Post Darwin Day Post
This update is long overdue. I was hoping to be able to show you the first six pages today, but life made sure that would not happen. Without going into all kinds of details, I can say that I haven't made as much progress as I had hoped by this time, but the project is still going ahead, and I am more enthusiastic than ever about the the artistic vision that is unfolding. Because of the support and encouragement I have received since November, I am more committed than ever to making this my life's work. Here is a list of things I accomplished toward the project since November:
-Designed an intricate frontispiece to go opposite the title page--I'm currently seeking advice from a science advisor to help me finalize the details on this.
-Designed and researched material for the Dedication Page
-Finalized the Table of Contents design
-Worked with a science advisor to lay out enough characters of genetic code to form the top and bottom borders of the entire 300-page book
-Addressed envelopes and mailed 29 postcards to the $10 backers
-Packaged and shipped about 100 boxes of cards for the $30 backers
-Framed and shipped 31 beetle prints for the $60 backers, and will have additional choices for the others ready to ship in March
-Worked on a stationery design for the letters I will write to the $90 backers. This process led to the design of the dedication page for the book. I hope to have the letters completed by summer.
-Collected, posed, and photographed all 14 adopted beetles, made sketches and line drawings of each, created what I call a "color map" for each beetle, and am now in the process of doing color sketches and full-size paintings for the $250 backers
-Worked on the structural design for the miniature book of illuminated beetles and will have these ready to ship to the $300 backers in the summer
-Finalized the Title Page design and will begin creating and shipping the reproductions to the $600 backers this summer
-Attended two presentations by Richard Dawkins in the Phoenix Metro area
-Purchased a supply of gold leaf, brushes, paint, and other miscellaneous tools and materials I will need to complete the first 30 pages
-Purchased a few excellent reference books on various related topics, such as beetles, fossils, mapmaking, evolutionary biology, and manuscript illumination
-Purchased all of the paper needed for the entire book
I had a few minor setbacks. The paper arrived damaged, so I had to return it for a replacement. I received the new shipment a couple of weeks ago. I will post photos of what 300 pages looks like soon. Also, my computer crashed just after I made some major design changes that I hadn't had the chance to back up. I was without my computer for about 2 weeks, and am still trying to recover. One casualty was the blog at www.illuminatedorigin.com. I have been unable to post new blogs, and at this point if I make any changes to the website I will lose the entries I have already made. I'm currently working with a tech expert to recover the website and move my blog to Wordpress. I can't even post photos here, because Kickstarter only lets me post links to photos that have been uploaded to another website. Ugh!
I want to extend my sincere appreciation for your continued patience. This IS happening, and I am more anxious than anyone to see the first section of the book completed. I plan to do major updates on or around the solstices and equinoxes. If you wish to check in with me at any time, please don't hesitate to contact me. Look for more studio photos on the Facebook page soon.
Happy belated Darwin Day!
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Oct 18, 2011 - Nov 17, 2011 (30 days)
Pledge $10 or more
For a $10 contribution you will receive a beautiful Illuminated Origin of Species post card mailed to you in a translucent vellum envelope hand-addressed in calligraphy by me. In addition, if you choose, your name will be written in a special section of the actual illuminated manuscript where I acknowledge all contributors to the project.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $30 or more
For each $30 pledge you will receive a boxed set of 8 greeting cards embossed in gold with my original calligraphic design that combines Darwin's tree of life with the phrase "Life is what we make of it." Envelopes are included.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $30 or more
For a $30 pledge you will receive a boxed set of 8 gold foil embossed greeting cards with the phrase "There is grandeur in this view of life." This original calligraphic design combines Darwin's tree of life sketch with a phrase from the famous last paragraph of "On the Origin of Species." Envelopes are included.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
Pledge $60 or more
For every $60 contribution you will receive a limited edition, 3x5-inch, signed giclee print of one of the actual beetles that will appear in the opening pages of the Illuminated Origin of Species. These prints are hand-embellished with iridescent watercolors and 23-karat gold, and will arrive in a 5x7-inch shadowbox frame. There will be a choice of 5 different beetles. Donate more than once and collect them all!Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $90 or more
5 backers All gone!
For $90 you will receive a one-page, personalized thank-you letter addressed to you, your family, or organization, handwritten by me in calligraphy, and illuminated with iridescent watercolors and 23-karat gold. Your letter will be written on high-quality Fabriano paper made in Italy and will be suitable for framing.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
Pledge $250 or more
1 backer Limited (9 of 10 left)
Adopt-A-Beetle! For a $250 donation you will receive an ORIGINAL, signed, hand-illuminated 8x10 color painting of your favorite beetle, and a life size version will be included, subject to approval, in the opening pages of The Illuminated Origin of Species. Do you own the rights to a great beetle photo? I will turn it into an illuminated painting for you, and a life-size miniature version for the manuscript. You maintain all rights to your photo, I maintain all rights to the painted image. If you don't have a photo of the beetle you would like to sponsor, I will paint it from an actual specimen. Your contribution will be acknowledged in a special section of the manuscript.Estimated delivery: Apr 2012
Pledge $250 or more
10 backers All gone!
Adopt-A-Beetle! For a $250 donation you will receive an ORIGINAL, signed, hand-illuminated 8x10 color painting of your favorite beetle, and a life size version will be included, subject to approval, in the opening pages of The Illuminated Origin of Species. Do you own the rights to a great beetle photo? I will turn it into an illuminated painting for you, and a life-size miniature version for the manuscript. You maintain all rights to your photo, I maintain all rights to the painted image. If you don't have a photo of the beetle you would like to sponsor, I will paint it from an actual specimen. Your contribution will be acknowledged in a special section of the manuscript.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $300 or more
9 backers Limited (1 of 10 left)
For a $300 pledge you will receive a handmade miniature book of shiny, painted beetles! The miniature beetle book will be an 8-page accordion in a 2x3-inch matchbox cover. The beetles will be giclee printed onto watercolor paper and hand-embellished with iridescent watercolors and 23-karat gold. This is a limited edition of 12 signed and numbered copies. The first backer to pledge at this level or the $3000 level will receive copy #1/12.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $600 or more
5 backers All gone!
For $600 you will receive a full-size, 22x30-inch hand-painted, handwritten, hand-gilded title page of The Illuminated Origin of Species. THIS IS NOT A PRINT. I will create this piece from start to finish using the same process used make the title page of the original manuscript. No other page of the Illuminated Origin will be made available as an original. Each one of these will be slightly different, but all will have the Illuminated Origin of Species title block in raised 23-karat gold. This piece will be signed.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012
Pledge $2,000 or more
1 backer All gone!
For $2000, you will receive ALL of the rewards listed above, including the Title Page and Miniature Book, PLUS you will receive the original calligraphic art created for the greeting card design "Life is what we make of it," OR "There is grandeur in theis view of life" featuring Darwin's tree of life. This one-of-a-kind original work of art is made of 23-karat gold on 300-lb Fabriano Artistico paper, and is signed and beautifully framed to 16x16 inches. Your name will be written in a special section of the Illuminated Origin of Species as a founding donor.Estimated delivery: Feb 2012