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About this project

Hello from Las Vegas! My name is Greg Preston. Welcome to my “Artist Within: Book  2” Kickstarter campaign.

The Artist Within Book 2 is a book or portraits of Comic Book Artists, Cartoonists Animators and Illustrators.

The idea for this project came from an assignment I had when I was a student at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena where I met and had the chance to photograph animator, comic book artist and cartoonist Scott Shaw! I started working in earnest on the project a few years after graduation, and here we are today. Over the past 25 years I have photographed over 200 of these amazing artists.

With your support I am hoping to publish a new coffee table book of these portraits, complete with the bio's & art of the artists included. In this new edition I've included some quotes from each artist as well.

The list of artists includes the "Who's Who" of the Comic Book, Cartoon, and Animation fields and just for fun, some amazing illustrators & designers who have greatly influenced this genre- I think your gonna love it!

 Here are just a few of the artists photographed for this book:

Celia Calle
Celia Calle

 

Ron English
Ron English

 

Donato Giancola
Donato Giancola

 

Phil Hale
Phil Hale

 

Jeff Keane
Jeff Keane

 

Keith Knight
Keith Knight

 

John Lasseter
John Lasseter

 

Bobby London
Bobby London

 

Steve Rude
Steve Rude

 

Drew Struzan
Drew Struzan

 

Michael Whelan
Michael Whelan
    And over 100 more! The artists photographed so far:
    Jessica Abel • Brian Ajhar • Jason Shawn Alexander • Terry Austin • Derf Backderf • Chris Bailey • Hilary Barta • R.O. Blechman • Brian Bolland • Randy Bowen • Dan Brereton • Steve Brodner • Ivan Brunetti • Cellia Calle • Harry Carmean & Miriam Slater • Daryl Cagle • Mark Chiarello • Luke Chueh • Seymour Chwast, • Madison Clell  • Geof Darrow • Kim Deitch • Don (Duck) Edwing • Craig Elliott • Mark English • Ron English • Greg Evans • Bob Foster • Ramona Fradon • Kelly Freas and Laura Brodian Freas • Drew Friedman • Chad Frye • Scott Gandell • Donato Giancola • Dave Gibbons • Michael T. Gilbert • Basil Gogos • Gris Grimly • Sam Gross • Paul Gulacy • David Hahn • Phil Hale • Irwin Hasen • Carmine Infantino • Willie Ito • Al Jaffee • James Jean • Phil Jimenez • Dave Johnson • Ollie Johnson • Chuck Jones • Gil Kane • Glen Keane • Jeff Keane • Jay Kinney • Jack Kirby • Keith Knight • Scott Koblish • Adam Kubert • Andy Kubert • John Lasseter • Jae Lee • Steve Leialoha • Steve Leiber • Bobby London • Ross MacDonald • Matt Madden • Jim Mahfood • Steve McGarry • John Musker • Alex Nino • Floyd Norman • Patrick Oliphant • Dan Panosian • Stephan Pastis • Don Perlin • Mike Peters • Jose Pimenta • Dan Piraro • John Pound • Michael Ramirez • Ron Randall • Trina Robbins • Steve Rude • P Craig Russell • Chris Sanders • J.J. Sedelmaier • Bill Sienkiewicz • Stephen Silver • Joe Sinnott • Tom Sito • Jeff Smith • Mike Smith • Dan Spiegle • Steranko • Drew Struzan • Iwao Takamoto  • Ben Templesmith • Michael Whelan • Shannon Wheeler • Dave Willardson • Kent Williams • Al Williamson • William Wray • Dean Yeagle • Jack Ziegler. Stay tuned more to come!

Sample Page Layout: each artist will be represented on a double page spread that will include the photo, a small bio, a quote, a copy of the artists signature and a representative piece of art by that artist.

 

Book details: Hard cover, a minimum of 220 pages, 10 1/2 x 11 1/4 inches. B&W and Color. Currently, I have over 110 Artists and am hoping to photograph 10-12 more by the end of the year.

*Bonus for Book Pledge Kickstarter Supporters only. Each copy of the book comes with one free 8 x 10 bonus print featuring at random one of the following artists:
Carl Barks, Jack Kirby, Moebius, Alex Toth, or Dave Stevens, Check them out:

Carl Barks
Carl Barks

 

Jack Kirby
Jack Kirby

 

Moebius
Moebius

 

Alex Toth
Alex Toth

 

Dave Stevens
Dave Stevens

Costs and Stretch Goals: As you might imagine, the costs involved in a book of this scope are quite high. From airfare, assistants, lodging & meals, rental vehicles, etc., to the book's publication costs, including editing and design from our book support crew, the accumulative numbers have been great. The production and mailing costs alone are at least $26,000- that's our minimum to bring this to life. Should we gain your support, we will look into increasing the value of the book by upgrading the binding, paper, increasing the dimensions and page count, adding a few more artists, and doing everything we can to make this as gorgeous as possible through stretch goals. Should we have the good fortune to be in the position to do so, these stretch goals will be announced as the campaign progresses.

