Hello, My name is...
Hi, I'm Sandy. I write and draw books that provide inspiration and encouragement and teach people how to be creatively confident.
What was I thinking!?
It's NOT a mid-life crisis... maybe more of a teenage rebellion (30 years late)... but I am going back to school to get my Masters in Applied Cartooning. This is a very tough program and I am both terrified and out-of-my-mind excited!
So what is my Kickstarter Project?
My Project, "Glyphs & Glitches," is a blog of my adventures (mis-adventures?) in cartoon school. If you choose to join me on my journey, you'll explore the challenges of going back to school at a.... umm... later time in one's life, making new friends, getting an apartment after living in one's own house for almost 20 years, moving to another state, commuting back and forth and figuring out how to parent kids who may or may not be in another state, depending on the day of the week. Phew!
Oh, yes, and you'll also learn cool techniques and fascinating ideas, meet interesting artists, see behind the scenes of projects and possibly have a front-row seat for my nervous breakdown. Hey - it's almost like reality-TV... but a blog. Or a documentary adventure. Blog-thing. With comics. And reviews, and step-outs. And maybe some video. And things to download and color!
Why do this?
• I love writing and illustrating! Especially childrens' books, creativity books and drawing books. I've written and illustrated eight books so far and been a part of a bunch of others.
• Crossing boundaries between art forms - i.e.: graphic design and Zentangle and illustration and comic books - gets me SO excited. And I'm constantly looking for new things to learn. And then mash-up.
• I'd like to create more books and self-publish them. The first step is to learn the skills that I feel I am missing - to learn the things I don't know that I don't know! Back to school!
• The first year is really tough - a "boot camp." But if I can survive, I'll learn not only more drawing and writing techniques, but computer, production, and marketing skills as well.
• I need the accountability of you, my blog readers, to get out of bed in the morning and go to class. Seriously - knowing I can share all this amazing knowledge with you all at the end of the day IS my reason for doing what I do.
Who are the characters in my neighborhood?
Sandy (Me!) - I have been an illustrator my entire life. I drew on walls as a kid, did cartoons for a local newspaper as a teen, and started sending out my children's book manuscripts when I was 15. I also wanted to be an Egyptologist (like Indiana Jones). I went to Brown University for the archaeology, then transferred to the School of Visual Arts in NYC, then back to Providence for Rhode Island School of Design, where I got my BFA in Illustration, in 1992. Next stop is the Center for Cartoon Studies for my Masters.
Lilah - my 8 year old daughter, art director, collaborator and character designer. She is the creator of the world famous "Lilah Beans"- our lovable, but sneaky minions who find their way into everything, especially artwork, and the cookie jar.
Minou - our compact, sweet, slightly klutzy Studio Cat. An excellent paperweight and leg warmer, her place of supreme contentment is sleeping with her head inside my son's sneakers.
Alex - my son - is going off to college, so I don't know if he will feature much in the blog. But he is a language, music, physics, history, etc. kind of guy. And awesome big brother.
My mom - Kay - the retired medical examiner, will be trying to hold down the fort while I am away. Although, we may see her often. In college, she visited me every weekend, no matter how far away I went!
You: "What's in it for me?"
You get the experience of going to Cartoon School without the stress, sleepless nights, spilled ink, and lack of talent!
You: "Cool. But what do I get?"
$10 - THANKS Everyone at this level and higher gets their name on the list of Project Backers on the blog.
$25 - FRIENDS! Everyone at this level and higher will get the "Glyphs and Glitches" blog sent directly to their email inbox.
$50 - DIGITAL FRIENDS get all three of my Inspiration Sketchbook pdfs to download. The three ebooks are "The Tangles of Kells," "The Tangles of Santa Fe," and "The Bauble Tree."
UPDATE - Good News! Everyone over the $50 level will also get the three digital downloads! Whoo-hoo!
$100 - FRIENDS with GOODIES will get a little box stuffed with Stuff! Including: Signed copies of "The Tangles of Kells" and "The Tangles of Santa Fe" books, a pack of AlphaTangled cards, tattoos, stickers, pins, rubber stamps... and anything else that might fit. (I've had a lot of different businesses, so lots to choose from!) I've limited the goody boxes to 30 so I can make them really great! I expect to have these mailed out in September or October, depending on how many there are.
