About this project
Hi! I'm Lois van Baarle, sometimes better known as Loish! I'm a digital artist and animator from the Netherlands. I make my living as a freelance artist but what I love to do most is make my own digital paintings and artwork, which you can find on my website, loish.net.
Over the years, I've gradually gained an amazing fan base who have given me so much support as my artwork and career developed into what it is today. I've regularly been asked whether there is an art book featuring my work, and I've had plans to make one for the last three years. I've researched different options and given a lot of thought into what I'd like to include in the book. With the help 3dtotal Publishing's expertise in digital art books and Kickstarter, I hope to create a book that not only showcases my art but gives a detailed behind-the-scenes look at how I create my work.
To make sure I can offer something special in return for supporting this project, I'm coupling the book with signed art prints and commission slots. I'm also hoping to share some of my knowledge by offering downloadable video tutorials, extensive portfolio reviews and feedback, and livestream sessions as some of the pledge options. I hope that there is something for everyone who is interested in digital art and my work!
"Loish is an exceptional artist apart from any derivative -- her imagery comes from a place full of originality and vibrancy" (Tran Nguyen, Illustrator)
As the project was funded so quickly (thanks so much again everyone!), 3dtotal Publishing and I have come up with some stretch goals to give you some extra rewards if we reach certain targets. We hope you like them!
Please note that these images are just mock-ups so the design is subject to change. The playing cards will feature 52 different images!
The book will of course feature images of my art, particularly my illustrations, and show my progress from someone who drew digitally as a hobby to a professional freelance artist. It will feature tips and insights, and show the process of creating my work, from initial idea and sketch to finished piece. You'll find images that range from finished digital paintings to rough sketches, studies, sketchbook pages and client work. I hope that you will find it inspiring, insightful, and most importantly, enjoyable to read through!
More specifically, the book will include a visual timeline of my artistic journey, with a selection of remakes of past works to show how my work has evolved over the years. I will also discuss my approaches to illustration, sketching, concept art and storyboarding. In addition to all of this I would love to be able to share some never-before-seen work and provide written tutorials and tips for fellow digital artists.
I have been working on this project for a while and have already completed the cover art and new illustrations for the book, as well as a detailed plan for the various chapters. The lovely people at 3dtotal Publishing have already agreed to produce the book and are helping to launch the project on Kickstarter. All I need now is a bit of help from you guys to make this project happen! Please consider backing this project!
In terms of specifications, the book will measure 255 x 255mm in size and will be presented in a craft paper slipcase with a cutout. At 152 pages, the book will also be personally signed by me with a numbered certificate inside.
Please note: some of these pledge options have conditions attached which are detailed below!
#1 A downloadable video tutorial
#2 A signed copy of the book with a numbered certificate fixed inside, so you have proof that you helped make this book happen!
#3 A copy of the book with a numbered certificate fixed inside, so you have proof that you helped make this book happen + one downloadable video tutorial
#4 A signed copy of the book with a numbered certificate fixed inside + two downloadable video tutorials detailing the creation of a character illustration and a digital painting.
#5 A copy of the book with a numbered certificate fixed inside + two downloadable video tutorials detailing the creation of a character illustration and a digital painting.
#6 A signed copy of the book with a numbered certificate fixed inside + two downloadable video tutorials + a signed A4 print of an original artwork created for the book.
#7 A copy of the book with a numbered certificate fixed inside + two downloadable video tutorials + an A4 print of an original artwork created for the book.
#8 A signed copy of the book with a numbered certificate fixed inside + two downloadable video tutorials + a signed A4 print of an original artwork created for the book + a rough digital character bust commission (completed by 5 December 2015) in which you can request any character you like.
#9 A signed copy of the book with a numbered certificate fixed inside + two downloadable video tutorials + a signed A4 print of an original artwork created for the book + a portfolio review, where you can send your portfolio and get personalized tips, advice, suggestions and a constructive review of your portfolio, plus answers to any and all questions you may have.
#10 A signed copy of the book with a numbered certificate fixed inside + two downloadable video tutorials + a signed A4 print of an original artwork created for the book + a rough digital full-body character commission (completed by 5 December 2015) in which you can request any character you like.
#11 A signed copy of the book with a numbered certificate fixed inside + two downloadable video tutorials + a signed A4 print of an original artwork created for the book + a signed full-body sketch commission (completed by 5 December 2015), the original copy of which will be sent to you on paper.
