As much as I am a solitary artist, I also crave community and collaboration, which is why I’m always looking for the right project to work with other (selected) creators. It isn’t as easy as it may sound, as it requires a lot of conversations about roles, responsibilities, and boundaries, and that’s before you even get to any of the creative material. Many collaborations fizzle out at this stage, probably for the better.
I’ve done a few collaborations in the past, and I learned valuable lessons from each. Now, when I look for a collaborative project, it needs to be something special that could only happen with a specific person, something that can only be created when we combine our particular skills.
This is on my mind because it looks like I might be starting a collaborative project with a friend sometime in the near future. We have a setting we co-created for a game that we would like to develop further, a setting I liked a lot when we first came up with it and which has some neat features that give it its own character. We’re still talking about the general idea at this point, but it’s looking good.