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Benjamin HigbeeBy Benjamin Higbee
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Benjamin HigbeeBy Benjamin Higbee
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About

I am launching this campaign to finish my Zodiac Series, an Illustration project that I will complete by March of 2017 with pledges from essential contributors like yourself.

The Zodiac Series is a multi-step process of developing imagery, hand inking the composition, scanning the inked drawing, then digitally painting, then printing the digital painting, then hand painting over the digital print. The hand painted print is then photographed and combined with the digital painted version (the Master) and is then ready to print to archival paper.

The result is stunning. There is a level of detail that photos on the computer screen cannot due justice to.

The entire project is inspired by the Zodiac as an astronomical system describing great epochs of time that together become what Plato called "The Great Year". The Zodiac is a sequence of ages, each roughly 2150 years long. Together they add up to the Great Year, a period which spans 25,920 years.

The Earth has a secondary wobble, called precession. The "Precession of the Equinox" is the slow migration backward through the Zodiac caused by this slow wobble. It takes the Earth 72 years to transit 1 arc degree as it draws a circle in the northern sky, through the Zodiac. What fascinates me is how the ancients knew this.

The story of the zodiac is embedded in myth. In fact, an important work titled "Hamlet's Mill" goes into incredible academic detail and scholarship to make the case. Here's a quick wikipedia summary:

"Hamlet's Mill (first published by Gambit, Boston, 1969) by Giorgio de Santillana (a professor of the history of science at MIT) and Hertha von Dechend (a scientist at Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität) is a nonfiction work of history and comparative mythology, particularly the subfield of archaeoastronomy. It is mostly about the claim of a Megalithic era discovery of axial precession, and the encoding of this knowledge in mythology." - Wikipedia

While I am interested in astrology, my work in this Zodiac Series of illustrations is focused on this archaeoastronomy aspect. I'm also creating gorgeous representations of the symbols and myths associated with the Zodiac sign. I have done my best to capture the essence of each sign so that it connects with the character of those born under it's influence.

I am also intending to create something fresh and new, both as a result of my working process and in the compositions and patterns used to generate rhythm, visual texture and dynamic color interactions, similar in ways to the color science employed by the impressionists.

My hope is that these pieces are completed by February / March 2017, with your help. I have 6 of 12 completed so far with 4 presently in various stages of development. You can see the completed Zodiac Illustrations at sozodiac.com, a website I created to help market these prints to the world. I also hope that you enjoy them, that they inform and inspire and edify while expressing your inner character, whatever your sign may be.

And in the end, maybe you'll find yourself studying the incredible story of the Zodiac yourself. The journey is worth it. Thanks for your time, interest and pledge!

Cheers!

Benjamin Higbee

Risks and challenges

This project is 75% complete, six of the 12 zodiac signs are shippable right now. This fundraising campain will allow me to dedicate ALL of my time til March 2017 to the completion of the series.

I am the sole owner and the creator of these copyrighted images so there is no issue with encumbrance or authorization. As soon as I finish the work I can print and deliver via mail.

In the case that a pledge is for the higher amounts, in which I am hand painting the final product, some delays may occur in providing you the very best product possible. I will be transparent, communicate regularly and will deliver every single reward by the time frame communicated. If there is any problem in shipping, such as damaged goods, I will resolve the issue promptly.

If a claim with the shipper is necessary, I request that photos of the damaged container be taken before opening, then upon inspection, if there is damage to the print or painting, another photo should be taken and sent to me immediately. I will ship out the replacement within 48 hours.

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    A full set of the twelve zodiac illustration archival Prints of 8x12 inches, packaged with slip sheets and a custom folder. Each print will be numbered and hand signed by the artist (me), and a document of authenticity for the set included, for a stunning addition to your art collection.

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