About this project
The Last Day!
It's the last day. Tell a friend! Hit LIKE, tweet it! This is our last chance to hit some stretch goals!
It's been really fun- thanks to everyone who's been involved so far! It's time for stretch goals. As the goal is quite humble the stretch goals are going to quite extreme in comparison but let's give it a go!
As the Ragnarok artwork for the huge print has been unlocked and it's going to be featuring a pretty epic battle, why not get it into the book? At this goal, it goes in. Fimbul-winter's coming!
All the Viking versions of the book get a slip case. The higher tier version of the book includes a card template to create a 3D cut-out character from the book.
Every version of the book includes a card template to create a 3D cut-out character from the book. The higher tier version of the book gets a set of stickers.
Each book includes a set of yummy stickers! The higher tier book gets extra bookmarks. Later on as the project progresses all backers get to vote on a choice of 3 covers. The book ships a month earlier.
This is where it gets really exciting! Nine from Nine The Movie. I've uploaded a very rough proof of concept animation at the top of the page. After all the book artwork is complete I create an animated film. Every backer gets their name in the credits. If one or more people go for the producer reward they get credited as the producer. If, say three people would like to share the £3000 Producer reward then we can arrange that and those 3 would have their names together as the producers.
This would unlock a low priced add-on reward to get hold of the boxed DVD and film poster. Those that have pledged £100 or more will get this free.
All those that have pledged for the book or above get the DVD and poster free. The book ships another month earlier.
Here are some screens from the test animation. Odin stabs himself with his spear and dies on the world tree to roam the underworld for knowledge.
Nine from Nine will be an illustrated book of a Viking Age poem. It's a visual account of the Norse god Odin’s eighteen magical songs.
Nine from Nine will be a beautiful book that presents the rich subject matter in a clean and accessible way.
There are two Icelandic manuscripts that contain the oldest written records of Norse mythology. They are called the Younger and Elder Eddas. The poem is called Ljóðatal and is a small section of the Elder Edda.
The stories, verses and sayings contained within the Eddas are an incredible source of information about the lives and beliefs of the Vikings. This is the source material that informed the work of Tolkien and others.
For an illustrator, nine worlds inhabited by gods, giants and trolls is just too exciting to pass up!
The book will be Hardback. Approximately 17cm x 20cm (6.5" x 8") and 40 pages. Each verse of the poem will have 1 to 3 full-page illustrations. There will be a section at the end of the book explaining each verse and some information about it's illustration.
The father of the gods, Odin is obsessed with acquiring arcane knowledge. So much so that he has previously given up one of his eyes in exchange for a chance to make use of Mimir’s well of knowledge.
At the start of this poem, we meet the now one-eyed Odin hanging on the world tree, Yggdrasill.
Odin stabs himself with his spear, sacrificing himself to himself. Now dead and in the underworld he acquires knowledge of nine songs (these are like charms or spells) from a big, scary giant.
Odin is then re-born, wiser and inspired. He is able to create a new song from each of the nine taught to him. A verse is then dedicated to a description of the powerful magical effects of each song.
You've probably already noticed that whenever possible I've used the original Old Norse words. Sometimes it's good to mix things up. I'm attempting to make something incredibly old more accessible but I don't want to change the original ideas or the translation unless I really have to. This will hopefully produce a much richer experience for the reader.
I have based my text on an out of copyright translation by Benjamin Thorpe. This translation is one of the more faithful to the original structure and wording of the poem.
When designers use type they often use a grid to space out the text so that each heading and paragraph has a visual relationship. This grid will often relate to the size of the page so that all the elements lock together.
These illustrations are placed on one of these grids but they are also drawn in relation to the grid. It's all part of a contemporary visual debate about how painting meets graphics, especially when using a computer to produce work.
The book features cool stuff like trolls and giants though, so let's not worry about that too much.
The colours are chosen to describe specific settings and also the cold muggy light of Iceland. I'm obsessed with colour so I'll be spending way too much time on that.
