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"The Magic Rite of Drawing", showcasing concept and character studies from 40 years of my projects & sharing art techniques and ideas.
"The Magic Rite of Drawing", showcasing concept and character studies from 40 years of my projects & sharing art techniques and ideas.
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The Magic Rite of Drawing

UPDATE: We have met our goal AND a stretch goal! YAY! AND I've determined that with our current funding we can print at least 16 pages of color for each and every book

BUT if you want a book, now is the time to pledge, with just a few hours left. This is going to be a very limited print run, making this book a rarity in times to come. 

I'm very grateful for this book and for my previous KickStarter project that successfully funded my book, Faces.Figures.Fantasies.— The Art of Thomas Haller Buchanan. That book was received very well and inspired a companion book formatted as a soft covered 'sketchbook' of sorts:

Design of front cover of 12"x 9" 96 page book
Design of front cover of 12"x 9" 96 page book

We reached our stretch goal of $10.5K in pledges so that we can print a limited number of hardcover books for those of you who prefer that format. 

See bottom of this page for some updated rewards to help ease the stress of a tight stretch budget.

Our second stretch goal was 14K to fund a full book of color, but at least as of now, with 3 hours to go, each book will have 16 pages of color, instead of the entire book being in black and white. That's even for all the current pledgers at the price already pledged. 

Don't wait, don't hesitate! 

And here's a last minute reward offer!

 UPDATE on this reward offer: SOLD!!!

La of Opar, original art available at the $400 pledge level
La of Opar, original art available at the $400 pledge level
 

Here's my story:

I'm a drawer kind of guy! Drawing is what I do, more or less, for a living! 

I used to paint, I still could, but I choose to draw. Graphites, charcoals, conté crayons, wax crayons, pastels, prismacolors, sometimes pen and ink—these are my instruments of choice. 

I've been drawing for a living for over 40 years! That makes me sound like an old guy, but drawing keeps me young! It keeps me searching and keeps me finding! I find beauty and character and action and adventure and peace and tranquility. I find myself.

I'd like to share what I've found and offer my techniques of the drawing process.

Like ancient artisans, I think of the act of drawing as a 'magic rite', a private ceremony that creates something from nothing. For me, from simple 'gesture sketches' to final detailed drawings, there is a state of mind, a sense of purpose, 'drawing' energies from a mysterious source. That sounds very mystical, but it reflects a practical method that works for me, and I'd like to share the results and the process.

I will explain the process that I work with to achieve my results. Though it will not be a tutorial, I will show step-by-step case histories for some of my drawings.

As a companion to my first book, I'd like to craft this book in the same size and format, 12"X 9" with a 96 page count—but this time only as a softcover, thus making it reasonably priced (just $25 plus shipping for KickStarter backers). To maintain that low price, the production budget only allows the interior pages to be imprinted with lovely black and white halftones, which represents the very foundation of drawing.

In order to make the financial goal, we will have to have at least 320 people pledge $25 each, with a book as a reward. To help reach the goal of $8000, which is what is needed to pay for layout, production, printing, rewards, shipping and fees, I'm also offering several reward levels, including the reward of a book with an affixed original drawing as a bookplate, customized with your name (examples near the bottom of this page). And of course, you can pledge for multiples or more than one reward.

Below are examples of my drawings, starting back when I was trained as a combat artist in the U.S. Army, and jumping around to various eras of my life, shown here in black & white because the book will be in b&w.

