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Imagining Monsters

Imagining Monsters is a book that is meant to capture the hearts of not only children but adults with it's artwork and it's story in poem form. A book that can be read more than once with continued smiles for every one in the family.  I miss the books that rhyme, have compelling illustrations  and have characters that you fall in love with.  It seems that lately I come across children's books that lack all these elements. Focusing mainly on passing the time and the use of words rather than being enjoyable. 

I wanted to create an every day hero for the readers.. A level of hero that maybe obtainable for the reader if they find them selves scared in the dark. Imagining Monsters is a story about Daven an every day little boy that finds a way to conquer one of the many every day challenges that children may face and relate to.

Digital Painting

 The beginning of page one

 Speed Drawing

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Rewards Based on Monster Level

(FREE upgrades on softcover and hardcover rewards) read about the book rewards below to learn more.

Key Chain Reward

This is a example of the key chains that I will be making. This is the first run! As we get closer to the goal I will post new key chains so people can pick which one they like. I modeled the shadow creature out of clay and then molded it with silicone. The final product as seen here is Black Onyx Plastic. Its super cute in person, my baby keeps stealing it from me. LOL

 Printable Color book pages

Several coloring book pages will be given with the digital artwork pack. Line weight has been increased to make a clean and ready to color page. They are formatted 8.5 x 11 so they are ready to be printed on your home printer. 

I have already printed out a few to color with my baby but she seems to want to eat the crayon more than color... :P

The Book

I plan to sign and number all copies of the book as well doodle a backer thank you surprise. It's a little something I am only doing for backers of this project.

Self publishing can be costly but keeping all rights to my artwork and stories are important to me. So thank you for understanding the tier pricing :). That is why I leave it up to you to decide if you would like to upgrade your rewards and in turn choosing how much of your pledge goes to supporting the cause. That is reason I have decided to not up cost of the additional upgrades on the softcover and hardcover rewards. I got a WAY better quote than I had before... and now I want to "pay it forward."

Softcover- 7 x 9 Softcover printed book or upgrade to a hardcover 7 x 9 at no additional cost. If its your reward then you get to choose :)

Hardcover- Books will be printed in size 10 x 12.5 with printed canvas cover, or you can choose the first edition10 x 12.5 black leather hard cover w/printed jacket at no additional cost.

Mini Book- Printed at size 3.5 x 5.25 with a printed cover text on one page pictures on the other. Cute for traveling with :P

Where is the Money Going?

 About DeadOn Studios and My self

I have been drawing long before my fist memories, showing passion and a love for art very early on. I have known since I was very little that I wanted to be a successful artist. My passion led me to graduate college with a BA in Media Arts and Animation. I have been working as a freelance artist for over 5 years now. I have worked as a Concept Artist, Art Director, 2D Animation, Graphic Designer, 3D Modeler, and Illustrator. While I have had creative positions since before and after graduation, I have had to work full time in retail since freelance jobs were very unstable.

This year, since the birth of my baby, it has thrown me in to overdrive to get my studio up and running DeadOn Studios llc. Which is one of my life goals to run my own creative agency to create the many stories that I have dream-pt up. I have had a few clients, but it really is off to a hard start. However many great companies start this way. That's why I am on KICKSTARTER this is my gamble, to make or break not only this project, but for a new beginning for my studio.

I am very grateful to every one that pledges and makes this project successful. You're not only making this book a reality you are making my dreams come true and assisting in my families future. I have big dreams, bigger than this one bedroom apartment can contain. I am ready to share my characters and creations with the world.

Thank you KICKSTARTER!!!!

Risks and challenges

Marketing has definitely been the biggest challenge yet, I had no idea the kind of time and effort that went into building awareness.

As far as the book goes the biggest challenge will be bringing the idea of silhouettes of objects into the room of the character. The book is about having an overactive imagination changing things like a stack of laundry, or a box full of toys into scary creatures. Then later in the book using those same silhouettes to create funny or silly variations of those creatures.

I know that I am up for the challenge and am swimming with great ideas I can't wait to dive in. I love to grow as an artist and I use each new project as a way to push my self to better my artwork.

As a new mom I also have the challenge of balancing time between my baby girl Cari and creating illustrative masterpieces.

I am not sure how I will overcome this one, since motherhood is a new thing in it's self. However I have a great support in my fiance and her daddy Corey Gobbo.. :) I can't wait to finish this book with large smiles and one day read it to my little one. Then tell her about the success of a dream through the support of a community, to make her book come into reality.