$150 - STUDIOMATES will join me for a monthly blog "Open Studio". You can submit your questions, art problems, thoughts... throughout the month, and I'll do my best to answer as many as I can on the blog. I am hoping for 9 blog Open Studios (school year is Sep.-May).
$200 - STUDIOMATES... with GOODIES will join me for a monthly blog "Open Studio" AND I'll send you a little box stuffed with Stuff!
$250 - STUDIOMATE V.I.P.s can take part in the Open Studio each month. V.I.P.s will also get 1 hour of my undivided attention - through FaceTime or through emails. I'll be your creativity coach, Zentangle guru, or encouraging elementary art teacher. Whatever you are struggling with - from publishing questions to how to shade your piece of art to brainstorming your craft room layout. I'll spill my thoughts, sketch, or even shoot a video if you need the visual help. Need an open mind to share a "crazy" ("cool, unusual...") idea? I'll listen. [Note: this is one hour total, not one hour every month. However, you could break it up into shorter sessions- like having "Sandy-on-call." ] You have until the end of April 2016 to use your hour. And yes, it is perfectly ok to ask a question "for a friend."
$250 - CARTOON YOU • I'll create a cartoon avatar of you! Use it for social media or on your calling cards (any non-commercial use). You can decide if you want a full figure or just head and shoulders. Send me at least 4 clear photos and let the fun begin! The final image will be sent to you as a jpeg, so no postage is necessary.
$250 - SHAMELESS PLUG - I'll put an ad/link for you, your business, or your product on the blog. Creativity is welcome! The ad will stay on the blog until May 2016.
$650 - The Shameless PUG really likes you! I'll put an ad/link for you AND I'll review your product (book, website, whatever you like) on the blog AND I'll include it (the product) or you, in a comic strip, and post it on the blog. [Note: for reviews, I'll need a sample of the item. I'd particularly love to "review" a new iMac, a large format scanner, and a fuel efficient car!] You have until March 2016 to claim your Pug.
$3,000 - BACKSTAGE PASS - At this level, you are a very good friend, close family... or a stalker. Either way, you can't stay at my apartment! But, I will put you up at The Hotel Coolidge (good example of a Shameless Plug!), for a night. I'll take you out for lunch - BBQ? Turkish? Food co-op? And then I'll show you behind the scenes at the Cartoon School! You'll get to see the studios and such rarities as the kind-of-creepy-but super-cool cartoon graffiti bathroom! That's not for kids though. Some of those drawings bring new meaning to "bathroom humor"! ...And other exciting sites. I'll also give you a Cartoon School tote bag or some other memento of the lovely day. And, depending on the day you visit - you may get to attend other intriguing events, like a film night or a visiting artist lecture. And yes, you can bring a friend, spouse, or kid. Or two. But not two spouses. That's just wrong. You have until May 2016 to use your reward. This level also has Studiomate status so you can take part in the blog Open Studios.
$4,000 - The COLLECTOR - You just KNOW that someday my art will be famous, right? Especially with all the skills I will learn at Cartoon School! You can start your collection while my art is still affordable. ;-) You will get an original, fabulous, framed piece of my Zentangle art! This piece uses black, brown and sepia inks as well as white chalk - on handmade lokta paper. It is professionally framed. Big and impressive! Just the way art should be. It might even match your sofa.
The Baron is not included. He is a character from my rubber stamp line, and volunteered to help show scale.
Here is a close up of the piece:
Just how difficult is it to get into cartoon school?
Really hard! Here is the fun part of my application - the Application Comic. We were required to do at least a three page comic including a snowman, a robot, and a piece of fruit...
If you missed out on the Kickstarter project, you can still join the adventure on the Glyphs & Glitches blog. Join at www.Bumblebat.com.
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk to completing my project (other than an early demise) is dropping out of school. However, if that did happen - I would continue to blog about it - and I imagine the reasons for leaving school would also make for some very juicy blog posts!
As for the rewards - there might be a problem if everyone who wants my individual attention decides they want it at the same time. In that case, I would hand out numbers - from early Backers to late Backers, breath into a paper bag, and get to work in an orderly manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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