To see many more (color) examples of my work, please refer to my portfolio website: www.THBillustration.com  

On-site graphite drawing of U.S. Army deployment, October 1974
On-site graphite drawing of U.S. Army deployment, October 1974

 

Some drawings will have step-by-step explanations of process
Some drawings will have step-by-step explanations of process

 

Book cover concept drawing for a mystery novel
Book cover concept drawing for a mystery novel

 

Graphite sketch portrait of Edgar Rice Burroughs and his Cord auto
Graphite sketch portrait of Edgar Rice Burroughs and his Cord auto

 

Graphite rendering of Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes in WWII era
Graphite rendering of Basil Rathbone as Sherlock Holmes in WWII era

 

Pastel pencils and watercolor for costume design
Pastel pencils and watercolor for costume design

 

Sepia pencil study for Lorelei's Lament
Sepia pencil study for Lorelei's Lament

 

Graphite illustration for a museum exhibit of the Oregon Trail
Graphite illustration for a museum exhibit of the Oregon Trail

 

Portrait — watercolor and pastel rendering
Portrait — watercolor and pastel rendering

Color Print Reward

Since the interior of the book will be in black and white halftones, to help spice it up, those who pledge for the color print reward level will receive an 8.5"x 11" color print of my drawn interpretation of an Art Nouveau Beauty, limited and hand-signed, in a clear sleeve which will be inserted loose into the book. 

Bookplate Reward

Below are examples of the reward level of ORIGINAL ART bookplates, customized with YOUR name (I just put my name in as an example). You can pick from a subject list of: 

* Iconic Celebrities (actors, writers, artists, etc) 

* Animals (lions, tigers, bears, oh my! and others, such as peacocks, Japanese cranes, etc) (dinosaurs even!) 

* Image allegories (Art, Music, Science, Architecture, etc)

* Classic automobiles

* Something else you might want to run by me

Drawn especially for you, the 5.5"x 7.5" bookplates will be affixed to the first page of the book.

Any choice needs to be presented to me by message via KickStarter for final approval — no later than March 31, 2017. Past that deadline will make the choice totally up to me. You may message me earlier to discuss possibilities.

Example of custom ORIGINAL ART bookplate
Example of custom ORIGINAL ART bookplate

 

Another bookplate example. These would be ORIGINAL ART and lettering, customized just for YOU
Another bookplate example. These would be ORIGINAL ART and lettering, customized just for YOU

 

Perhaps you have a favorite animal that could grace your bookplate
Perhaps you have a favorite animal that could grace your bookplate

UPDATE REWARDS: Below are specific original art drawings available as pledge rewards. Look at the reward section for more details on these.

Original Art for Cover of Book, $1800 pledge reward
Original Art for Cover of Book, $1800 pledge reward

 

17"x 11" original color drawing, "Guinevere", for $450 pledge level
17"x 11" original color drawing, "Guinevere", for $450 pledge level

 

Original art available at the $125 pledge level, "Other Worlds"
Original art available at the $125 pledge level, "Other Worlds"

 

Original art available at the $450 pledge level, my dream casting of a young Ursula Andress as La of Opar, in a Tarzan movie never made
Original art available at the $450 pledge level, my dream casting of a young Ursula Andress as La of Opar, in a Tarzan movie never made

 

19"x13" original drawing for a $900 pledge level
19"x13" original drawing for a $900 pledge level

 

24x36" original art available at the $1800 pledge level, "Circus Comes to Town"
24x36" original art available at the $1800 pledge level, "Circus Comes to Town"

 

"Left Turn Signal", original graphite drawing —36"x 24",                                   $2500 pledge reward
"Left Turn Signal", original graphite drawing —36"x 24", $2500 pledge reward
   

Yay! This project HAS been successful!!!

Thank you to all who have pledged. I'm happy with the content of the book and I think you will be too! I will keep sending out updates regarding progress and I'll be sending a survey that will confirm what you have pledged for and asking for particulars where appropriate. Cheers!!!

Risks and challenges

Having had a successful KickStarter project for an art book has been a learning curve of what to do, what not to do. What I WON'T do is have the printing sourced outside the United States, because of the long time delays. I hope to have this book printed right here in Denver where I can do a press check in person and take personal delivery. Other than the risks of 'acts of God', I feel confident in the production process. I have most of the art in hand (I'm creating a few more pieces just for the book), but I DO need time for the writing process, sharing the ideas and techniques. I will need to clearly express what otherwise has become instinctual for me. The excitement of creating another book gives me ongoing bursts of energy that I think will show in the completed book.

