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The Unselfie Project was created to bring back the art of the portrait and to replace as many lame avatar selfies as possible.
The Unselfie Project was created to bring back the art of the portrait and to replace as many lame avatar selfies as possible.
The Unselfie Project was created to bring back the art of the portrait and to replace as many lame avatar selfies as possible.
269 backers pledged $14,661 to help bring this project to life.

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Being a professional illustrator is a tough career choice, even for the best artists out there. Most illustrators supplement their income with fine art commissions, Etsy stores or non-art related part-time work to make ends meet. It's an extremely competitive business, one that I love being a part of. 

The massive support you have given me and The Unselfie Project has opened up the opportunity to turn this Kickstarter project into a real viable side business for me that will last well beyond the campaign. It's a huge opportunity for me and my family and I can't thank you enough for your continued participation and for spreading the word.

My stretch goal is to raise as many backers as I can before the 30 days is over. The more people participating the easier it will be for me to transition it into a real avatar portrait business. With your help and support you can really make a difference for me, my life and my art. Thanks again for everything and I can't wait to draw everyone!

As an illustrator I have always been fascinated by old portraits; the original avatars. I believe that the selfie has really made the special, unspecial. I want people to see the value in representing themselves in an artistic way that makes a statement about who they are as individuals. I want to take the portrait back and get rid of as many lame selfies as possible.

With your support, my goal is to create a minimum of 150 original, illustrated avatar portraits. Once the 150 illustrations are completed, and with your permission, I plan on showcasing them online as part of the Unselfie Project Gallery for everyone to enjoy.

I love drawing people. It will be a personal challenge to draw so many different faces and I can’t wait to begin.

I started the Unselfie project with several goals in mind. To un-suck the avatar, to bring back the creativity and artistry of portraits but most of all to have fun making something unique for you! I have created a range of unselfies from black and white all the way to traditional watercolor. I even created a few POWER-UP options like zombies, vampires, mustaches and lumberjack beards. If my initial goal is met, I plan on adding even MORE options as stretch goals. Check out the sample gallery below to see some examples of my work!

Gifts

Please keep in mind that an Unselfie would be an awesome gift. A little something for someone special, a portrait of your kids or even a keepsake of your favorite pet! You can request children or pet portraits at any of the unselfie levels. Zombie kittens and kids with sweet staches!

If you would like to see more examples of my illustration work please visit my site.

Thank you for your support in helping me take back the portrait!

We have started to get some Buzz! Please check out the links below to see what other people have been saying about The Unselfie Project!

THE HUFFINGTON POST's Simone Collins, Blogger and founder/COO of ArtCorgi.com, interviewed me for an awesome article on portraits, avatars and the Unselfie Project.

NBC News, Philadelphia's go-to news channel and website just posted a great article about the Unselfie project!

Philadelphia City Paper, Phillys local go-to paper for all things cool and happening in the city!

Geekadelphia, the blog for all things geek chic in Philly has made us their weekly Kickstarter to watch!

This week I was interviewed by Italian blogger Filippo Lorenzin for L'identità aumentata. An awesome blog focused on art, social media and new frontiers. The article is posted here in English and Italiano.

PATRON OF THE ARTS - $10 PLEDGE

As a member of the Unselfie Project community you will get email updates on my progress and you will be notified once the Unselfie Project Gallery goes live. Go onto the site and watch the gallery as it grows! Thanks for your support!

BLACK AND WHITE UNSELFIE - $30 PLEDGE

Black and White Unselfie
Black and White Unselfie

This may be the "basic" Unselfie, but there's really nothing basic about it. Don't think of it as black and white, think of it as "comic book chic". How awesome is that?

You supply me with a clear photo and in return you will receive:

  • A stylized, professionally illustrated black and white avatar portrait
  • An 8" x 8" 300 dpi high resolution file suitable for printing and framing
  • An 8" x 8" 72 dpi low resolution file for web and social media 
  • Opt-in to be included in the Unselfie Project online gallery.

Print out your high resolution file to make prints suitable for framing and use your low resolution file as your new avatar in whatever social media application you have!

