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Get an amazing Story Creator App AND a huge library of artwork to use with it. It's great for anyone with a creative side.
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Hey Everyone, The Great Illustrator Project was successfully funded. Thanks so much for everyone's support!!!

For post-Kickstarter-project ongoing information related the The Blackfish Story Creator App, please click here.
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currently $25 = the use of over 20,000 images plus over $4800 worth of additional art. cool huh?
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FINAL LEADERBOARD:

Show some support for your favorite Artist, medium, style, or images you want to be able to use yourself! When you pledge we'll send you a message asking for your vote(s). This is an unofficial count. At the end of the project we'll do a formal tally through a Survey we'll send you.

The current Leader Board is:

1. Jo Ann Kairys, 2. Lizzy Hallman, 3. Jackie Stafford, 4. Sarah Sanchez, 5. (tie) Theresa Franke, Marthe Boisjoly 7. Corey Wolfe, 8. Izzi Ciesinska 9. Nathalie Trinh 10. (tie) Phil Boyd, Alice Sharp, Paul Sharp, Jovani Olivares, Rich Walsh, Steve Feldman, Dan FS, Gary Hanna, Holly Hatam, Tim Read.

Voting: Every pledge above $10 gets a vote for your favorite artist. Some pledges get more votes.Voting will influence which illustrators we use and to what extent in creating the final library of artwork.

We have dozens of amazing artists. See copyright description for the artwork in the Risk and Challenges section below.
We have dozens of amazing artists. See copyright description for the artwork in the Risk and Challenges section below.

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"I Don't Want To Read Everything. Just Give Me The Main Points."

Fair enough ;) Here is the simple version...

Whether you're a parent getting a cool app for your creative child, a writer yourself, a teacher who wants to easily create powerful presentations for your class, or you're just generally a creative person...

Pledge $25, and when the project is finished, you will get a very cool app called Blackfish Story Creator and a powerful digital library of artwork to use within it to create your own stories.

Money brought in through the project will pay for finalizing the app and creating the artwork library and books.

Why is $25 a good deal?

Remember, with Kickstarter, if you pledge money you get something of value. In our case, you get a HUGE amount of value for just $25...

The hardest part of creating a kids book (or any digital document really) is creating or finding professional artwork. Everyone, from kids to adults, has a story to tell and share, but we can't all be great artists. Rather than pay thousands of dollars illustrating your book, and thousands more (plus a ton of effort) figuring out how to create your book and then distribute it, you can just pay $25 here instead. We allow you to create your story (or eCard, eBook, storyboard, presentation, vacation scrapbook, etc) easily and quickly and distribute it digitally everywhere. With a $25 pledge, we guarantee the use of at least 20,000 images. You can see a sample of 3D rendered character images here. The artwork created in the project will compliment the 3D rendered library. If you don't pledge here and now, it's going to cost much more later to use the artwork.

SEE ALL OF OUR ILLUSTRATOR PORTFOLIO'S HERE

On the technology side of things, we think you'll find the Blackfish Story Creator App to be very compelling. We are experts at tech. In our last company we created the world's first consumer 3D touch device (in essence a robot), raised over $30 million growing the company, and published hundreds of games including our own versions of AAA games like Tiger Woods Golf. We're taking our game industry expertise and applying it to books now.

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42 Days. 42 Artists. Currently Featured Artists:

The final featured artists are:

Lizzy Hallman

Jackie Stafford

Izzi Ciesinska

Theresa Franke

Wayne Geehan

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Website Home Page for The Great Illustrator Project

•    For every $5,000 we raise, we’ll create another illustration package
•    For every $15,000 we raise, we’ll create another children's book.

Click here for a overview of the Blackfish Story Creator App

You can check out and download Blackfish Children's Books here.

OUR ILLUSTRATORS

We have a truly amazing group of illustrators, who are the heart of this project. We encourage you to get to know each illustrator - there are some great stories behind each of our great artists. If you click on an illustrator's images, you will be taken to a portfolio page with artwork and a bio.

Please see Copyright information In Risks And Challenges below

Where Our Illustrators Are From - World
Where Our Illustrators Are From - World
Where Our Illustrators Are From - US
Where Our Illustrators Are From - US

LIZZY HALLMAN

Lizzy was part of the beginnings of The Great Illustrator Project...

