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A children's picture book inspired by dogs, friendship, and the idea that no shortcoming is without its strength.
A children's picture book inspired by dogs, friendship, and the idea that no shortcoming is without its strength.
A children's picture book inspired by dogs, friendship, and the idea that no shortcoming is without its strength.
170 backers pledged $8,687 to help bring this project to life.

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My name is Mauricio Abril and I am an artist and storyteller. For the past several years I have been creating artwork and short films that touch upon childhood, parenthood, magic, wonder and imagination. Before that I used to work in a biotech lab before switching careers after studying Illustration/Entertainment Design at the Art Center College of Design.

Some of my art that has been featured across the internet.
Some of my art that has been featured across the internet.

SMALL DOGS is my first children's book and was inspired by the idea that our differences can also be the source of our greatest strengths.

The story is told across 48 pages filled with lush and colorful illustrations that take you into the world of the three main characters. Together Seth the rambunctious Chihuahua, Chester the aspiring superhero Pug, and Winston the nerdy Dachshund learn to accept that being small is part of who they are.

I believe the best way to share this story with you is by publishing it as a full color 48 page 10x10" hardcover children's book

Sample copy printed from a local printer.
Sample copy printed from a local printer.

The quality of the printing and the book is essential to me as an artist but even more so for you to enjoy the book. As such I have researched various printing companies, and if I can raise $6000, I'd be able to print and distribute this book at the best quality possible.

With a story under 900 words told over 20 full color illustrations, SMALL DOGS would make a perfect addition to your children's book collection or even as an art book to show off your inner dog fan. Thank you for taking the time to consider this project, and I look forward to the opportunity to share it with you.

STRETCH GOAL #2

STRETCH GOAL #1

SMALL DOGS T-SHIRT

Sample Shirt Printed in Tri-Blend Fabric
Sample Shirt Printed in Tri-Blend Fabric

SINGLE PORTRAIT PACKAGE

Sample Single Portrait Illustrations
Sample Single Portrait Illustrations

DOUBLE PORTRAIT PACKAGE

Sample Double Portrait Illustration
Sample Double Portrait Illustration

FOREVER SMALL PACKAGE

Sample "Forever Small" sketches
Sample "Forever Small" sketches

MENTORSHIP PACKAGE

From Science to Art School to Professional
From Science to Art School to Professional

ULTIMATE SMALL DOG PACKAGE

Sample Illustration
Sample Illustration

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Risks and challenges

Since the majority of the groundwork has already been done, the biggest challenges to this project would probably come from the production process with the publisher. I have already talked with them about the specifications for my book, and so far they have assured me that there's nothing about my book that would potentially cause any unseen problems. Having researched them and their track record as well, I am confident that I'd be able to work any issues that do arise in a quick and timely manner to get the book printed.

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    FRIEND TO ALL DOGS:

    Set of (3) 5x7" Small Dogs postcards

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    SMALL DOGS SUPPORTER:

    Signed copy of SMALL DOGS book
    + Set of (3) 5x7" Small Dogs postcards

    Please add $25 for each additional copy
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    FASHIONABLY LOYAL PACKAGE:

    Small Dogs T-shirt
    Your Name in a special "Thank You" section
    + A signed copy of SMALL DOGS book
    + Set of (3) 5x7" Small Dogs postcards

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    ART LOVERS PACKAGE:

    Two (2) limited edition signed and numbered Small Dogs 11x17" prints
    + A signed copy of SMALL DOGS book
    + Set of (3) 5x7" Small Dogs postcards
    + Small Dogs T-shirt
    + Your NAME in the THANK YOU section of the book

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    MENTOR PACKAGE:

    Join me for a one hour creative session where I'm available to provide feedback on your art, projects or portfolio. Perfect for hobbyists, students, and young professionals. Sessions will be held one-on-one via Google Hangout
    + A signed copy of SMALL DOGS boo
    + Set of (3) 5x7" Small Dogs postcards
    + Small Dogs T-shirt
    + Your NAME in the THANK YOU section of the book

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    SINGLE PORTRAIT PACKAGE:

    Get your pet illustrated in a custom stylized color portrait (head + shoulders). You will receive a high resolution digital file along with a signed 8x10" print.
    + A signed copy of SMALL DOGS book
    + Set of (3) 5x7" Small Dogs postcards
    + Small Dogs T-shirt
    + Your NAME in the THANK YOU section of the book

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    DOUBLE PORTRAIT PACKAGE:

    You AND your pet will be illustrated in a custom stylized color portrait. Makes a great gift for any pet lover as well! You will receive a high resolution digital file along with a signed 8x10" print.
    + A signed copy of SMALL DOGS book
    + Set of (3) 5x7" Small Dogs postcards
    + Small Dogs T-shirt
    + Your NAME in the THANK YOU section of the book

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    Please add $75 for each additional pet/person
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    FOREVER SMALL PACKAGE:

    A custom black and white sketch of you and/or your pet will be printed in the book on an extra special Thank You page. You will also get a signed 8x10" print with the book, and a high resolution digital file will be emailed to you upon completion.
    + A signed copy of SMALL DOGS book
    + Set of (3) 5x7" Small Dogs postcards
    + Small Dogs T-shirt
    + Your NAME in the THANK YOU section of the book

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    DRAWING WORKSHOP PACKAGE:

    Meet with me for a one on one animal drawing session at the LA Zoo. I can go over anything from basic drawing tips for the casual beginner to in depth artistic critique for more advanced students. Please contact for more details.
    + A signed copy of SMALL DOGS book
    + Set of (3) 5x7" Small Dogs postcards
    + Small Dogs T-shirt
    + Your NAME in the THANK YOU section of the book

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    ULTIMATE SMALL DOG PACKAGE:

    You will get a full body, full environmental illustration of you and your pet. Can be based on your real life or can be based on imagination and fiction. Please inquire for more info.
    + 2 signed copies of SMALL DOGS book
    + Set of (3) 5x7" Small Dogs postcards
    + Small Dogs T-shirt
    + Two (2) limited edition signed and numbered Small Dogs 11x17" prints
    + Your NAME in the THANK YOU section of the book

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    Free shipping for US residents

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