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This children's picture book follows a bison named Charley and his sprite friends through the seasons in Yellowstone National Park.
This children's picture book follows a bison named Charley and his sprite friends through the seasons in Yellowstone National Park.
This children's picture book follows a bison named Charley and his sprite friends through the seasons in Yellowstone National Park.
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The story 

Charley is a bison that lives in Yellowstone National Park. This story follows him and his little sprite friends through the seasons in the Park. This 40-page 8x10 full color picture book is the first of a series of children’s books that I’m planning on doing about animals in their National Park habitats.

The story is simple and humorous and is geared towards 3-6 year olds. My hope is to provide a whimsical yet educational take on bison in Yellowstone to help kids become interested in the park and wildlife that lives there.

Progress

The book has been fully written, illustrated and formatted for hardback and ebook. I have selected the printers for the book and each of the reward items. The files for the book and rewards are ready to send to the printers if we reach our Kickstarter goal.

The art 

I typically paint with acrylic on various types of wood. For this book I used the same medium, creating the illustrations with acrylic paint on oak panels. I like the texture of painting on wood and it allows for interesting areas where the wood grain can show through on the painting.

As a final step in the illustration process, I drew all of the lettering for an added hand rendered and whimsical look.

The inspiration 

About 10 years ago, a friend of mine sent me some of her vacation photos of bison in Yellowstone National Park as inspiration for my paintings. I just loved the photos of these animals. They were so majestic set against this beautiful landscape. I immediately started painting from these pictures and created several paintings for art shows.

Then a few years ago, my husband and I took our first trip to Yellowstone together. We were so inspired by the beauty of the park and it’s wildlife. We spent many hours in the car watching birds, elk, moose, bears and the amazing bison herds. It was incredible to see the bison in person.

During this same time period, we traveled to many other National Parks in the western United States. And I became inspired to create a picture book series to showcase these amazing places and the animals that live in them.

And about those sprites… When I’d go hiking as a kid, I always liked to pretend that little invisible fairies or sprites lived out in nature, hiding amongst the moss and ferns. So I thought it would be fun to add these tiny fantasy characters to the story for a little added silliness.

The rewards

$10 and up DIGITAL BOOK – Epub and PDF versions of book.

$25 and up ($20 Early Bird) HARDBACK BOOK – Signed hardback book with limited edition Kickstarter foil stamp on dust jacket. Plus Epub and PDF versions of book.

$55 and up ($50 Early Bird) POSTCARD SET – Two books plus four 6x4 postcards. Plus Epub and PDF versions of book.

$85 and up COLORING BOOK + STICKERS – Everything at $55 ($50 Early bird) level plus 20 digital downloadable coloring pages featuring Charley the bison and other Yellowstone characters and scenes. Plus a 5x7 printed sticker sheet featuring 12 character stickers.

$150 and up ART PRINTS – Everything at $85 level plus two 8x10 limited edition, signed and numbered archival quality prints.

$250 and up WOOD BLOCK PAINTING – Everything at $150 level plus small original painting on wood in Charley theme. Painting will be roughly 4x5 in size (wood block sizes vary).

$500 and up COMMISSIONED 16x10 PAINTING – Everything at $250 level plus a commissioned painting. You provide me with your preferred subject matter and color palette.

$1000 and up [A] PAINTING FROM BOOK + YOUR NAME IN BOOK – Everything at $500 level plus the original "Stinky Hydrothermal Pools" painting that is featured in the book. Plus a special "thank you" to you in the book.

$1000 and up [B] PAINTING FROM BOOK + YOUR NAME IN BOOK – Everything at $500 level plus the original "Eating Bark" painting that is featured in the book. Plus a special "thank you" to you in the book.

$1000 and up [C] PAINTING FROM BOOK + YOUR NAME IN BOOK – Everything at $500 level plus the original "Woodland Creatures" painting that is featured in the book. Plus a special "thank you" to you in the book.

Kickstarter funds

The funds primarily go towards the cost of printing the books. Additional costs for the project include: creating the video, printing the rewards, purchasing ISBNs, proofing and copyrighting.

Risks and challenges

The main risk would be if there is a delay in the shipment of the books due to overseas transit. I have checked with the print vendor and the printing and shipping process typically takes 10-12 weeks. So we should be able to hit the July due date.

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    TWO BOOKS + POSTCARDS (EARLY BIRD) – Two signed hardcover books with limited edition Kickstarter foil stamp on dust jacket. Plus ebook in PDF and ePub formats. Plus Charley themed postcard set featuring four illustrations from book.

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    COLORING BOOK + STICKERS – Everything at $55 ($50 Early bird) level plus 20-page Charley themed coloring book as digital download PDF. Plus a printed 5x7 sticker sheet with 12 round character stickers.

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    ART PRINTS – Everything at $85 level plus two Charley themed 8x10 signed and numbered, limited edition, archival quality art prints.

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    WOOD BLOCK PAINTING – Everything at $150 level plus an original acrylic painting on wood in Charley theme. The wood blocks vary in size so the painting will be approximately 4x5 in size.

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    COMMISSIONED 16x10 PAINTING – Everything at $250 level plus a commissioned 16x10 acrylic painting on wood in my art style. You will provide me with your desired subject matter (i.e. floral, specific animal, etc) and color palette. See my website for samples of my paintings, www.amyhevron.com.

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    [B] PAINTING FROM BOOK + YOUR NAME IN BOOK – Everything at $500 level plus the original "Eating Bark" acrylic painting that is featured in the book. Image of painting is shown to left in rewards section. Plus a special "thank you" and your name printed in the first run of the book.

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