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A personal note from Larry Elmore
I want to say a few words about this Kickstarter Campaign, it has overwhelmed me, surpassed my wildest dreams and left me very humbled. Ken Whitman, a friend of mine, had tried to talk me into doing a Kickstarter campaign several years ago, because many times I had spoken to him about doing a big hardback book that would cover my life's work. Then another friend, Jim Ludwig of DarkSword Miniatures, started calling me about Kickstarter.
When I crunched the numbers, for me to publish a big book on my own dime, I simply couldn't afford it. I had certain publishers approach me to do a big book during the past few years....they would publish it, and of course, make all the money. But I wanted to do it my way. I never had a real agent during my career, I never particularly cared for someone telling me what to do (art directors were enough), so I have done it all my way the best I could. With an agent, I may have made more money over the years, perhaps done covers of "bigger books" and maybe, more popularity could have come my way, I don't know... I wanted to paint and draw. I just kept working and never ran out of work.
I was worried about this Kickstarter project, I didn't want to be the first guy to loose money on Kickstarter :-) . I was hesitant on the whole deal. I knew I had fans out there, because I have attend a lot of conventions over the past 25 years, but I didn't really know just how many and I didn't know just how strong and true they were. It really takes your most dedicated "hardcore" fans to pull off a project like this. I didn't know if there were that many---"left". Even though I still paint every day if possible and I will paint and draw until I die.
I basically got out of the publishing world a few years ago and lately I have been painting my own work and selling the originals. I love it. But I know that many fans have missed my work being published on books and game covers. I guess some of you thought I had "retired"!!! Well, I haven't! I never will. I worked as an illustrator for over 40 years, now I am ready to do my own work. I will still be around, while you sleep, I will be painting and drawing, and I will continue to do that until it becomes physically or mentally impossible for me. In the future, I will publish books of my newer works, both paintings and drawings, I will continue to make prints of these pieces, available at my website.
Well anyway, this campaign was greatly successful ONLY because of you guys. The MAIN reason I am writing this is to THANK ALL MY FANS...all over the world!! My family and I thank each and every one of you from the bottom of our hearts, I am seriously overwhelmed. I think my family didn't have a clue that this would happen, they are just as surprised as I am. Now, I have "pad money" ... and that means this, when I try to do a painting every month to pay the bills, and if that painting takes me a month and a half or two months to finish, I will have " pad money" to carry me over until I get paid. And that, my friends, takes a load of stress off me, and frees my mind up to do more creative work.
I am planning other Kickstarter Campaigns later on, some special books, like a NEW color Snarfquest graphic novel, and we are working on card games and board games, which I am greatly involved in. One of the most important projects, that may go up on Kickstarter next year, will be a large hardback black and white book. I wanted to get all my black and white work in this book, but there was no way...the book would be TOO thick. So, I want to do another hardback of all my black and white art, pencils and inks. The black and white book will be a matching book to this hard back color book. If you have purchased this color book and you purchase the black and white book, you will have a matching set of hardback books that cover around 95% of my life's work.
Again, I Sincerely thank each and every one of you ALL your support in this Kickstarter campaign, not only for this campaign, but THANK YOU for supporting me through all those years of fun and games that covered most of our lives!!! Did you ever think we would all come together one more time? I love you all!!!
ADD-ON #1: Add $25 to your pledge and get a Dragon Doodle in front of your book. This is a FREE add on to everyone in a foreign county.
ADD-ON #2: Add $100 to your pledge and you can get a 24"x36" Limited Edition print of the cover of this art book. It will be limited to 250+ the number of fans that participate here on Kickstarter. Many of you know, I have not painted the cover yet, but I do believe there will be a DRAGON on the cover.
ADD-ON #3: Want a second hardback book? Just add $49 extra to your pledge and we will send you a second book (however, it will not have all the extra stretch goal rewards). There is no additional shipping for a second book. (International FANS, we love you too!)
Example: Just go in and increase your pledge, we will figure out what you get based on your pledge minus your reward!
USA FANS (Example) -------------------------------------------------
$74-----FAN PACKAGE + DRAGON DOODLE (DD)
$98-----FAN PACKAGE + 2nd BOOK
$123----FAN PACKAGE + DD + 2nd BOOK
$149---FAN PACKAGE + LE COVER PRINT
$174---FAN PACKAGE + DD+ LE COVER PRINT
$198---FAN PACKAGE + LE COVER PRINT + 2nd BOOK
$223---FAN PACKAGE + DD + LE COVER PRINT + 2nd BOOK
INTERNATIONAL FANS (Example)-----------------------------
$97-----FAN PACKAGE + DRAGON DOODLE (DD)**
$146---FAN PACKAGE + DD + 2nd BOOK
$197---FAN PACKAGE + DRAGON DOODLE + LE COVER PRINT
$246---FAN PACKAGE + DD + LE COVER PRINT+ 2nd BOOK
**International FANS will automatically get a DRAGON DOODLE at no additional cost as a bonus for the additional cost of shipping.
Your Fantasy Begins here!
I want to make available, through this project, the largest, most comprehensive collection of the very best of my art spanning my full 40 year career. Many of the images I will include in this tome are being re-mastered using the latest digital technology from original film, for unprecedented quality, and several pieces have never before been published or rarely seen. Interspersed among the images I will also offer you glimpses into my studio and creative process, including sketches and preliminaries, as well as share with you my autobiography, my artistic journey, and my stories. I will start from my earliest childhood drawings, and together we will journey through my challenges breaking into the industry and frustrations with commercial art, through my years working in games and on novel covers and ultimately to my latest personal works.