Some of the illustrations will develop as the project progresses.
Red is used for blood and to signify a link to Niflheim, the land of the dead. If someone has red eyes they really are actually dead. Scary stuff.
I'm currently getting a translation into Old Norse and then into Younger Futhark runes for two lines that will feature within the book. There will be a strap-line, 'The Best of Books' which echoes a line from a saga where the loss of a hero's shield is lamented: '...the best of shields'. The second use of runes will be to honour the friends, family and community (that's you!) that have helped with the project: 'We Made This'. You can't complete an ambitious, complex project like this on your own. 'We Made This' acknowledges your contribution to NIne from Nine.
Should I keep those two lines of runes secret so that only we know the meaning? Let me know what you think!
The illustrations will depict some nudity and violence, as befits the subject matter. Also included: trolls, giants, eight-legged horses and zombie Vikings.
I've been working on this project for over a year now. I've been sketching on the train journey into work and then working up these drawings on a computer at home at the weekends. But I'm making good progress-It's about half way through.
I have just finished an indiegogo campaign that had a great response from friends and family but didn't reach a very wide audience.
If I can reach the goal I can produce a decent print run of the book, get an ISBN number, produce a dedicated website and start thinking about future editions, possibly on Amazon. This is also the opportunity to produce some yummy prints!
If I Achieve the Goal
The wallpapers and prints will be shipped as soon as possible after the campaign ends. Exciting!
I'll be able to produce a decent print run of the book. I'd like to ship the book this time next year. I've completed most of the research and I am about half way through the illustrations.
If I can go beyond the goal I can dedicated more time to the project and bring the shipping date forward as well as more goodies I'll announce if it looks like that might be the case. Fingers crossed!
If you'd like to see some other rewards then let me know.
Ragnarok artwork and print reward unlocked! If the goal succeeds this is going to be very exciting to work on and just mind-blowing to see the huge print!
I've added a reward that if selected by an amazingly generous backer would mean that I'd animate the book! If this reward is backed then this work would take place after the book ships. This generosity would enable a digital version and a DVD of the animated film to then be available to backers.
If I Don't Achieve the Goal
All pledges are cancelled. I produce a handful of books for friends and family.
All shown as square artworks for the RAVEN and FENRIR rewards. More will be available as the project progresses! The print artworks are usually a simplified, bolder version of the book illustrations.
A. Zomboid. This guy seems to be the project mascot. He's used on the cover and is from an illustration called The Dead will Walk and Talk with Me. In contrast to the other carefully chosen titles, in my head he's called Zomboid or The Custard Zombie :-)
B. Dwarf Song (from Before Dawn's Gates illustration). I've had one of these printed and it looks great!
C. Turned to Stone (from Before Dawn's Gates illustration)
D. Giant Songs (from Mighty Songs Nine illustration)
E. Amid the Host. There will be a second version of this with Odin catching an arrow.
F. Nine Long Nights. Day One.
G. Nine Long Nights. Day Four.
H. Nine Long Nights. Day Nine.
I. Troll Charms (from Troll Wives illustration)
J. Fenrir (not featured within the book)
K. The First is Called Help. (Version 1)
L. The First is Called Help. (Version 2)
M. Hugninn (Thought)
N. Muninn (Memory)
My name's Guy. I'm a freelance designer with 20 years experience in illustration, animation and print. I have a soft spot for tea and biscuits.
Thanks for taking the time to check out the campaign. If you like the work it'd be great if you could spread the word- tweet it, like it, tell your friends! Go on, you know you want to.
If you have any questions, ask away.
Check the updates link at the top of the page for ongoing announcements.
Thanks for checking out the campaign!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge is the physical design and printing of the book to meet my own and the backers expectations. Luckily I work with tricky print work every week so I will be able to deal with this. I have already produced one print which was fantastic quality so i'm very confident about moving forward.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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