COLOR UNSELFIE - $50 PLEDGE

Color Unselfie
Color Unselfie

Takin' it up a notch! The color Unselfie has all of the quality of the black and white Unselfie, but with a POP of color and a bit more detail. Turn it up!

You supply me with a clear photo and in return you will receive:

  • A stylized, professionally illustrated color avatar portrait
  • An 8" x 8" 300 dpi high resolution file suitable for printing and framing
  • An 8" x 8" 72 dpi low resolution file for web and social media
  • Opt-in to be included in the Unselfie Project online gallery.

Print out your high resolution file to make prints suitable for framing and use your low resolution file as your new avatar in whatever social media application you have!

POWER-UP UNSELFIE - $75 PLEDGE

Super Villain Unselfie
Super Villain Unselfie

JUST ADDED! Having a bad day? A little grumpy? Craving an arch nemesis? Well this Unselfie Power-Up is for you! How can we have Super Heros without Super Villains?! Mistah J. would be proud.....

Super Hero Unselfie
Super Hero Unselfie
 

JUST ADDED! Do you have a super alter ego? Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, stop a bullet with your fancy bracelets or move at the speed of light? Well this Unselfie Power-Up is for you!

Zombie Unselfie
Zombie Unselfie
Vampire Unselfie
Vampire Unselfie
Lumberjacked Unselfie
Lumberjacked Unselfie
Stached Unselfie
Stached Unselfie

Now we're getting serious! As an illustrator I wanted to make this more fun. Why settle for a simple portrait when you can be a zombie. Seriously, how awesome would it be to have a portrait of your cat with a mustache? I would dare say, pretty awesome.  For this level, you can choose from five POWER-UP avatar options:

• Super Hero
• Zombie• Vampire• Stached• Lumberjacked

When the campaign is complete, the backers at the POWER-UP level will be contacted by email with a survey to select the option they want. So you have a lot of time to change your mind.

You supply me with a clear photo  and in return you will receive:

  • A stylized, professionally illustrated color Power-Up level avatar portrait.
  • An 8" x 8" 300 dpi high resolution file suitable for printing and framing
  • An 8" x 8" 72 dpi low resolution file for web and social media
  • Opt-in to be included in the Unselfie Project online gallery.

Print out your high resolution file to make prints suitable for framing and use your low resolution file as your new avatar in whatever social media application you have!

NEXT LEVEL UNSELFIE - $350 PLEDGE

Next Level Unselfie
Next Level Unselfie

Do you want a much more detailed portrait? We’re talking next level stuff here. This is a professional-level illustrated avatar portrait. Do you like less cartoon, more detail? If so, then I’m your girl!

You supply me with a clear photo and in return you will receive:

  • A stylized, professionally illustrated detailed color avatar portrait
  • An 8" x 8" 300 dpi high resolution file suitable for printing and framing
  • An 8" x 8" 72 dpi low resolution file for web and social media
  • Opt-in to be included in the Unselfie Project online gallery.

Print out your high resolution file to make prints suitable for framing and use your low resolution file as your new avatar in whatever social media application you have!

    Detail of Next Level Unselfie vs. Color Unselfie

OLD MASTER UNSELFIE - $650 PLEDGE

Old Master Unselfie
Old Master Unselfie

Ah, tradition. Did you know that I am a master watercolor artist? Well, now you do. The OLD MASTER level is about as traditional as you can get. It's an 8"x8" painted watercolor portrait on archival quality paper, shipped worldwide to your location. This is family heirloom stuff here. A great opportunity to have something to pass down through the generations.

You supply me with a clear photo and in return you will receive:

  • A detailed professionally illustrated watercolor portrait

  • 8” x 8” on Arches 100% cotton rag cold press watercolor paper

  • Mailed to your location
  • An 8" x 8" 300 dpi high resolution scan suitable for printing and framing
  • Includes an 8" x 8" 72 dpi low resolution scan for web and social media
  • Opt-in to be included in the Unselfie Project online gallery.

Print out your high resolution scan to make prints suitable for framing and use your low resolution file as your new avatar in whatever social media application you have!

Below, you can check out additional samples of Unselfies that I have created.  I take a lot of pride in being able to capture a likeness. If you supply me with a great photo you can expect a great illustration!

