About this project
We reached the Goal! I'd like to offer this; If we reach $9,000 (or more) by the end of funding Wed. at 6:01-- All Backers will have access to an e-book version. Thanks for backing this book, let's draw some cats!
THE PROJECT: To create a book of my colorful, folk art style scratchboard drawings of your rescued cats, including their stories, your stories.
In 2012 I had a successful kickstarter project to create a book of dog drawings with their stories, titled Dog Scratchin'. My intent was to not only share the stories of these great folks and their dogs, but I wanted to create a colorful and fun book to increase awareness of these great animals and rescue groups around the country. I'm happy to report those goals have been met. I spent 8 months working on 78 drawings and stories and produced a book that I'm very proud of. The response from the participants and others has been pretty wonderful.
I want to do the same with your cats and their stories. I love both dogs and cats and know how different they can be from each other. I think cats are more of a challenge to draw, for many reasons, but I am up for that challenge. Drawing dog after dog, day after day for months, prepared me for this project.
In putting the dog book together I gathered stories that made me laugh out loud, and sometimes, while reading them, I cried hard. I look forward to your stories about your cats, be they funny, happy, or sad.
This funding amount will pay for production and printing of 200 copies of a 6"x9" Soft Cover book of approximately 170 pages. I'd like to do as many drawings as I did for the dog book (78). Or heck, more if there is enough interest and pledges at those levels. I'd love to draw 100 (or more) different kitties! And if the funding exceeds I can print more books, which means more to sell, more exposure for rescue groups.
HOW IT WORKS: The only way I can do this is with your help. I need money for publishing and I need subject matter. Since doing the dog book I have learned a lot about putting a book together. The funding amount that I'm asking for is the barest minimum to make this happen. I use a professional book designer to do the layout, etc., from the text and scanned drawings. Then it's all sent to a printer in the USA. Now, this is important to me, and maybe to you as well. I could save money and have it printed overseas, but I can't do that, I just can't. The print and paper quality of the book is very good. With a soft-cover book of colorful drawings that's critical. Once the books are finished and delivered, then I go to work distributing them to you and to the various rescue groups who can use them, and even doing signing/selling events. Like the last project I have not built any money for me (well, maybe a cup of coffee or so) into the fundraising dollars. I believe in karma; doing good work brings good things to me. The dog book did and so the cat book will as well. This is a labor of great love!
Heather Marie and Ryan Wells talking about their experience with the Dog Scratchin' book.
Simply put, once you pledge and the project funding ends, I will gather photos and stories from you via email, and then I get real busy! That's it. Poet Miller Williams' Testimonial: (his poem and dogs are in the dog book) I was very pleased, even excited to learn this book was going to come into being. My wife Jordan and I have drawings of our three dogs, on our kitchen wall, by Linda Sheets. I was astonished not only by how well she had recreated the faces our the dogs; anyone seeing them once and seeing the drawings would know which is which. What is most amazing about Linda Sheets' drawing of the dogs is that she seems to paint their personalities as well as their physical configurations. That's a rare and wonderful thing. Of our three dogs--one of them is a very obedient, intelligent dog that when she looks at you she seems to say, What would you like me to do? We have another dog that seems to say, Don't tell me what to do. The third dog says, I don't give a damn. When you look at their faces in the drawings, even if you haven't met them--if I suggested the above statements--you would be able to identify which one had said each. The stories in the book that the owners tell about their dogs are consistently impressive. They make you want to meet the dogs--even the owners.
Feel free to message me with questions here, I'm happy to answer. The only requirement is that your cat be a rescue; from the street, pound, shelter or rescue group. Even a cat that you've taken in from a friend or family who can no longer keep them is a rescue as far as I'm concerned.
Scratchboard is a rigid panel with white kaolin clay and black ink. I use various sharp tools to cut or scratch into the surface creating a drawing that looks like a black and white etching or woodcut. I then use colored inks and paints to embellish. The final artwork is sealed to protect it and can be framed without glass. The product I use is made by hand in Austin, TX, by the Ampersand Art company, a fine group of folks who provide all of the scratchboards for this project.
And Thank you!
Risks and challenges
As with all Kickstarter projects, I must raise the full amount. If this does not raise $7800 by the end date, the project doesn't fund. You're not out any money, I'm not drawing any cats. That would make me very sad. I want to make this happen. As I have shown with the dog book, I know how to do this. But I really need your help.
Now, if I happen to get overwhelming response and y'all want me to draw 200 cats or more (which would be awesome!) that will delay the printing and delivery a bit. I'm fast at drawing, but not that fast!! I'm really good at updates and keeping all y'all in the loop. You'll be with me every step of the way.
Yes, it is. They will of course be smaller, but it is possible to do that. Keep in mind that the story page (you will have two pages, one is the story of around 300 words and a small photo of you or your cat(s) and the other page is my drawing, almost full size).
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