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I'm looking for your help to craft a tale steeped in fantasy and adventure yet undercut with the issues we find all around us
I'm looking for your help to craft a tale steeped in fantasy and adventure yet undercut with the issues we find all around us
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City Of Broken Steel & Home illustrations
City Of Broken Steel & Home illustrations

Hi, my name is Joe and first of all, thank you for clicking on my campaign! 

I've had a passion for drawing for years and have been creating for a while now but for a long time I've always wanted to create a story using my illustrations to weave a world that anyone can get lost in, both young and old. 

Ni and Scratch, Illustration
Ni and Scratch, Illustration

Story

The story revolves around a kid called Ni, set a few hundred years after the fall of the Old World, our current world, this new generation of people have developed far faster and within this short period of time have already industrialised to a critical level, to the point where the forests have almost been entirely destroyed. We follow Ni and loyal friend Scratch the fox, in one of the last tribes trying to defend the forest, these tribes are much like those untouched by man, they live minimalist, attuned with the forest, helping creatures injured by the industrialist movements through the forests as they reap the forests for fuel. But as the industrialists set their sights one of the last areas of forest, Ni and the tribe must defend their home, this requires Ni to journey into the depths of the industrialists Capital City “Steelforge” to find answers on an old world defense system that could protect the forest. On this journey Ni encounters both relics of the old world and the dangers of the new. The style of the story is based on loose sketch drawings with both watercolour and digital colouring to create vibrant and enticing pieces.

The Old World, Illustration
The Old World, Illustration
King of the Mountain & Old Town Illustrations
King of the Mountain & Old Town Illustrations

Inspiration

My childhood has been a large inspiration for this, getting lost in endless fantasy novels, in particular Lord of the rings, and the wonders of the Ghibli universe, the beauty of those animations really stuck with me. One of my main inspirations was reading with my little brother, we have 18 years difference in age (he's 7) yet I loved reading the beautifully illustrated stories he had and often getting more into them than he was, and now he will be my harshest critic.

Relic, Illustration
Relic, Illustration

The style is based on a mixture of fantasy, steampunk and sci fi to create distinctions between the tribes of the forest, the industrialists of the new world and the old world technology. So first disclaimer, this story is not finished, in fact there is a way to go, this will be one story in 3 parts, fully illustrated which will come to around 30-40 detailed illustrations. 

Don’t run away just yet, I thought it would be interesting to have the people who support this project to be involved in its development, with constant updates on the progress and first viewings of the story so far to get thoughts and feedback so you can see the process of this story and have a say in how you think its developing and if its what you envisaged if you decided to support it. This Kickstarter will not be the final book but you will be supporting the creation of this story and you will have a direct involvement in its development. The final book will be a part of a second campaign to fund the publishing costs, I've previously published a colouring book so have some experience in this area (which you can find on my website) and if you support both this campaign and the final book printing campaign you will receive an additional print to say thank you for your awesome support!

Whale riders, Illustration
Whale riders, Illustration

Where does your money go?

I am currently studying and therefore do not have huge financial support but this story has been in my head for years and I’m desperate to get it out there, hence why I’m asking for your support. Your support will go towards supplies so I can create this story and will allow me to dedicate my full attention to the book, being the cliche struggling artist, your support will go a long way in allowing me to support myself with art supplies and food whilst I create this book.

Time, Illustration
Time, Illustration

Rewards

Onto rewards, you can have a direct influence in this story, I’m offering a limited reward for you to become a character in the story, I have several major characters that can be personalized with your face as that character, if you choose this option we will discuss your character, who you will become, and I will draw and paint a full A4 portrait of you as the character to get the personalization just right. As well as this reward there are many others, including original paintings from the book, prints of the artwork and sketches and your own original A5 sketch of a steampunk mech from this world.

Escape, Illustration
Escape, Illustration

I just want to say a big thank you for checking out this campaign and reading this far through it, even if you don't fancy supporting the project any feedback would be great and you can message me here or email me at shenj010 at gmail.com. Please have a look around the campaign page at the illustrations and sketches available and do get in touch with any feedback, thank you!

Tame, Illustration
Tame, Illustration
These Old Hands, Illustration
These Old Hands, Illustration
Mechanical Monstrosity
Mechanical Monstrosity
Steampunk Mech Sketches
Steampunk Mech Sketches

Risks and challenges

The main risks of this campaign will largely come with postage, particularly overseas, if items are lost or damaged, particularly prints, I will send new prints if evidence is given of the damage from the postage delivery or evidence that it did not show up at all. Other than that I think this should be nice and simple!

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    Mini Mech

    An A6 (105x148mm) postcard sized high quality, Giclee fine art print of a Steampunk mech from a selection of my mech drawings which can be selected at the end of the campaign.

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    Mechanical Monstrosity

    An A5 (210x150mm) high quality, signed Giclee fine art print of a Mechanical steampunk machine that terrorise the world within my story, you can select your favourite at the end of the campaign from an expansive list.

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    Scholar

    An A4 (297x210mm) high quality and colourful, Giclee signed fine art print of one of the illustrated pages from the book which can be selected from the selection on the campaign page.

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    Original Mechanical Monstrosity

    An A5 (210x150mm) Original drawing of a your own custom mechanical monstrosity! Give me your creature and I'll turn it into a steampunk mech. This will be signed by myself, drawn in ink on fine art, acid free paper.

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    Home (Original Illustration)

    An original illustrated page from the book itself! These are the original A4 (210x297mm) ink and watercolour pages.

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    Mountain King (Original illustration)

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    These Old Hands (Original)

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    Tame (Original Illustration)

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    Escape (Original illustration)

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    Time (Original Illustration)

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    Whale riders (original illustration)

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    City of Broken Steel (Original)

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    Old Town (Original Illustration)

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    The Old World (Original)

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    Personal Illustration!

    Thank you for your support! For this you will receive your own personal watercolour illustration in the style of the book, we can discuss a theme for the painting together and I will create something unique just for you! This will be an A4 (210x297mm) piece on high quality watercolour paper.

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    Become a part of the Story!

    Wow! I really appreciate your passion for this tale, together we will develop a character into whoever you want them to be, even yourself! And with this I will create a full A4 ink and watercolour personalised illustration of the character you create to be in the story.

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