With just a few hours to go, I am thrilled to see that my stretch goal of $15,000 has just been met! Thanks so very much to friends and fans who supported this art book project. It would not have happened without your support!
Anyone coming across this Kickstarter after it is over can find my book, GOLDEN DREAMS, The Art of Ruth Sanderson, offered for sale on my website in late November, 2013. Visit www.ruthsanderson.com. And Facebook fans will find posts of new artwork I create in the future at
I am currently working on a picture book called A CASLEFUL OF CATS, for any cat fans out there, to be published by Random House in 2015.
WHO AM I?
My name is Ruth Sanderson, and I've been working as a professional illustrator for over 35 years. I'm perhaps best known for my illustrated fairy tales, such as THE TWELVE DANCING PRINCESSES, CINDERELLA, GOLDILOCKS, and PAPA GATTO, to name a few.
My work has also appeared in magazines, on fantasy book covers, in advertising, on greeting cards, puzzles, and other products. You'll find my illustrations in a number of SPECTRUM and Society of Illustrator's annuals. I've been Artist Guest of Honor at the World Fantasy Convention, I'm a guest this summer at San Diego COMICON, and I have a 3-month solo show of 64 fairy tale paintings starting in November at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA..
WHAT AM I DOING?
My Kickstarter project is GOLDEN DREAMS, The Art of Ruth Sanderson, a 224-page full color 8.5"x11" hardcover art book that, with your help, I plan to self-publish in the late fall of 2013. I have been dreaming of doing a book collecting my work for years, and hope that this Kickstarter project will help make it finally happen!! The book will span my career as an illustrator and fine artist, reproducing both published and previously unpublished paintings, as well as showing my process. I will update here with a few preliminary spreads from the book, to show the design and content. Here is a sample spread from the NANCY DREW chapter, and one from the FANTASY chapter.
WHAT AM I OFFERING?
The pledge rewards of $45 and up are basically pre-orders of the book in order to help fund the printing costs. And as a reward for your pledge, there is free US shipping and all kinds of other "extras" if you kick in at higher pledge levels. And for smaller amounts, you get a thank-you card, signed bookplate, bookmark, or a PDF of the book. I am also offering an original, one-of-a-kind scratchboard art card reward for a very reasonable $60- that's an original collectible illustration for just an extra $15 above the cost of the book! I will only draw 200 of them. I am also offering original oil paintings along with the signed book for pledges of $350 and $500. Note: A few of these pledge levels are a little more than advertised on the brochure I made for the book, which was before I realized I could not add shipping in the US on top of the pledges, and so I had to factor in a bit extra.
Many people have asked about adding on things from other pledge levels, and I want to let you know that you have some options for adding on "extras" on top of your chosen pledge reward. So, if you want other "stuff," increase your dollar amount according to the detailed list below, and when you get the "survey" after the project ends, we will confirm with you your requested items!
If you have pledged $45 or above, and want to receive the PDF of the book, Golden Dreams, add on $10.
If you have pledged $45 or above, and you want 6 assorted greeting cards, a bookmark and a signed bookplate, add $15.
If you have pledged $45 or above, and you want a signed hardcover Twelve Dancing Princesses, add on $17 -I will be happy to personalize the book to the princess of your choice!
If you have pledged $45 or above, and want an original scratchboard Art Card, add on $25.
If you have pledged $45 or above and want an additional signed copy of the hardcover book, Golden Dreams, add $40.
If you have pledged $45 or above, and you want a Golden Wood 12x18 print, add on $60.
Below are the 8 scratchboard "types" for you to choose from. Yours will be a similar theme, but not identical, as each one is an original work of art. They will be signed on the back as well with my full signature.
1. Green Man with Bird
2. Queen of the Fey
3. Fey Man
4. Jungle Fey
5. Oak Green Man
6. Fey Girl
8. Tree Spirit
HOW WILL THE MONEY BE SPENT?
By joining me in this venture you will help me bridge the gap in the finances I need to make my art book, GOLDEN DREAMS, a reality. The actual production and printing cost for 1000 books will be closer to $15,000, as I need to hire help to scan my art and set up the book in INDESIGN. This estimate does not cover my time at all, and I estimate I will need to take around 2 months off from paying jobs to work on this, as I'm writing the text as well as figuring out the layout/book design. So, I am hoping to raise more than my Kickstarter goal of $7500, but wanted to be as conservative as I could be and still be able to produce the book. I will "kick-in" the rest of the money needed to produce the book, above and beyond what I receive from Kickstarter. If I raise more, I'll be able to print more books.
My heartfelt thanks to everyone, old fans, new fans, Kickstarter browsers, who have taken the time to look at my proposal. And for those of you willing to pledge, and also willing to spread the word about my project, I thank you, and thank you again. Without your support this will never happen.
I wish you all Golden Dreams!
Risks and challenges
I cannot control unforseen events, printer delays, health emergencies, acts of God, but I will do everything in my power to get the books printed and ready to ship by early December. I am no stranger to self-publishing, and I have a reliable printer lined up in Texas. I will inform everyone immediately if the books will be delayed for any reason.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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