 JO ANN KAIRYS

Jo Ann is an award winning illustrator (including a Mom's Choice Award for her book). I met Jo Ann...

COREY WOLFE

Images copyright Disney. We won't use copyrighted characters in The Great Illustrator Project, but the images indicate what kind of artists we have.
Images copyright Disney. We won't use copyrighted characters in The Great Illustrator Project, but the images indicate what kind of artists we have.

As you can see from Corey's portfolio, he is one of our more experienced illustrators...

JACQUE LARSEN

Jacque is part of The Great Illustrator Project representing...

PHIL BOYD

I met Phil as an artist who was hired to create the illustrations for a book...

ROBERTO ANGELELLI

Images copyright Hanna-Barbera, DC Comics, Manuel García Ferré. We won't use copyrighted characters in The Great Illustrator Project, but the images indicate what kind of artists we have.
Images copyright Hanna-Barbera, DC Comics, Manuel García Ferré. We won't use copyrighted characters in The Great Illustrator Project, but the images indicate what kind of artists we have.

I think I had more emails back and forth with Roberto than anyone else...

PAM BARCITA

I first met Pam through Mom's Choice Awards (an awesome group, that I highly recommend)...


GARY HANNA

Gary's artwork is spectacular in my view. As we were getting the...


THERESA FRANKE

If I were to describe Theresa in one word, it would be "fun"...


NATHALIE TRINH

I first found out about Nathalie in a Linked In thread that was looking for...


MARY MANNING

When I first contacted Mary, she was already one of my favorite artists, but I didn't know it...


SARA SANCHEZ

We have a number of illustrators who live outside the US...


CLARK TATE

I probably laughed out loud at more of Clark's images than...

IZZI CIESINSKA

Izzi's artwork is just adorable! Many of her characters are just plain cute...


WAYNE GEEHAN

I love Wayne's Bio (click on the image to see it on his page)...


DRU VALERO

One of my main impressions in interacting with Dru, is that he is...

SARAH PRESTON

Sarah's character's are cute and adorable. I think her style could be...

GARY LOCKE

Gary is a veteran illustrator, and it comes through clearly in the exquisite...

MARTHE BOISJOLY

One of my favorite things when I look at illustrations, is seeing an artist...


RICH WALSH

Rich is a talented artist and was a pleasure to talk with on the phone...


TIM READ

Tim has a classic cartoon style that I love. We played phone tag...


HOLLY HATAM

Holly's artwork is beautiful and distinct. Her characters are endearing...


SARAH MICHELLE SCHIMM

Sarah has some great characters drawn with a style that is unique...


DARYLL COLLINS

Daryll's illustrations are great! - you should look through all of them...

STEVE FELDMAN

I love Steve's artwork in its unique angles and perspectives...

WILSON W Jr

Wilson's artwork spans a broad range of styles and characters...

DOUG JONES

Doug is one of our illustrators who has a really great cartoon style...

ALEX VIEIRA

Alex has a great, warm style that is great for kids. He was one of the...

THE GOMEZ'S

The Gomez's have a small studio in which they work together to ...

DEBBIE CLARK

Debbie is bringing a collection of adorable, fun, and heartwarming...

PAUL SHARP

Paul has a great combination of a classic cartoon style often mixed...

MONICA RONDINO AND ANDREA PUCCI

Monica and Andrea have some great images in their portfolio, and...

CECILIA GABBI

Cecilia has a great portfolio with a unique style that is fun...

MARIET VERGARA

Mariet is from Colombia and has some great illustrations to look at...

JORGE ZEQUEIRA

Jorge has some amazing backgrounds that I think could be...

CRISTIAN BERNARDINI

Cristian has some impressive images and artwork, and many very clever...

JACKIE STAFFORD

Jackie was one of our final illlustrators to join the project, and I'm glad...

ALICE SHARP

I came across Paul Sharp's artwork and loved it, and invited him...

JOVANI OLIVARES

I met Jovani through a referral from another of our artists...

VERONIKA CHAVES

Veronika's artwork is a unique style that I thought would be a great addition...

