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I am creating an SFX life-size figure inspired by a character from Patrick Rothfuss's famous book series, the Kingkiller Chronicle.
I am creating an SFX life-size figure inspired by a character from Patrick Rothfuss's famous book series, the Kingkiller Chronicle.
236 backers pledged NOK 63,555 to help bring this project to life.

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sculpting progress so far
sculpting progress so far

At this point the clay sculpt is ready for moulding and casting in fibreglass/resin. But I still have a long way to go and many things left to do. At the moment I am still working on sculpting, and have just started on designing and working out clothes, boots and accessories for the piece. In November I signed up for a Swordsmithing class with Artist Blacksmith Owen Bush so I could forge a sword for my piece from scratch. Amongst some of the remaining tasks I'm going to work on leather scabbards for the sword + dagger, belts and metal belt pieces. I also have to properly work out realistic details like fingernails, eyebrows, eyelashes, surface painting etc. I really want to attempt to stay as true to the visual descriptions in the books as possible, while at the same time realising my own vision. 

My initial goal is to cover the basic cost of materials and Kickstarter-rewards, which comes to 2500GBP / 30.000NOK* (scroll to the bottom for the cost breakdown!). Anything over that will also help out tremendously, because it means I can consider going the extra mile and get more high quality materials (like proper leather instead of scrap, nice non-synthetic fabrics etc.) and tools. 

DISCLAIMER: I do not claim any ownership over the kingkiller chronicle/ name of the wind or it's characters! I am simply a passionate art student creating an art-piece inspired from the descriptions in the books!

EDIT: Aaaaaand, it looks like we are done here and the kickstarter-campaign is coming to a close! Thank you so much to every backer and all your lovely support, and thank you so much to Worldbuilders and Patrick Rothfuss! I'll keep sending updates on how the project progresses to the backers, and I will also be uploading progress to my website RavnCotino.com if you wish to check it out! I also have a Patreon, if anyone might be interested in supporting me and my work any further. As a last note I just want to say that I'll be graduating mid-July this year and after that I will be highly employable *snaps fingers and winks at you all* 8)

sculpting progress so far
sculpting progress so far
"it was the expression a nightmare wore"
"it was the expression a nightmare wore"
I bet you're excited to see how it'll turn out in the end right??
I bet you're excited to see how it'll turn out in the end right??
concept art
concept art

 There's Rewards!

For each 10,- / £1 I will make THIS FACE at my computer screen! :D (also you will have the best karma ever thank you <3)

For 50,- / £4 I will grant access to a PDF of my different concept sketches, design-work and artwork for the project + 15 high resolution photographs of the finished work!

a selection of art/concept design
a selection of art/concept design

For 150,- / £13 you will get the above + a folder of 100 selected work-in-progress photos taking you through the project from October to June.

examples of progress photos
examples of progress photos

For 200,- / £17 I will send you a radical handmade necklace + a signed thank you card! You will also get the PDF of the concept sketches, design work and art + 15 high res. photographs of the finished piece.

 For 300,- /£25 you will get access to a digital copy of all my workbooks for the project. These document the entire process from welding the armature to sculpting, moulding and casting, forging the sword, fabrication, constructing the clothes, metal-casting, woodworking etc. Step-by-step photos with descriptions of the process. Likely to contain over 500 annotated pictures. Guaranteed to be of value to anyone in the SFX field! (and in general makers of things :))

working on the swordblade, full progress included in workbooks
working on the swordblade, full progress included in workbooks

400,-/ £35 I will be designing, sculpting and casting several belt pieces in pewter for the costume. For people who donate £35 I will cast another copy of the belt buckle and send to you along with a signed thank you-card. You will also get access to the PDF of concept sketches, design-work and artwork for the project + 15 high resolution photographs of the finished work.

design for the belt pieces
design for the belt pieces
sculpting progress for belt buckle
sculpting progress for belt buckle

 500,-/ £42 Buckle and Necklace combo! You get both the necklace and the belt piece + access to PDF of concept sketches, design-work and artwork for the project and15 high resolution photographs of the finished work.

650,-/  £55 Spooky Eye-piece! These are pieces inspired from the main sculpture, individually sculpted and cast in resin and fibreglass. I will cast several with different coloured glass pieces for eyes, so unless specified you will get a random coloured eye. These will come equipped with a wall attachment so you can hang it on your wall. + Digital copy of concept sketches, design-work and artwork for the project + 15 high resolution photographs of the finished work. + A signed thank you-card!

 850,- / £72 Eye-piece + handmade necklace + Digital copy of all my workbooks for the project. + Digital copy of concept sketches, design-work and artwork for the project + 15 high resolution photographs of the finished work. + A signed thank you-card!

1000,- / £90 Eye-artwork + handmade necklace + Belt Buckle + Digital copy of all my workbooks for the project. + Digital copy of concept sketches, design-work and artwork for the project + 15 high resolution photographs of the finished work. + A signed thank you-card!

1500,- / £125 You are invited to the opening night of the exhibition at Wimbledon College of Arts on the 18th of June 2015. I will be around in person to answer any questions about the work and process! Keep in mind that you would have to arrange for transport and accommodation yourself. You'll also get all digital rewards on a USB stick that I will hand to you in person with a signed thank you card and a hug!

