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101 Drawings of Nelson Mandela

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Back in 1983, I became fascinated and moved by the story of Nelson Mandela.  His long term human rights struggle and political imprisonment showed his courage and impassioned commitment to freedom, and inspired me to create a series of drawings of the man.

Now some 30 years later, I want to create a new series of 101 drawings of Mandela as a way to explore the meditative and focused nature of this man's brilliant path from rebel prisoner to world leader.

I hope you can join me in this celebration of Nelson Mandela!

I will begin this journey shortly after successful funding, and complete the 101 drawings of Mandela in 30 days.  Funds will be used to cover costs of art supplies, mailing materials, printing, and rewards delivery.

My project video illustrates how I currently use line and gesture to capture what I see and experience.  This will be my basic technical approach to this project...the music of what happens!

Thanks in advance for your collaboration on this project! - Vincent

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    A personal thank you note on a glossy postcard of my 1983 portrait of Nelson Mandela!

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    A blank 5.5"x4.25" notecard matte print of original 1983 portrait of Nelson Mandela! Envelope included! Plus glossy Mandela postcard!

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    An original 11"x14" charcoal drawing on paper from the Mandela 101 project! Plus glossy Mandela postcard and notecard!

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    An original 18"x24" charcoal drawing on paper from the Mandela 101 project! Plus glossy Mandela postcard and notecard!

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    A personal one on one portrait session with me at a local Austin café! I will do 5 original charcoal drawings of you on 11"x14" paper! Plus you receive 5 glossy Mandela postcards and notecards! Pledgee must cover their own travel expenses to Austin...but I'll buy the coffee! Valid thru 2013.

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