#12 A signed copy of the book with a numbered certificate fixed inside + two downloadable video tutorials + a signed A4 print of an original artwork created for the book + a rough character bust commission created in an exclusive livestream session (completed by 5 December 2015), in which any character you request is drawn in a live stream, where you can ask any questions you may have, provide instructions for the commission, and watch it being drawn live.
Overview of the different types of commissions
Overview of the video tutorials
For backers of the £80, £130, £250, and £440 tiers: Backers must deliver their instructions for their commission and any reference material within 10 days of Kickstarter closing. Please specify whether you are happy with the commissioned work being posted online when it is finished. A credit line can be added to commissioned images shown if desired.
Digital commissions are usually delivered in a digital file upon completion. If you wish to receive an A4 sized print of your commission, please state this in your initial instructions! If printed, an additional fee to cover printing and shipping will be required.
For backers of the £80, £130, and £250 tiers: Commissioners will get to see a rough digital version of their commissioned drawing and at this time, can list any revisions (one major and any minor). Once the finished commission has been viewed digitally, one round of minor revisions will be accepted.
For backers of the £90 tier: Backers must submit their portfolio for review digitally to Lois within 10 days of Kickstarter closing, along with any questions they may have. They may receive their feedback either in writing, chat session, or Skype session - please specify which form is preferred when submitting your portfolio! Lois will provide digital feedback by 5 December 2015 at the latest.
For backers of the £250 tier: Commissioners will get to see a rough version of the sketch and can list any revisions (one major and any minor). Once the sketch is complete, one round of minor revisions will be accepted before the sketch is sent out to the backers' address.
For all tiers: Commissioned images can be shared and posted on the web with appropriate artist credit, but not sold or used commercially in any way, shape or form by any person(s) or organization(s) other than Lois van Baarle and 3dtotal Publishing. The copyrights of all other images and products of this campaign are held by Lois van Baarle and 3dtotal Publishing. These products are not to be used for resale, or used commercially by any other person(s) or organization(s) other than Lois van Baarle or 3dtotal Publishing.
3dtotal Publishing are able to ship worldwide! Simply select your favourite pledge option and your location and Kickstarter will calculate the shipping for you!
Shipping in the UK will be trackable; however shipping outside of the UK will be untracked. If you require a tracked solution for your rewards, please message us or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll provide a shipping quote.
What if my parcel gets lost?
In the event of lost orders in the mail (it happens!), we will offer to resend the order once for free, or alternatively you will have the option of a refund. Please note that we can only reship an order once if it is lost. If the second parcel is lost, we will not be able to offer a refund.
I’ve set aside time in my schedule to get the book done on time, with a detailed week-to-week plan to ensure that the deadline is met. I also put aside some time to work on the backer prizes, especially the commissions. It is the first time in a long time that I am able to accept commissions and I'm very excited to do these!
I'm new to the world of publishing and this will be my first artbook, and Kickstarter feels like the best solution to finanance and create this book. Not only that but at the same time, it gives me the opportunity to open commission slots and make some detailed tutorials, something that I've wanted to do for a long time!
Working with an independent publisher that specialises in digital art books means that I'm making my book with people who understand my work, and most importantly, know what they're doing. It's really important to me to make a book that reflects who I am as an artist and is produced by professionals with experience, not only in publishing but also with crowdfunded art projects (for example the Sketch Workshop and female anatomy figure campaigns). Together with 3dtotal Publishing, I'm confident that this project will succeed!
Risks and challenges
The main challenge of this project is timescale. Good planning and sufficient time is needed to put together this book as well as provide you guys with great backer prizes! As mentioned before, I have completed the cover art and exclusive illustrations for the book, as well as a detailed schedule to write and put together the various chapters. This will allow 3dtotal Publishing to commence work on the book immediately if the funding goal is reached. I've also set aside the time needed to complete all commissions, portfolio reviews, and livestream sessions within the specified dates, so that I can put all of my energy to creating some fantastic rewards for backing this project!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Yes, both prints will be of the same artwork and will be A4. The only difference is that one will be signed and the other will not.
The print will feature an original artwork created for the book. We'll give you a preview of the image as soon as we can.
The £5 tier includes the downloadable video tutorial showing you how to create a rough character illustration.
Unfortunately not! We did not expect such an amazing response, and it quickly became evident that the signed copies tier needed to be restricted, to avoid a recurrence of Loish's tennis elbow injury.
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