Wimbledon College of Arts
Wimbledon College of Arts

2000,- / £175 In addition to the belt buckle I will also be casting several other metal pieces that will make up the complete belt. It will consist of 1 x belt buckle, 1 x strap end and 7 x belt plates. People who choose to donate this amount can choose to receive these 9 pieces and make their own belt if they wish. I will also throw in one handmade necklace in addition to the digital copies of the workbook + concept sketches, design-work and artwork + 15 high resolution photographs of the finished work. And a personalised signed thank you-card by yours truly.

belt pieces in progress
belt pieces in progress

 *Kickstarter only lets me list everything in NOK, hence why I've been adding the approximate conversions.

material breakdown in GBP and NOK
material breakdown in GBP and NOK

EDIT: The first belt pieces are done, and new belt pieces are added to the rewards!!

Stretch Goals:

Initial goal 30 000,- / £2500 - Corrupt moneylenders will definitely not break my fingers, yaay! - INITIAL GOAL REACHED!

Stretch Goal 35 000,- / £3000 - With this I will be able to successfully complete my project without having to cheap out on tools/materials. STRETCH GOAL REACHED!

Stretch Goal 48 000,-/ £4000 - I can sign up for a short leather-working course in addition to buying proper leather, get my own equipment for metal casting and buy a set of Andrew Sinclair sculpting tools. STRETCH GOAL REACHED!

Stretch Goal 58 000,-/ £5000 -  The extra funds will go to cover the shipping and materials costs that come with the increasing number of backers.  Also, everyone who ordered a physical thing will now receive a free ring! STRETCH GOAL REACHED!

Stretch Goal 70 000,-/ £6000 - This goal will allow me to sign up for more blacksmithing! I would also like to sign up for courses in bronze and copper so I can further my skills in SFX.

Stretch Goal 82 000,-/ £7000- I will be able to afford storage space for the figure after the uni term is over. And/or perhaps be able to find exhibition-space for him in London. UPDATE: as I am now giving the sculpture away to Pat and WB, I'm changing the stretch goal and will be using some of this money to help fund our class's degree show.

Stretch Goal 94 000,-/ £8000 - After I graduate in July, I will be cut off from the schools workshops, and before I manage to break into the sfx industry I will have to work on my next projects from home. Any funds past this will help me build up my own studio and equip it with advanced toold like an electric saw, belt sander, dust extractor and other various equipment.

Stretch Goal 105 000,-/ £9000 - I will be able to get my workbook and art professionally printed/published. Everyone who ordered a physical thing will receive free postcards of the finished piece!

Stretch Goal 118000,-/ £10 000 - I will buy a freaking lute. 

this outfit would look so good with a lute tho
this outfit would look so good with a lute tho

FAQ:

Does Patrick Rothfuss know about this kickstarter?

No idea. I have attempted to get in touch with him earlier through his blog and other places, but he is a very busy man and have likely not picked up on my e-mails yet. If someone who knows him links this to him that would be radical because I would love for him to see my work. 

UPDATE: HELL YEAH HE DOES

Are you/will you be working for NBC’s adaption of «Kingkiller»?

Wow no but I WISH!

Doesn’t your university provide you with tools and materials?

Sadly no, my school only provides us with access to the workshops, but all materials and most of the tools we use have to be provided by the students themselves.

Can I come see/scream in front of/throw iron at your figure?

You can indeed, but please refrain from throwing anything. This work will be available for public view and exhibited in the galleries of Wimbledon College of Art from the 20th - 27th of June. And anyone who has the means of getting there is welcome!

Is your piece for sale?

Since the project is inspired by Patrick Rothfuss's character, I've decided that the piece is not for sale until I've talked to Pat about it. If he thinks it's inappropriate I sell him/selling him violates intellectual property somehow I would want to respect Pat's wishes and refrain from doing so. 

UPDATE!!: I am donating Cinder to Worldbuilder's after my degree show!

Risks and challenges

The figure is scheduled to be exhibited on the 18th - 27th of June, so there’s no doubt that the main project will be finished on time.

Some of the challenges will be to come up with new cool stuff to put up as rewards if I happen to run out of the ones already there. My goal will be to send out the rewards in July-August and I don’t really expect much delay on this. Of course unexpected things can happen, but I will do my best to plan ahead so I’ve got everything ready as soon as my graduation is done!

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    £25, Digital copy of all my workbooks for the project. These document the entire process in from welding the armature to sculpting, moulding and casting, forging the sword, fabrication, constructing the clothes, metal-casting, woodworking etc. Step-by-step photos with annotations and descriptions of the process. Likely to be somewhere between 100 - 200 pages long.

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    £55, Eye-artwork, made in resin and glass. + Digital copy of concept sketches, design-work and artwork for the project + 15 high resolution photographs of the finished work. + A signed thank you-card!

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    £72, Eye-artwork + handmade necklace + Digital copy of all my workbooks for the project. + Digital copy of concept sketches, design-work and artwork for the project + 15 high resolution photographs of the finished work. + A signed thank you-card!

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    £94, NEW! A combo of 3 belt pieces + necklace! ; 1 x Belt Buckle + 1 x Belt plate + 1 x Belt end piece. + handmade necklace + Digital copy of concept sketches, design-work and artwork for the project + 15 high resolution photographs of the finished work. + A signed thank you-card!

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    £125, You are invited to the opening night of the exhibition at Wimbledon College of Arts on the 18th of June 2015. I will be around in person to answer any questions about the work and process! Keep in mind that you would have to arrange for transport and accommodation yourself. You'll also get all digital rewards on a USB stick that I will hand to you in person with a signed thank you card and a hug!

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    £175, In addition to the belt buckle I will also be casting several other metal pieces that will make up the complete belt. It will consist of 1 x belt buckle, 1 x strap end and 7 x belt plates. One handmade necklace and the digital copies of the workbooks + concept sketches, design-work and artwork + 15 high resolution photographs of the finished work. And a personalised signed thank you-card by yours truly

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