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