In 2012, I went to Germany for the first time. It was the trip of a lifetime, hiking the Black Forest and hearing cowbells in the Alps. It was in Nuremberg that I saw a little carving of a German Shepherd puppy wearing a police uniform. Immediately I wondered who this character was. What was the world where he lived like? What was a typical day in his life? I pictured many scenarios in my head, and I knew I would have loved this story as a child.
Wanting to share these imaginings, I created a book. I am not a writer by trade. I am a character animator and I tell stories with pictures. I set about making over 24 original watercolor paintings illustrating a day in the life of this German Shepherd police dog, and the words followed.
"Make what you want to see in the world", as the saying goes. I have worked on many projects for other people but this one is wholly mine. I am excited to introduce Officer Voof to you!
A graduate of California Institute of the Arts' Character Animation program, I have worked in children's educational software, games, television and film for over 25 years. Clients include Disney, Warner Brothers, DC, Target, and Mattel. My focus is designing new characters and animating characters old and new. Online portfolio at tracyreynolds.net.
From digital wallpapers and social media stickers, all the way up to custom pet portraits, there's something for everyone. Just a single dollar grants access to live art streams where I'll be drawing and painting both digitally and with real media.
I found a manufacturer that makes plush with impressive quality at a good price. I'd love to be able to offer these as a companion to the book. If we can reach $5,600 and this stretch goal gets funded, there will be an additional reward tier added so you can get both the book and the plush.
I also have a lot more material that didn't make it into the book. When I first came up with the idea for the story it took some convoluted paths, sometimes darker ones! I also have photographs, sketches and notes from my time in Germany, more than enough material for an art book. This book would be saddle-stitched with a UV gloss softcover. If we reach $6,700 and this stretch goal gets funded, there will be additional reward tiers added so you can get both book, plush and art book; or even all three.
I thought it'd be a nice idea to give a chunk of any extra book profits to a charity. The charity I've chosen is Mission K9 Rescue. From their website, https://missionk9rescue.org/, "Mission K9 Rescue is a non profit organization dedicated to the service of retiring and retired Military Working Dogs and Contract Working Dogs." If the campaign reaches the stretch goal of $7,500, I'll donate $500 to Mission K9 Rescue.
I have a few ideas for additional merchandise. Sticker sheets, embroidered patches, acrylic charms, and Christmas cards. Backers will be able to vote for their choices on what should be made and offered! If this stretch goal gets funded, additional reward tiers offering all the merchandise will be added.
Risks and challenges
The artwork, typography and layout of the book is 100% done. Everything is being handled by myself, one person.
The only other party involved is the printer, PrintNinja. I suppose something bad could happen with them, they could go out of business suddenly and run off with the money, or their estimate calculator could be WAY off and there'd be a discrepancy. But really, the odds of these things happening are so remote I hesitate to even mention them, but mention them I must.
The books are being printed in China and shipping is estimated to be at least six weeks, with the potential longer delay if they're held up in customs.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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