Art of Cycling: 100th Giro d'Italia
The story of the 100th Giro d'Italia told through live ink and watercolor paintings the additon of my wriiting, covering all 21 stages
"Art of Cycling: The 100th Giro d'Italia" will be a collection of my small watercolor and ink paintings from the 2017 Giro d'Italia completed as the race unfolds on my television screen and showing what I believe to be the key moments of each stage. You'll understand my reasoning as each picture is annotated with my interpretation of what's happening and its importance in this high moving game of chess on wheels. I love to work this way because, as I paint, the story’s conclusion is unknown and, the significance of what I record, unclear until the winner triumphantly crosses the finish line. Cycling’s an unpredictable sport and I love to capture and convey its intensity. Each of the Giro's 21 stages will form a separate chapter in the book and tell the story of the 100th Giro with bold strokes and washes of color as I capture the key moves, lung-searing attacks and counter-attacks, adrenaline-rushing descents, heart-breaking crashes, set amid the glorious landscapes of Sardinia, Sicily, and mainland Italy. It's truly a tale worth telling visually. Technical Details of "Art of Cycling: The 100th Giro d'Italia" A hard cover 11 inch by 8 1/2 inch approximately 240 page book printed in the United States.
Recognizing that the amount of time I spent watching bike racing impinged on the time I could devote to painting, my wife suggested I combine the two – a stroke of genius! The 2012 Tour de France was my maiden Grand Tour and I’ve been painting, posting and selling my post-card sized original watercolor and ink works of WorldTour races via my website ever since. You can see earlier examples of my work at www.theartofcycling.blogspot.com where I’ve covered other Grand Tours, such as the Tour de France, and a number of major WorldTour races. The Art of Cycling project will be a culmination of all of the cycling work I have created to date. And will reflect all that I have learned creating my two previous cycling art books, "Book du Tour: Art of the 101st Tour de France" funded through Kickstarter and "Art of Cycling: Richmond 2015 UCI Road World Championships" which was produced in collaboration with the Richmond Times Dispatch.
Author and artist: Greig Leach, a professional artist for over 30 years whose work has been exhibited in US, sold around the globe and hangs in international public, private and corporate collections. I’m was the official artist for 2015 UCI Road World Championships, Richmond. I’ll be working closely on the project with the following people who are charged with bringing my dream to life and who all share either my passion for art and/or cycling.
Muse: My wife, actress Bridget Gethins, all my best ideas are really her's!
Publisher: Richmond, Virginia based Dementi Milestone Publishing, http://www.dementimilestonepublishing.com; a local (to me) family-owned company that specializes in lovingly crafting pictorial coffee-table books including “On Richmond’s Wheel” a historical tale about cycling in our home town.
Graphic Designer: Amy Mendelson Cheeley at Amy Mendelson Design.
Editor: Sheree Whatley, a serial blogger whom I first met when she interviewed me for VeloVoices, http://velovoices.com/2014/02/14/the-big-picture-artist-greig-leach/. She’s based, like many professional riders, in the South of France.
$ 1,500 Art creation materials and race coverage access
$ 410 Rewards fabrication (outside of the “Book de Tour” )
$ 3,675 Foreign & Domestic shipping
$ 250 Shipping materials
$ 2,500 Graphic Designer's fee
$ 3,000 Editor's fee
$ 1,979 Professional fees
$ 9,486 Printing and binding services
$ 980 Channel Positioning cost
$ 23,780 Total funding needed to bring this project to life
The Starting Line $1
A Flat Stage $10
Winning a Flat Stage $30
Winning an Individual Time Trial $40
Winning a Mountain Stage $100
Winning a Mountain Top Finish $250
Maglia Bianca $500
(This is Vincenzo Nibali's signature in my first book from the 2014 Tour de France - If you don't remember, he took home the win that year. I offer this photograph as verification that this reward is valid.)
Maglia Rosso $1,000
Maglia Azzurra $2,000
Maglia Rosa $4,000
And here is a little teaser video that ran on BBC Sports during the 2015 UCI Road World Championships in Richmond, Virginia.
Risks and challenges
All endeavors, even life itself, come with risks. But, barring accident or illness, I am confident in my ability to create the necessary quality artwork and accompanying text based on my previous experience with earlier Grand Tours and the completion of two books of art and cycling. With my first Kickstarter project, I was able to deliver within a week of my promised date despite having been hopitalized for six days (and months of recovery) after having been hit by a pick-up truck while out for a bike ride. I have the support of a great team but we all recognize that our greatest risk lies on the production side. Our clear goal is to have the book available to ship to you, my backers, and in the stores by early September. Yes, it’s an ambitious deadline but one with which my publisher is familiar. The artwork and first draft of the narrative will be completed shortly after the official presentation of the winner of the 2017 Giro d'Italia in Milan.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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