Risks and challenges

WHEN DO YOU GET YOUR UNSELFIE?
As soon as the Kickstarter campaign has completed, the fun will begin! When fully funded, I will contact you with instructions on next steps and a production schedule. All avatars will be done in the order in which your pledges were received. The production process will take several weeks from start to finish depending on where you are in the queue. I’m a strong believer in always keeping in touch with my clients with status updates and when production begins will contact you to keep you informed of approximate delivery time.

WHERE THE MONEY GOES
I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your support of my Kickstarter. Your pledge will go toward funding my time, equipment and studio expenses. For me to take this massive project on it’s going to take a ton of time in the studio. As a freelance illustrator, I create pictures for a living and this is how I support my family. I sincerely thank you for helping me bring this project to life and to allow me to continue to do what I love.

PLEASE NOTE:
When your Unselfie is complete, you will receive two files via email.

• An 8" x 8" 300 dpi high resolution file suitable for printing and framing
• An 8" x 8" 72 dpi low resolution file for web and social media

YOU WILL NOT BE RECEIVING A PHYSICAL PRINT.

If you have selected the Old Master pledge level you will receive the original watercolor painting as well as the two files via email.

If you have any questions please contact me!

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    PATRON OF THE ARTS - As a member of the Unselfie Project community you will get email updates on my progress and you will be notified once the Unselfie Project Gallery goes live. Thanks for your support!

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    BLACK AND WHITE UNSELFIE - This may be the "basic" Unselfie, but there's really nothing basic about it. Don't think of it as black and white, think of it as "comic book chic". How awesome is that?

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    COLOR UNSELFIE -
    Takin' it up a notch! The color Unselfie has all of the quality of the black and white Unselfie, but with a POP of color and a bit more detail. Turn it up!

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    BLACK AND WHITE UNSELFIE - 2 PACK Get one for you and a friend. This may be the "basic" Unselfie, but there's really nothing basic about it. Don't think of it as black and white, think of it as "comic book chic". How awesome is that?

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    POWER UP UNSELFIE -
    Now we're getting serious! As an illustrator, I wanted to make this more fun. For this level, you can choose from four POWER-UP avatar options: Zombie, Vampire, Stached and Lumberjacked. When the campaign is complete, the backers at the POWER-UP level will be contacted by email with a survey to select the option they want.

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    Pledge $90 or more About $90

    BLACK AND WHITE UNSELFIE - 3 PACK Get one for the whole famliy. This may be the "basic" Unselfie, but there's really nothing basic about it. Don't think of it as black and white, think of it as "comic book chic". How awesome is that?

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    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    COLOR UNSELFIE - 2 PACK - Get one for you and a friend. Takin' it up a notch! The color Unselfie has all of the quality of the black and white Unselfie, but with a POP of color and a bit more detail. Turn it up!

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    Pledge $120 or more About $120

    BLACK AND WHITE UNSELFIE - 4 PACK Get one for the whole famliy. This may be the "basic" Unselfie, but there's really nothing basic about it. Don't think of it as black and white, think of it as "comic book chic". How awesome is that?

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    COLOR UNSELFIE - 3 PACK - Get one for the whole famliy. Takin' it up a notch! The color Unselfie has all of the quality of the black and white Unselfie, but with a POP of color and a bit more detail. Turn it up!

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    COLOR UNSELFIE - 4 PACK - Get one for the whole famliy. Takin' it up a notch! The color Unselfie has all of the quality of the black and white Unselfie, but with a POP of color and a bit more detail. Turn it up!

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    Pledge $350 or more About $350

    THE NEXT LEVEL UNSELFIE -
    Do you want a much more detailed portrait? We’re talking next level stuff here. This is a professional-level illustrated avatar portrait. Do you like less cartoon, more detail? If so, then I’m your girl!

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    Pledge $650 or more About $650

    OLD MASTER WATERCOLOR UNSELFIE -
    Ah, tradition. Did you know that I am a master watercolor artist? Well, now you do. The OLD MASTER level is about as traditional as you can get. It's an 8"x 8" painted watercolor portrait on archival quality paper, shipped worldwide to your location. This is family heirloom stuff here. A great opportunity to have something to pass down through the generations.

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