed upon.
You must be at least 19 years of age (and a legal adult in your area of residence) to participate.
Please note that traditional artists are required to high res scan their image stages and may need to print out previous stages to work on them.
Please read the application and information fully before applying and in the form, please link us to a gallery or folder where we can easily view Sketches, Inks and full colour pieces that are more than just gradients and textures.
We're looking for folks who are interested in helping with the Zine!
Positions are currently on a volunteer basis and are broken down into small workloads. Staff will get a free PDF of each zine they work on and (optional) mailed merch perks for their time. Once financially possible, positions will be paid.
|Media||Help Needed||Someone to take provided artwork and create graphics/teasers.||~2 hrs/month|
|Discord||Help Needed||Someone who can help answer questions about the project.||As needed, but not often|
|Marketing||Help Needed||Someone to organize/order ad space, trades with events/businesses/etc.||~1 hr/week|
|Copy Writers||Help Needed||Someone to help create the text content for our newsletters, social media, etc.||Once a month|
|Fullfillment||Filled||Someone to order, check and mail out zines/merch and deliver digital rewards.||Once per Zine|
|Website||Filled||Someone to handle website upkeep.||As needed, but not often|
|Budget||Filled||Someone to update and handle the budget and financial needs of the zine.||Once a month|
|Zine Creation||Filled||Someone who puts the zine together. Images, text, spellchecking, etc.||Once per zine|
These are our currently active $3+ Patreon sponsors. Become a patron today and get your name here!
Bozo Lummox, Tibo, WDG, Chocomage & some epic rabbits
This lists all those who have supported the project over on Ko-fi
Many of these supporters helped right from the start and made CSZ possible in the first place.
Bozo Lummox | Korozar | Naiser | Anbessa | Skyican | Tibo | Thea | Akonite | Kody “OmniOtter” Orpurt | TLD | Memokkeen | Fala | WDG | Khanaar | Brandon Cyr | Asalis | Choco | Seanz | Tyins | Lochy | Vivid
Frequently Asked Questions
►How do I get a Physical Zine?
You can preorder physical zines on Patreon to get a guaranteed copy, or you can check our Etsy listings for any extras.
NOTE: Shop sometimes goes into "limited mode" with only some items available but that doesn't necessarily mean we are out of stock! We just aren't shipping those items at the time.
Participating artists may also have copies for sale so be sure to check their pages!
►Do you have an email Newsletter?
We do! Join our Newsletter for future updates and get a discount code for joining.
►How do I get my character drawn by the zine artists?
Folks who support us on Patreon ($10+ per issue), Ko-fi ($9+) unless an event allows lower amounts, and those who purchase any zine item from our PDF store or Etsy will get the link to submit their character to be added to the collective list that the artists can choose from when looking for character for their zine images, to make reward sketches, etc!
Artists can choose who they want from the list
You can submit a character once per zine you support!
Patreon members remain on the list as long as they are a member, even if already drawn. (Bonus perk)
We work through the list so everyone will get drawn but it is not first come first served!
►I heard you have ad space available in each issue?
Correct! We have a couple ad sizes that you can buy in a zine issue and it helps fund the project!
Large ad: $25CAD
Medium ad: $18CAD
Small ad: $10CAD
Email us with what size you want and your PayPal address and we will get you invoiced for the next issue.
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►I see you take donations... Where does this money go?
All income to the project goes right back into the project to cover running costs. These costs consist of (but aren’t limited to) yearly website/domain costs, marketing, printing, shipping, supplies, and more! We also of course try to have a little padding in case we have any emergencies come up, for example, an issue with a print run and having to do it again/express shipping.
At this time, our artists are compensated with copies of the zine to sell for their own profit and our staff are unpaid volunteers. While many of us participate because we believe in the project, we know that it is not sustainable long term if we cannot give more compensation for all the hard work that goes into this zine. More information on our goals and income breakdowns on Patreon
Our current artist compensation and application details can be found at here.
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