Michael Dooley- Author and Professor of Comics and Animation History on book 2:

"Greg Preston has diligently and passionately devoted decades of his life to seeking out and documenting the most significant professionals in the fields of animation, comic books and strips, graphic novels, and political cartoons. His "The Artist Within" is a publishing milestone, unsurpassed in providing us with a unique appreciation and admiration for the giants of graphic narrative.

And now we all have the potential for a second volume, one that builds and expands on the accomplishments of the first. I've seen the original prints, and they’re even more stunning and essential. This book absolutely must be published. It’s simply that important."

Occasionally asked question:
This is the Artist Within Book 2, what happened to book 1?

In 2007, 101 of my photos were published by Dark Horse Comics as a deluxe coffee table book, "The Artist Within". This book was very successful and has sold out two printings, as well as been honored in industry awards.

Book 1
Book 1

The cover price once the Kickstarter is over will be $50.00.

If you are a fan of comics, comic art, animation, and illustration you are gonna love this book!

Thank you for your consideration.

Please check out my page on facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/artistwithinbook2/

 

Risks and challenges

I've been a professional commercial photographer for almost 30 years, Making and meeting deadlines is a huge part of the job, and at our studio we have a great reputation of doing just that. Because of the depth and breadth of this type of project, I felt like it was important to have the majority of the photography completed before bringing the project to Kickstarter. If funded the remaining photography and the extra bios, art etc, should be finished before the end of the year, and to the printer shortly after that. While I don't expect any problems, should any problems arise, I will be very forthcoming in updates, and solve any issues very quickly.

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    Signed Portrait Print

    SIGNED PORTRAIT PRINT: Receive one 8 x 10 inch photography portrait print of your choice of either Carl Barks, Jack Kirby, Moebius, Alex Toth or Dave Stevens. This print comes signed by Greg Preston. Plus, free shipping is included in the U.S.

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    Artist Within 2 Pack

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    Copy of book 2 + Signed print from book

    You will receive a copy of "The Artist Within" Book 2, and a 8 x 10 portrait print of one of portraits from book 2, artist of your choice printed on 300gsm fine art paper, this print comes signed by Greg Preston. Shipping free to anywhere in the continental U.S.

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    You will receive a copy of "The Artist Within" Book 2, and a 13x19 portrait print of one of portraits from book 2, artist of your choice printed on 300gsm fine art paper, this print comes signed by Greg Preston. Shipping free to anywhere in the continental U.S.

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    Get a Signed book and a Portrait.

    Need a portrait taken? You'll receive a copy of the Artist Within: Book 2 with signed print, shipped to you, plus the next time you plan a trip to Las Vegas, let us know when you'll be here and we'll book an portrait sitting and lunch in our studio for you and a guest! You'll receive a disc or thumb drive with all your photos, and your name will appear in the thank you section of the book!

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    11x8.5 Print portfolio of all the Images

    You'll will receive a special 11"x 8.5" fine art print portfolio, printed on 300gsm photo paper of each of the photographs included in the book (approx. 125), in a special hand made portfolio box, with the first print signed by the photographer. You will also receive a copy of the book with bonus print signed by the photographer, and your name will be included in the thank you section of the book.

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    19 x13 Print portfolio of all the Images

    You'll will receive a special 19x13 fine art print portfolio, printed on 300gsm photo paper of each the photographs included in the book, in a special hand made portfolio box, with the first print signed by the photographer. You will also receive a copy of the book with bonus print signed by the photographer, and your name will be included in the thank you section of the book.

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    Sponsor an artist to be in the book

    I and an assistant will fly anywhere in the continental U.S to photograph an *artist of your choice, to be included in this book, (providing your artist will agree to be photographed and to be included in the book.)
    *There are definitely some caveats here: Your artist must be a Professional Artist in the Comic Book, Cartooning, Animation or Illustration fields
    and have been a professional for at least a few years. Please contact me to confirm before pledging. The sponsors name will be included in a thank you on the artists page. Also You will receive a special , signed copy of the book in a handmade slipcase.

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