My name is Thomas Buchanan. I'm a commissioned artist. I've drawn and painted for a living for over 40 years now and I'm still going strong.
People are my favorite subjects to draw and paint. My studio partner calls them 'people skills', as I've been passionately creating portrait studies for many years.
My work has been published many times over the years, but never have I had a published collection of my best work.
Over the past couple of years I've thrown myself into creating a body of work—studies of remarkable people who have caught my fancy, and I want to share them in the form of a beautiful book. The book would also include some of my thoughts about art and people, the challenges and fun of working from old photos and movies, and demonstrate some of the process I use to capture the essence of what I love about people. In all my art studies, I try to emphasize the visual aspect of humanism.
Faces. Figures. Fantasies. That's what I want this book to be about. I include 'fantasies' because I like to elevate people above the mundane, to portray them in ways that transcend the ordinary day-to-day of our lives. Many of the works have a fantasy element with unique and lovely background art in collaboration with my studio partner, Willa Haller. There will be a section that elaborates on that process.
The book's contents are mostly finished and storyboarded for page layouts. The funds that are raised would pay for printing and shipping costs and associated fees (and all that adds up to a lot of money).
Right now the book is planned for 96 pages, 12" X 9", both softcover and hardcover. If stretch goals become possible, I would like to add 16 or 32 pages, as I have so many more drawings that I would love to include.
And just so you won't be taken by surprise, I'm letting you know that, in the tradition of 500 years of art, there is some nudity artistically portrayed in the book.
I will post ongoing updates of the project (and more artwork) on this FaceBook link: The Art of Thomas Haller Buchanan.
Below are just a few sample images intended for the book:
Much of my work has been shared via the internet, but there have been a lot of requests to see the work in a quality printed form. A digital image of art is to be filed in a folder. A book of art is to be treasured on a shelf.
This book is not meant to be a wrap-up of my career, but rather a launch of better and better work yet to come.
Thank you for whatever pledge you may make, and I hope this book will soon be part of your art library!
Risks and challenges
With printing projects, there are always risks of deadlines not being met, quality standards not being met, shipping going out of control. But with project organization and decades of experience I have with printing projects, those risks are at a minimum.
The biggest risk in a printing project (in my view), is trying to cut corners because of working with too small of a budget. That's why this campaign needs as much as it's asking for, to make sure of a quality product.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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