This hardback book will be 9" x 12" and encompass 300+ pages. Depending on your pledge amount you can own this book as a standard coffee-table hardback edition, or a deluxe leather-bound cover edition, as well as other bonuses, such as special prints, original hand-drawn sketches, or even the original painting used for the cover itself! Most importantly, you are helping me realize my dream of bringing this volume to you, my fans. Thank you in advance for your pledge!
This kickstarter project is going unbelievably well and I am overwhelmed. I want to do more stretch goals, and believe me we have been wracking our brains. But I had an idea; I have a lot of paintings and many of them have never left my studio, the originals have never been seen, and hardly anyone has had an opportunity to purchase one. I feel that they are too much trouble to take to conventions and also more likely get damaged. In the old days every painting made a trip to the publisher in New York and after it was published they would send the painting back. When it returned I would usually put the painting on a shelf in my studio or in a flat file. Now days I drive my paintings to Nashville for a professional scan and when I get back put them either on a shelf or in a flat file. So why not put some of these paintings up for sale because so many fans of my art are following this project and everyone would have an equal chance at purchasing an original painting. I have selected 12 paintings to sell; we will keep three available for purchase at all times until they are all sold or this kickstarter project is over. We are still trying to come up with new stretch goals and want to sincerely thank everyone for the fantastic support of this project!!!
SPECIAL: This Kickstarter campaign has been unbelievable, over whelming. So I decided to do one more special for everyone that is interested in original paintings. Since this campaign has been underway, many people have called me about buying original paintings. I think what surprised people most is that I have sold so many paintings over the years. Many of those iconic pieces are gone. I was never interested in hoarding all my paintings, I would always sell paintings at a reasonable price, because my favorite painting was always my next one! These paintings I am displaying here on kickstarter are some of the "few" that I have left to sell. I have saved some paintings to pass on to my children. Over the next 14 days, I have decided to lower the prices on these paintings $100 each day, until this Kickstarter campaign ends on December the 31st. If they sell, then I hope they find a good home, if not, I will keep them, just a few more paintings my children will have to deal with when I am gone....hopefully many years from now :)
WANT TO SEE LARGER VERSIONS....
The Last Ingredient : http://larryelmore.com/lastin
Three Doors: http://larryelmore.com/threedoors
Might & Magic 8: http://larryelmore.com/mightmagic
Unexpected return: http://larryelmore.com/unreturn
Frost Giant: http://larryelmore.com/frostgiant
King Author: http://larryelmore.com/kingauthor
PLACE OF POWER PRINTS
The more we raise with this campaign, the better we can make this art book. We are still negotiating with our printers to get the best price on additional pages and extras, but your support will make them all possible. Once the Kickstarter program is over, the Hardback book will sale for $80.
Here is the curent retail value of our current stretch goals...
Stretch Goal 1: 48 Additional Pages If there is enough interest in this project, I would like to expand the book to 304 pages. This will give me more room to add more obscure paintings, more preliminary works and other black and white artwork. If pledges exceed thirty thousand, all contributors will receive a 304 page book rather than only 256 pages. COMPLETED
Stretch Goal 2: 8"x10" D&D Original Box Set Covers As a special thank you to my fans, should funding exceed fifty thousand dollars, I will include three 8" x 10" print of one of my most remembered painting series--the Basic Dungeons & Dragons Red Dragon box cover, the Expert Dungeons & Dragons Blue box cover, and the Companions Dungeon & Dragons Green box-- in every contributor's package. COMPLETED
Stretch Goal 3: B&W Sketch Book As an added bonus for achieving the one Seventy-five thousand dollar mark, I am going to bind together a soft cover black & white sketchbook that will include copies of all the original drawings I will be doing as inserts for this project and a few extra no one has ever seen. Everyone who has contributed from the Fan Package on up will receive a copy of this book in their package. I am so very grateful to you all for making my 40 year compendium a reality! COMPLETED
Stretch Goal 4: 8"x10" Original Dragonlance Covers Once we hit one hundred thousand, I will include three limited edition 8" x 10" prints of the three original Dragonlance Book covers -- Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Dragons of Winter Night, Dragons of Spring Dawning -- in every contributor's package. COMPLETED
Stretch Goal 5: Motorcycle Ride & Studio Tour As an added bonus for achieving the one hundred twenty-five thousand dollar mark, I plan to have a studio tour and motorcycle ride in my hometown of Leitchfield Kentucky. I will send each you a ticket to bring one guest sometime during the summer of 2013. You will have a chance to walk through my studio and time to talk with me. Later in the afternoon everyone with a motorcycle is welcome to take a long ride with me through the foothills of Kentucky. If you do not have a motorcycle, you are still welcome to come and enjoy the studio tour. (Contributors would be responsible for their own travel arrangements, overnight stay, gas, etc.)
Stretch Goal 6: 32 Additional Pages will round this book out to a whopping 336 pages. If pledges exceed two hundred thousand, all contributors will receive a 336 page book rather than the expanded 304 pages.
Risks and challenges
The greatest challenge I am facing with this project is the re-mastering and color-correcting of all my older works from the film the images are preserved on. Don't get me wrong, the quality of color will be phenominal and as close to the originals as I can get, but there is a LOT of work to do "cleaning up" the fuzzies, speckles and other gremlins that creep in during the scanning process. Still, I am excited to have the technology to reproduce these old favorites in a clearer, crisper way than ever before.
This book will ship to Kickstarter supporters in August 2013.
All pledge amounts include USPS Media Mail shipping within the U.S. Shipping for international orders will receive an additional $48.00 fee. International orders ship by USPS Priority Mail. Taxes and fees vary by country. Please be aware international orders may be required to pay a duty tax by your local postal station.
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