NATHALIE ORTEGA

Nathalie was our last illustrator to join the project, and I'm glad it worked out to include her...

DANILO FERREIRA DA SILVA

Lucky number 42...

Risks and challenges

Any project that has both technology development and art asset creation has risks, and we feel that we have the experience to manage the risks.

Our backgrounds and expertise are in technology development. Most of the underlying framework for the Blackfish Story Creator has already been developed, and the remaining work has been identified. The main risk on the technology side is timing, but we feel this risk is minimal. There is also some potential risk of getting approval for our app on the app stores, but we feel that is also a minimal risk as we have been successfully approved for several apps already.

The main risk in creating all the illustrations is also timing. We will be working with our collaborator illustrators, and each will have deliverables and timelines. I expect most of our illustrators will deliver on time, but as with any creative project, there's likely to be some situations where there are delays. Overall this is a low-cost risk, as most of the artwork will be delivered on time, and artwork that isn't will be delivered as it is finalized.

If funding levels well exceed our minimum and we create even more illustrations, it will also take more time to implement everything. More work for the illustrators, more technology to develop, and more books to be created will all require more time, but that is a happy problem ;)

Here is some additional fine print:

We have included many images in the project to demonstrate what kinds of illustrators we have, but the artwork itself is portfolio artwork and will not be used for project deliverables. All images are copyright to their respective owners and cannot be used for any purpose without written permission from the copyright owner. Additionally, copyrighted characters are copyright to their respective owners and will not be included in the project deliverables.

We can't guarantee that our library of images will be big enough to do everything you'll want to do in your own stories. The hope is the project grows big and we can create a lot of artwork, but if the project stays small, then the art library will be smaller.

Not all of our illustrators will be able to illustrate your images for the pledges in which you pick a specific artist (such as the $5k pledge). Please contact us if you want to use a specific artist, and/or you want to get your book illustrated and have a particular illustrator in mind. We can help you to choose an illustrator as well for the $5k pledge. For the $5k pledge, art will be designed such that characters and images are separated and the separated images will be part of the art library for casual use only. Casual use only means that it won't be able to be distributed broadly (for example, a 7 year old creating a book, and sharing it with Grandma and Grandpa, but not selling it or distributing it to people she doesn't know.) This is nice as it therefore becomes a marketing tool, to help create visibility about your book. Kids who see your images for their casual use will also be shown that your book is for sale.

Voting will influence which illustrators we use in creating the project's art library, but Customizabooks will have final authority on determining how all of the artwork is created, what artwork is created, and by whom.

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    THE GET-ALL-THE-AMAZING-ARTWORK PLEDGE (INCLUDES 1 ARTIST VOTE):

    ** We feel this is one of our best value pledges. For only $25 you will get access to ALL of the artwork created in the project to use in your own books in our Blackfish Story Creator App!

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    I'M A STORY CREATA' GETTIN' THE BETA (INCLUDES 1 ARTIST VOTE):

    ** This pledge is for those of you who love the Blackfish Story Creator technology underlying the project. You'll get get first access to the Blackfish Story Creator app. You’ll be a beta tester, give us feedback on what you like and don’t like about the app before it is finished, and help us to tune it into a final professional and polished app that you’ll simply love.

    ** You’ll also get all of the above rewards (vote for your favorite artist, a digital book with all the artwork, your choice of your favorite children's book, and use of all of the artwork created in the project).

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    THE "I WANT EVERYTHING PLUS SOME BOOKS" PLEDGE: (INCLUDES 1 ARTIST VOTE)

    ** For $35, You will get a free digital copy of all of the books that we publish ourselves that are based on the project artwork! AND

    ** you will get the $25 pledge reward! which includes access to all of the artwork created in the project. This is a great pledge level.

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    I HEART YOU (INCLUDES 5 ARTIST VOTES): Has one of our illustrators collections of artwork blown you away? Use this pledge to make a statement in his or her support. You’ll get the $25 pledge reward plus 4 extra votes (5 total) to influence what artwork gets made.

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    THE CONTRIBUTOR'S BADGE: (INCLUDES 5 ARTIST VOTES)

    ** Donate $50, and you’ll become a contributor to the direction of the project, plus you’ll get the $25 reward, which is access to all of the content (that you’re now influencing) and the $40 reward (the extra votes).

