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I LOVE CHICKENS! I hope you do too.  This project has really been years in the making. I have been drawing chickens of one sort or another for the past 12 years. I even had two backyard chickens of my own for a while when I lived in Austin. It was a sweet, comical, and complicated relationship. They didn't behave like pets, and everything wanted to eat them...So my job of keeping them safe was difficult.

They were both red, and so I named them Lucy #1 and #2. I eventually had to give them up, but I'll never forget the experience of caring for these urban chickens. Here's a little video with some other chickens, and more examples of my artwork. And the Lucy's are in there too.

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The Chicken Scratchin' book is a continuation of my scratchboard drawing education (and what I like to call "Linda's Scratchboard Empire"). I'm an art school drop-out-- by allowing me to draw your birds and tell your stories I get to be a better artist/author. And by sharing your stories, the world can appreciate and understand more about these wonderful creatures. Don't worry if you have more than one, I can squeeze at least three on the 5"x7" board. Don't have chickens? You can 'sponsor' your family, friends and neighbors chickens. See how easy that is?

This isn't going to be a book about the different breeds and how to raise them--there are plenty of those out there already. Simply, it will be full of my fun, colorful drawings and your stories about your birds.

Here's an example of what the cover may look like:

These are my chickens, but yours could be on the cover!
These are my chickens, but yours could be on the cover!

 Here's an example of two page layout:

Sample pages...
Sample pages...

 The finished soft-cover book will be 6"x9" and printed in the USA. I'm working with a professional book designer; she and I worked on the Dog and Cat books, and we just get better and faster at this. It takes about 9 months to collect the stories, photos, draw and edit. Actual delivery will be around October 2014.

 Big Thanks to: Teresa Turk who put these videos together; Liz Lester who designed the cover and page mock-ups; Dick Bennett who let his little black chickens star in the videos; And Cindy Jo Parry and Jan VanSchuyver who sang (and clucked) and played with me on the "Chickens In The Yard" song. Cindy Jo and I wrote the song together and it was great, big, fun! Thanks for the 'ear worm' Cindy Jo!

And oh yeah, Scratchboard is a ridgid panel with a layer of white clay that is then sprayed with black ink. I use sharp tools to 'cut' into the surface to expose the white clay to create the drawing. I then use inks to add color. The finished product is something like an etching or woodcut in appearance. It is sealed, acid-free, and archival...ready for you to frame.

Risks and challenges

The biggest risk and challenge-- besides the fact that chickens move fast and it's hard to get them to pose for a photo-- is that I don't know how many chicken lovers will want a portrait of their chickens. I'm hoping there will be a lot-- I don't why you wouldn't want one. And I've heard many stories already so I'm pretty sure about that part.
I know exactly what it takes to put a book together, having done it twice now, so I don't foresee a problem with that...unless of course, I'm drawing hundreds of chickens (the Dog and Cat books had 78 drawings each). Which would be a very good problem!! In other words, the funding amount is the LEAST amount to make this project go--I will gladly accept more chickens and dollars. If that happens I will keep you in the loop regarding the deadline.

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    Oh yeah, you get a hand colored postcard of one of the chicken drawings from the book + another postcard of the same, black and white for YOU to add your own color or not. And a big THANK YOU!
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    But wait, there's more...This level will get the above postcards + a greeting card with yet another chicken drawing from the book on it. And of course a Huge THANK YOU!
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    Alrighty then, this reward will give you all of the above + a sweet fridge magnet with yet another chicken drawing from the book. And don't forget the THANK YOU!
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    Here we go now...You get all of the above + a signed copy of the book. Isn't that sweet? Yeah, I thought so...THANKS Y'ALL!
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    Sweet merciful Chicken, This reward will give you the postcard, greeting card, magnet, signed book + you and your chicken are in the book. (Two pages, one for drawing, one for story)Yes, you heard me right, I will draw your chicken (or chickens) and tell your story! Oh THANK YOU!
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    This here is the big cluck, cluck. You get all of the above + the original unframed 5x7 inch artwork. Such a deal!
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    Well hidey ho, here's another deal. Choose this and you get all of the above + another book AND an unframed 3"x5" original of your chicken/s in the same or a different pose. Wow oh wow, what fun! Thank you!
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    My oh my, you've got some big chicken love! This reward level will give you all of the rewards from the $200.00 level + your bird/s drawing featured on the back cover of the book! (in addition to inside pages) THANK YOU HEAPS AND HEAPS!
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    Ok, this level will give you all of the rewards from the $200.00 level + your bird/s will be on the Title Page (which is the first page seen after the cover) Buk buk buk brack! THIS IS A SUPER GREAT PAGE. And you still get the other two pages for drawing and story, and all that other stuff. Only one available. THANKS!!
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    Oh I know this is a lot of chicken scratch...but this reward will give you all of the $200.00 level rewards + your chicken/s will be the FRONT COVER!! (and of course will be inside with drawing and story pages) Whoo Hoo...that's some Chicken! Oh my THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
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