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    The Bridge Troll- Your name or a person's name of your choosing will be included on the dedication page next to the "Bridge Troll" Along with an animated .gif of Daven thanking you and a thank you email.

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    The Goblin- Digital copy of artwork/concept work for the book which comes with outline pages formatted ready your home printer for coloring and family fun. Credit on dedication page next to the "Goblin" Along with an animated .gif of Daven thanking you and a thank you email.

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    The Boogie Man- 3.5 x 5.25 Mini Book! Credit on the dedication page next to "The Boogie Man"Along with an animated .gif of Daven thanking you and a thank you email.

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    The Gremlin- Digital copy of the book and digital copy of artwork/concept work for the book. Your name or a person's name of your choosing on the dedication page next to the "Gremlin" in digital versions, company website and book if space allows. Along with an animated .gif of Daven thanking you and a thank you email.

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    The Ghost- Hand sculpted key chain Monster, Digital copy of the book and digital copy of artwork/concept work for the book. Credit on the dedication page next to the "Ghost" Along with an animated .gif of Daven thanking you and a thank you email.

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    Loch Ness Monster- 3.5 x 5.25 Printed Mini Book, Digital Wallpaper (Digital paintings to be use as wallpaper for your computer with signature from artist/writer) Key chain Monster, Digital copy of the book and digital copy of artwork/concept work for the book. Credit on dedication page next to the "Loch Ness Monster" Along with an animated .gif of Daven thanking you and a thank you email.

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    Big Foot UPGRADED- 7 x9 print of the book you choose either softcover or hardcover! Digital copy of the book and digital copy of artwork/concept work for the book. Credit on the dedication page next to "Big Foot" Along with an animated .gif of Daven thanking you and a thank you email.

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    The Werewolf- 7 x 9 Printed Copy of the book either softcover or hardcover! Digital Wallpaper, key chain Monster, Digital copy of the book and digital copy of artwork/concept work for the book. Credit on the dedication page next to the "Werewolf" Along with an animated .gif of Daven thanking you and a thank you email.

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    The Zombie- Original hand sketch of Daven with a monster signed by Artist/Author. 7 x 9 Printed Copy of the book choose either softcover or hardcover, Digital Wallpaper, key chain Monster, Digital copy of the book and digital copy of artwork/concept work for the book. Credit on the dedication page next to the "Zombie" Along with an animated .gif of Daven thanking you and a thank you email.

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    Frankenstein's Monster- 10 x 12.5 Hard Cover or First Edition leather bound book! Digital Wallpaper, Digital copy of the book and digital copy of artwork/concept work for the book.Credit on the dedication page next to the "Frankenstein" Along with an animated .gif of Daven thanking you and a thank you email.

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    The Vampire- 10 x 12.5 Hard Cover or first edition leather bound book. Digital Wallpaper, key chain Monster, Digital copy of the book and digital copy of artwork/concept work for the book. Credit on the dedication page next to the "Vampire" Along with an animated .gif of Daven thanking you and a thank you email.

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    The Alien- Perfect for a book store owner, children's book group, grandparent and much more. Four printed copies of the book along with the digital artwork/concept work for coloring fun. Four names, or your name/company name next to the "Alien" in the dedication pages in the digital copy of the book, DeadOn Studios website and in the printed book if space allows. An animated .gif of Daven thanking you and a thank you email.

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    The Shadow People/creatures- Original hand sketch of Daven with a monster signed by Artist/Author. 10 x 12.5 Hard cover or first edition leather bound book, Digital Wallpaper,key chain Monster, Digital copy of the book and digital copy of artwork/concept work for the book. Credit on the dedication page next to the "Shadow Creature" Along with an animated .gif of Daven thanking you and a thank you email.

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    The Grim Reaper- A personalized message to a loved one or person of your choosing, delivered to them by the main character Daven in the form of a 2d animation. Limited to 30 seconds and please kept the message appropriate (not for commercial use). This would be a great gift to a child to bring the book to life! 10 x 12.5 Hard Cover or first edition copy of the book. Digital Wallpaper, key chain Monster, 3.5 x 5.25 Mini Book, Digital copy of the book and digital copy of artwork/concept work for the book. Credit on dedication page next to the "Grim Reaper" Along with an animated .gif of Daven thanking you and a thank you email.

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