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This project was successfully funded on May 31, 2014.

The Unselfie Project was created to bring back the art of the portrait and to replace as many lame avatar selfies as possible.

About this project

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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FAQ

  • YES! Please contact me directly and we can discuss how to accommodate your request. I have been getting a lot of requests to illustrate whole businesses for office social media. Sounds like a fun!

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  • YES! Please contact me directly and we can discuss how to accommodate your request. I have been getting a lot of requests to illustrate whole businesses for office social media. Great for Halloween or just to add a little fun to the office.

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  • In order for me to draw a great avatar, I will need you to supply me with a clear high resolution photo. Most cell phones have the capability to shoot a great head shot. Make sure you are in a well lit area, the image is in focus and there is no distortion.

    Common mistakes to watch out for:

    • The photo is too small (low resolution)
    • The photo is blurry
    • The photo is too dark
    • The photo is blown out (too light)
    • You are to small in the shot
    • The photo has too much contrast
    • You are too close and you are distorted

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  • As soon as the Kickstarter campaign is fully funded, I will contact you at the working email address that you provided to me when you pledged with all of the details. You will need to provide me with a clear photo to work from (see above). It does not have to be fancy, as long as it is a good, clear shot. It should be a jpeg file. If the photo that you provide is something that I find I unable to work from, I will ask you to supply another.

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  • As soon as the Kickstarter campaign is fully funded, the work will begin! All pieces 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.

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  • All avatars will be emailed to the working email address that you provided me with when you pledged. All files will be big enough to print at 8x8 inches and small enough to email directly to you. You will receive a high res digital file that you will be able to print out full size at 8x8 inches and a low res file that you will be able to use online. All Old Master watercolor portrait avatars will be shipped worldwide to your location and a low res image for web will be emailed to you. Shipping is included in the price at pledge. For Old Master portrait shipping please provide:

    First name, Last Name
    Shipping address
    Country

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  • For the best result, you will want to print out your Unselfie on photo paper at home. If you wish, you can save the image to a memory stick and take to any place that does digital printing. They will be able to print it out for you!

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  • No worries, that is totally cool! You have to "opt in" if you want to be included in the gallery. If you do not opt in, your avatar will not be a part of the online gallery. Your name will not be included in the gallery (see terms and conditions). Your avatar will have a number and I will let you know what it is so that you can look it up in the gallery and share it with everyone!

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  • Please note that all of the art being created is an artist’s stylized, representation of the photographic image supplied. That being said, I will make sure that your avatar looks like you. Check the samples to compare photos with their avatar likenesses to get an idea of what to expect. In the cart section, please fill out any special requests that you have and I will do my best to accommodate them.

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  • I will make sure that your avatar looks like you. Your Power Up levels WILL be embellished as I see fit with Zombie rot, Vampy goodness and facial hair that would make Jo Jo the Dog faced Boy envious. It’s all part of the fun!

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  • Yes! I always say, “Pets are people too”. They deserve some love. I know a few pets that have more friends on Facebook than me.

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  • Yes. Who wouldn’t want a zombie hamster? All Power Ups can be done for your pet!

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  • Congratulations, that is AWESOME! The best way to take care of your Old Master Watercolor Portrait is to get it framed. You want to make sure that it is framed behind glass or plexiglass to keep it safe and dry. Avoid hanging it in direct sunlight, as that is not good for any painting. Keep it away from moisture - it is watercolor and will be damaged if it gets wet. If you must wait a while until you get it framed, keep it in the flat envelope it was shipped in, in a safe, dry place.

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  • Important: Please remember to check your spam filters to make sure that you are receiving my emails. I will attempt to contact you weekly for a total of 3 times. If I do not hear from you within a reasonable time (one week) after the 3rd attempt the pledge will be considered unclaimed. There are no refunds or credits for unclaimed pledges.

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  • An Unselfie is a one of a kind, original piece of art and once it is created, it is yours. Please note that all of the art being created is an artist’s stylized representation of the photographic image supplied. There are no returns or refunds for the work.

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  • 1. Your email address and any other personal identifying information that you provide will not be displayed on the site and will not, under any circumstances, be distributed to any third party organization. Your information will only be used to contact you directly about your Unselfie pledge.

    2. The Unselfie Project Online gallery is an "opt in" only basis.

    3. The gallery will stay online indefinitely. The artist reserves the right to use and refer to The Unselfie Project Online Gallery as an example of a body of work and to remove the gallery at any time.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    4 backers

    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!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $30 or more

    66 backers

    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?

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    145 backers

    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!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $60 or more

    7 backers

    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?

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $75 or more

    13 backers

    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.

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $90 or more

    2 backers

    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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  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    15 backers

    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!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $120 or more

    1 backer

    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?

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $150 or more

    2 backers

    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!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $200 or more

    2 backers

    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!

    Estimated delivery:
  • You selected
    Pledge $350 or more

    2 backers

    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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  • You selected
    Pledge $650 or more

    0 backers

    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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    Ships anywhere in the world

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