    ** Everyone wearing the Contributor’s Badge will have a voice that we guarantee is heard and which will influence what artwork is made. We’ll have forum discussions, voting on direction, and direct interactions with our team.

    ** Also, The Contributor's Badge includes one other special perk! You will receive a printed and signed (by the illustrator) postcard sized print of your choice from any one of the artwork pieces made in the project. At the end of the project you can peruse all of the artwork that was made, and choose your favorite. That image will be printed on the front of the print, with the signature on the back.

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    MAKE A CHARACTER: (INCLUDES 8 ARTIST VOTES)

    ** This is perhaps the best value pledge in the project. For $75, you get all of the above pledges AND we will render one of our 3D characters in the poses you need for your own story. Need the character facing left and waving? No problem. Need a close up of a worried expression? No problem. There are over 200 characters to choose from viewable at http://www.customizabooks.com/3Dcharacters. Check with us if you want a character that isn't in the list, and that's likely possible too ;)

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    CUSTOMIZABOOKS CLUB: (INCLUDES 5 ARTIST VOTES)

    ** The Customizabooks Club pledge is for Digital Content professionals (e.g. illustrators, writers, animators, etc). We will consider you part of the team. You’ll get first access to our news, services requests, and new Kickstarter projects. As we need more illustrators, writers, narrators, animators, modelers, or other services, the Customizabooks Club will get first notice. We’ll grow with you and you with us.

    ** If you become part of the Customizabooks Club, you’ll also get all of the above rewards (again, that’s a vote, a digital book of all the art, a signed postcard, all the art to use in Blackfish Story Creator, first access to Blackfish Story Creator, all the kids books we publish from the art made in the project, 4 extra votes, and The Contributor’s Badge).

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    GOOD ENOUGH TO BE FRAMED: (INCLUDES 5 ARTIST VOTES) You’ll get an 8x10 physical print of one of the pieces of artwork, signed by the artist.

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    THE VOTER: (INCLUDES 20 ARTIST VOTES) Get our $100 package (join the Customizabooks Club plus all the sub-$100 rewards) plus you get more votes, to vote on your favorite illustrator – 20 votes total. Show some real support for the illustrator of your choice.

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    ORIGINAL ART: (INCLUDES 50 ARTIST VOTES) For $400 you (and only you) will get to define an original art image that one of our artists will make. The artist will sign it, and we'll ship a print to you. You will also get all of the sub $100 pledge rewards. Please contact us for details on which artists are available for this pricing.

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    SHOW ME THE TECH: This pledge is for professionals who want to create their own professional digital book apps, but who have their own art. This includes 5 hours of consulting to get you up to speed, and all of the professional tools we develop in Blackfish Story Creator. None of the money in this pledge goes towards art creation - it all goes towards technical development of Blackfish Story Creator.

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    TURN YOUR BOOK INTO AN APP: For $2500 Customizabooks will turn your digital book (up to 20 pages - often a digital version is fewer pages than the physical version, often half the number of pages) into a cross-platform book app which will be sold on the major app stores. The book app will have all the standard features, including interactive animated objects on every page. The animated objects and detailed custom interactive features are expensive to create, and $2500 is a great deal for a fully functional standalone book app (normally we charge $4000 for this $2500 pledge). None of the $2500 pledge will go towards artwork creation. Please contact us for details.

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    SHOW ME THE ARTWORK: For $5000, you can get your book illustrated, and you'll control which illustrations are made. We'll help you find the right illustrator to get your book illustrated. Please contact us for details and to verify your project will be within scope. This pledge level will not have a portion go towards technical development - it will all go towards art development.

    ** Why get your book illustrated here... 1. Our artists are vetted. I went through many hundreds of portfolios before deciding on our final illustrator list, and anyone who was difficult to work with didn't make it into the project. I would personally vouch for everyone in the project. 2. We'll help you digitally publish and market your book when it is done. 3. FOR 4 PEOPLE ONLY, WE'LL CREATE YOUR DIGITAL BOOK INCLUDING ANIMATIONS ON EACH PAGE AT NO EXTRA CHARGE! (e.g. this pledge includes the $2500 pledge above).

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Funding period

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