About this project
This is not your childhood coloring book...this is not even your typical adult coloring book. It is a luxurious level coloring book designed for professional artists and hobbyists alike. Beyond coloring, this book is designed to stand alone as a collection of my most popular fungi illustrations, which may be Framed individually as is, Enlarged to Poster Size, Printed on Clothing, 3D Printed, Laser Etched, Digitally Altered and Colorized, Made into Decals & Stickers or Simply serve as a Coffee Table Book!
Let this Multimedia Experience transport you, relax and color with wild abandon and surreal colors, or use it to brush up on your mushroom hunting identification skills. This book and limitlessly reprintablle digital file collection allows endless remixing and creativity. From realistic color schemes, to photoshopped digital illustration and cross platform printing onto almost any medium with a hard copy book, made with the durability to hold up to inks, paints , pastels, pencils and more!
I want to offer anyone interested in a book, the chance to preorder the first edition book for 30% below retail pricing, as a thank you for your faith and support. Beyond the 32 page book of frameable, archive quality prints which double as a top of line coloring book, early backers will recieve the digital files for endless personal use printing, as well as bonus materials, and chances to win original artwork and illustrations from the book !
This book will not simply be a coloring book about fungi, but also has been created to represent scientifically accurate images of fungi from around North America. Some of the illustrations are surrounded by surreal imagery and others are set in their natural habitats, but all pictured fungi will be listed and identified in the back of the book and I hope it will serve as an engaging and exciting way to immerse people into the world of mycology and art simultaneously. I have created this book in hopes of sparking excitement for both those people who are new to mushroom hunting and those who are seasoned mycologists and foragers. As such I have tried to include illustrations of approximately 30% edible species of fungi 30% beautiful and intricate species and 30% psychoactive or medicinal and 10% which are the deadly species to be avoided. I hope to inspire artists and foragers alike with this beautiful and comprehensive compilation of fungi.
It is my intent to create another high quality coloring book following the release of my wildly successful "Psychedelic Coloring Book", which has made it's way to over 28 countries around the world. Just as my first coloring book, "The Fungus Among Us" will be designed to withstand a wide array of artistic mediums. From Acrylic Paint, Ink, Graphite, Crayons, Pastels to Watercolor Pencils, I have the knowledge and experience to create a truly magnificent coloring book.
In 2014 I created, a successful Kickstarter campaign for The Psychedelic Coloring Book and was able to create a top of the line coloring book unlike any other on the market today. It was printed on 110 lb heavy duty vellum which was selected from dozens of paper varieties because of it's ability to hold a wide array of mediums without a bleeding and running across lines. Along with the paper, I also researched and discovered a water resistant, super black ink to print with, which prevents smudging and provides clean lines for discerning artists and illustrators.
Living in the Pacific Northwest, I am constantly in awe of the natural beauty that surrounds us. Fungi seemingly sprout from out of thin air and come in thousands of varieties. I have always been captivated and inspired by the resilience and complexity of these organisms. For the last year I have been illustrating fungi and mushrooms with sumi ink and brush. With over 50 illustrations to choose from, I have selected approximately 30 of my best selling illustrations and chosen to print them into a comprehensive mycological coloring book which includes species ranging from deliciously edible, to psychedelic to deadly.
My goal is to print at least 500 of these high quality coloring books, and any additional funding will go to simply printing additional books and creating even more beautiful backer rewards. The leg work of creating the illustrations and understanding the materials needed for a high quality coloring book is already complete.
Thanks to the success of my first Kickstarter coloring book, I have an established independent print shop and book binder based in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle and have already found the grade of paper and ink needed to print a book at the highest quality standards possible. Printing, binding and finishing will all be done locally on recycled and sustainable harvested, acid free, "rain forest safe", vellum paper stock.
The expense of printing this book on materials comparable to my first book would run nearly $40 per book, with binding, and cover, if I printed less than 100. At each printing batch size increase the price drops dramatically, and we need to print 500 books to get the price point down to the $30 retail pricing.
I have also learned that this process requires more funding than you may think. 10% goes directly to Kickstarter and money handling fees, another 15% to 20 % is subject to income taxes and then the remaining 70 to 75% is divided to about 65% printing 5% binding, 5 % layout and consultation and another 25% going to shipping, rewards and fulfillment. Essentially I have done the artwork, printing layout and man hours of processing shipping, fulfillment and Reward Artwork creation free of charge on my own time. For The Psychedelic Coloring book this required scanning of images, retouching, formatting and shipping which added up to nearly 200 hours, yet I was able to ship the book nearly 5 weeks earlier than projected.
I have put my heart, body and soul into creating these illustrations, and it is my biggest aspiration in life to share my artwork with those whom may appreciate it and be inspired through it. This is by no means an endeavor for profit but rather to continue to share my artwork and love of nature with the world. I am getting married to the love of my life in September and all my personal savings is going towards the wedding and building a nest egg for our life together, and because of this I have reached out to the incredible people within the kickstarter community once more.
To view my previous work and The Psychedelic Coloring book visit my website at www.somaink.com or my Instagram feed at www.instagram.com/alexanderjwilliamson.
Thank you so much for your time and support. - Alex Williamson
For a free page of the Fungus Among Us, please share the link with anyone interested and message me on kickstarter.
Thanks again everyone, much love, Alex Williamson.
My website... Www.somaink.com
Risks and challenges
Being that this is the second Adult Coloring book I have created with the help of Kickstarter, I feel I will be very prepared for any challenges that may arise. My largest hurdle has been trying to drive down international shipping costs of a book printed on vellum, which is so weighty.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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