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    A 'Good Luck" gesture

    A good will, good luck gesture on your part to help reach the goal and hopefully beyond! You will have the status of 'Backer of Great Faith', with a drawing jpeg sent via email confirming you as such!

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    The Book Itself

    A signed 96 page softcover 12" x 9" book, full-color covers, b&w interior pages, with your name acknowledged in the book.

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    Color print

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    2 Volume Set of Books

    A signed copy of Magic Rite of Drawing PLUS a signed softcover copy of the first art book, Faces.Figures.Fantasies.—The Art of Thomas Haller Buchanan PLUS the color print insert.

    If you want bookplates for the books, factor in another $90 for 1 bookplate, or $150 for 2 original art bookplates (each with your choice of subjects). Because of shipping weight, this combo is only available to ship in the U.S.

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    NEW REWARD! HARDCOVER EDITION

    A hardcover copy of the book, being a VERY limited edition, with a limited 8.5x11"color print loosely inserted, uniquely and specially created for this reward level.

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    Book + ORIGINAL DRAWING bookplate

    The signed book, PLUS a detailed ORIGINAL ONE-OF-A-KIND black and white DRAWING by THB, with a subject of your choice (see the bottom of the page for ideas) formatted as a 5.5"x 7.5" bookplate, customized with 'Ex Libris your name'. You can see a couple of samples near the bottom of this KickStarter page, along with a list of subject choices. If you choose this reward, you can pick your subject and indicate your name and I will draw it up and adhere it to the half-title page. PLUS an artist-signed full-color print (8.5" x 11") in a clear sleeve, loose-inserted into an otherwise b&w interior, and your name acknowledged in the book.

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    ORIGINAL ART — Other Worlds

    Graphite drawing used in Gallery show, Parallel Universe. See the drawing at toward the bottom of this page...oh and plus a softcover book

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    Hardcover with Original Interior Sketch

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    ORIGINAL ART — La of Opar

    Original art color drawing of an Edgar Rice Burroughs Tarzan character, La of Opar, 13x 19, with a softcover book. See it toward bottom of page

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    ORIGINAL ART — Another La of Opar

    Original drawing of my dream casting of the young Ursula Andress as La of Opar in a Tarzan movie never made. 13x 19"

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    Patron Level

    The book, 2 full-color limited (to 10 EVER) signed prints (uniquely exclusive to this level) of art nouveau beautiful women representing Art & Science, a COLOR original art bookplate, your name in the book and the satisfaction that you are helping an artist meet a creative need.

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    ORIGINAL ART of "Little Dragons"

    The original sepia toned art for one of the preliminary drawings in the book: "Little Dragons May Get Bigger", 12.5 x 14.75. See the art toward bottom of this page. Plus a book!

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    ORIGINAL ART—Super Race

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    ORIGINAL COLOR DRAWING

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    ORIGINAL COVER ART

    The ORIGINAL ART USED FOR THE COVER of The Magic Rite of Drawing. The uncropped, 16"X14" full art of the renaissance-style portrait, with the hand-drawn title lettering. I'm okay if you want to crop the page just to the portrait, otherwise I will hand sign my full name under the title art and personalize it if you want. You can see the uncropped art elsewhere on this page. PLUS a book!

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    ORIGINAL ART — Circus Comes to Town

    Large (24x 36") detailed graphite drawing of a flying circus careening above the streets of New York City. This drawing will be in the book and can be seen toward the bottom of this page. Plus a book, of course.

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    LARGE ORIGINAL DRAWING

    The very detailed LARGE original art graphite drawing shown at the bottom of this KS page of 'Left Turn Signal', that will be in the book. PLUS a signed book.

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