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IF THERE'S A WAY OUT | an artbook by Brandon Stewart

If there's a way out of anxiety and panic, it's through a door I create.

IF THERE'S A WAY OUT | an artbook by Brandon Stewart

If there's a way out of anxiety and panic, it's through a door I create.

$2,961
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 1 2019 6:59 AM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 9, 2019

About

I've had anxiety for as long as I can remember.

Like most children, I was scared of the dark, unsettled by shadows, afraid of the hallway after bedtime. All of those places were where monsters lived.

It wasn't monsters I was scared of though. It was the unknown. Monsters were just how my mind made sense of it. Most childhood fears are reasoned away by grown-up thoughts, but adulthood has its own collection of worries.

Responsibilities, expectations, commitments; these are just new masks on old monsters. When my heart races or skips a beat, or if I get shaky and nervous with an impulse to run, I have to remind myself that monsters don't exist.

I do this by drawing- by giving the feeling shape I can give some finite form to the infinite unknown.

If there's a way out, it's through a door I create.

There are two editions of IF THERE'S A WAY OUT: Deluxe (hardcover) Edition and Trade (softcover) edition. Both measure 10.75x8" (landscape) and are 120 pages, filled with drawings, sketches, and paintings.

The DELUXE Limited Edition: This hardcover volume is bound in black cloth and stamped with black foil for the cover and spine. The Deluxe Edition of IF THERE'S A WAY OUT comes signed and numbered. EVERY DELUXE EDITION COMES WITH A REMARQUE (a small original sketch within the book). Limited to 100 copies! 

(this is a mock-up of what the Deluxe (Hardcover) Edition will look like)

The inside for both the Trade and Deluxe Editions of the book will be produced in full color (even if the art itself is black and white). Full color printing produces clearer, deeper blacks and smoother gradation.  Each volume is printed on heavy-stock paper (100lb gloss).

(this is a mock-up of what the book inside will look like. Deluxe (Hardcover) Edition shown)

The TRADE Edition: The Softcover (Trade) Edition of IF THERE'S A WAY OUT is printed with the same production value of the Deluxe Edition. The cover is printed on a heavy matte cover stock (12pt C1S) with Spot UV (clear gloss) for the title and spine text.

(this is a mock-up of what the Trade (Softcover) Edition will look like)

Each piece is titled with either the exact time of the anxiousness, or with a few words that came to mind when the panic set in.

All artwork for IF THERE'S A WAY OUT is created in graphite, acrylic, ink, and ink wash. 

(click the images for more artwork that will be in the book)

The VIDEOS: Time-lapse drawings from the project.

As of pre-launch (September 25th, 2019) this project is about 70% complete. I have piles of artwork and sketches to sift through to make the final decision of which ones will be in the book. I will be adding more art as the campaign progresses - I'll be sure to post here as pieces are finished. 

Timetable:

  •  October 1-31st, 2019: Campaign duration 
  •  November-December 2019: Final art selection, scanning and book layout 
  •  December 2019-January 2020: Make book print ready and send files to printer- book production is 7-14 days for softcover and 6-7 weeks for hardcover assuming there are no issues or major corrections in book layout
  •  Mid-Late January 2020: Softcover books are signed, remarques are added, each book packed (with appropriate goodies) and shipped to you all!
  •  February-March 2020: Hardcover books begin shipping!

Your generous contribution to this campaign goes toward:

  • Book printing and production/ISBN and barcode (about 85%)
  • Shipping/packaging supplies (about 5%)
  • Print supplies (about 2.5%)
  • Kickstarter/PayPal/Tax fees (about 7.5%) 

Here are the rewards for your generous contribution to this project.

THE BOOK:

Deluxe (hardcover) Edition and Trade (softcover) Edition books.

ANYONE THAT PLEDGES ON OR ABOVE ANY OF THE BOOK REWARD TIERS  ($30 or more) WILL HAVE THEIR NAME PRINTED ON A SPECIAL THANK YOU PAGE IN THE BACK OF THE BOOK.

 ORIGINAL ART:

Drawings: Original drawings are in graphite and acrylic on paper. Unframed (I do this to keep the shipping costs lower, especially for pledges outside of the US). The drawings below are in the book.

(red dot indicates that the piece is spoken for)

Save a Tree: These 9 original ink paintings on 4.5x6.7" paper (unframed) will be assigned on a first pledge, first pick basis. The Save a Tree series will appear in both Editions of the book.

(red dot indicates that the piece is spoken for)

PRINTS:

If There's a Way Out - Exclusive print collection: All prints are 8x10" on fine art paper with the exception of WHAT ONCE WAS which is an 8x8" print. Signed and exclusive to this Kickstarter campaign.

(1) Tears Only Feed It (2) As Above (3) Mono No Aware (4) Diffuse (5) What Once Was (6) The Gardener
Example prints.

Risks and challenges

With a project of this undertaking there are a lot of moving parts. I have made every effort to plan accordingly and make lists upon lists so I'm not missing any crucial steps along the way. I've done a huge amount of research and asked the best people for insights on how to make this run as smoothly as possible so I feel confident in the successful completion of this campaign. In the event that any setbacks or variables arise, I'll make sure all of you who have graciously taken part in this project will know what's going on as soon as I do and how any unforeseen glitch in the system will be corrected.

Thank you all so much for believing in me enough to support this project!

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