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An artist who has a passion for intriguing people has created an art book of intriguing character study drawings.
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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:

This is the design I envision for the hardback cover.
This is the design I envision for the hardback cover.

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!

In my studio, chained to my easel...
In my studio, chained to my easel...

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.

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    A hearty thank you for helping! Every dollar counts! Everyone from this level up will get an emailed drawing to confirm your fulfilled pledge.

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    A signed hardcover book, and a limited signed print of a drawing, suitable for framing, shipped with the book, plus warm acknowledgement on a page in the book.

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    A limited slipcased hardcover edition with a unique cover plate on book and slipcase and a special art page signed and numbered (25 additional limited edition books of this sort are placed with the $300 level coupled with original art). And, of course, warm acknowledgement on a page in the book.

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    RETAILER BACKER. This level is for retailers interested in supporting the project. You will receive 10 copies of the softcover trade edition at a wholesale rate plus a store promo poster. A copy of your reseller's license and tax ID number will be required prior to shipping of product. And shipping is free!

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    A limited slipcased signed hardcover book, with an one-of-a-kind ORIGINAL charcoal sketch (used in preparation of a piece in the book) shipped with the book, and warm acknowledgement on a page in the book.

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    An original portrait of the person of your choice (family, your significant other, a cultural icon, or don't be shy—even yourself) created with a tinge of fantasy, to be included in the actual printing of the book (for best results, a posing session in Denver is included, or you can fly me in for a few hours to wherever you're at) (or I can handle the cultural icon), a slipcased hardcover book with a unique tipped-in plate, the original portrait drawing shipped to you and of course warm acknowledgement on a page in the book.

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    Be a co-star with a movie legend! I'm creating some completely new and original movie posters of golden age movies of the 30s & 40s for the book. I will put you or your loved one into the image as a co-star. Not some goofy pasted in face, but fully and seriously integrated into the poster and with your name in the credits as a co-star. Imagine you and Astaire, or you and Bogart, or you and Betty Grable, or you and Laurel & Hardy. If you have this as a fulfilled pledge, we can coordinate the best way to get the best results. Take a look at the Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar poster on this site as an example, with Martine as the co-star. Plus you get the slipcased hardcover signed copy with a unique tipped in plate.

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    The original art and sketches that the cover is based on, a personalized slipcased hardcover copy of the book, acknowledgement in the book and my deepest gratitude

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