About this project
Have you always wanted to keep a sketch journal but aren't sure you have the time or skills? Would you benefit from instruction, motivation, and tuition to help you record the sights you see and the people and places that you visit?
As the answer to this, we at 3dtotal Publishing have created an inspiring artistic solution to enable you to carry your creativity around with you: How to Keep a Sketch Journal.
A sketch journal allows you to record what you see around you and visualize your inner thoughts. It can offer an opportunity for you to relax and contemplate, a space for you to experiment with new materials and ideas, and a memoir in which to chronicle your progress and store references.
You can use a sketch journal to record your pets, friends, meals, family, special events, and occasions; to remember something nice someone did for you today, something that inspired you, something that taught you a new trick; to collect ideas and try new things.
Following the success of the Sketch Workshop Kickstarter campaign, 3dtotal Publishing’s How to Keep a Sketch Journal package will help you follow your creative aspirations and unleash the artist within you. The project incorporates the informative How to Keep a Sketch Journal guide book teamed with high-quality sketch pads, quintessential artist tools, and a soft leather cover to wrap everything up as a compact artistic companion.
At 3dtotal we believe everyone has the potential to be creative, so How to Keep a Sketch Journal will help even the most beginner sketcher to unlock their inner artist, teaching you all the essential techniques to get your journal started – and how to keep it going!
The book will consist of four main sections with step-by-step guides covering the basics, watercolour techniques, pen and pencil techniques, and mixed media techniques. The specially selected artists behind the book will offer you advice and insights into their own work, as well as talking to you about some of their favourite techniques. The aim is to encourage you to discover how to keep a sketch journal in your own unique way.
Not all of us lead exciting lives jetting around the world so How to Keep a Sketch Journal will provide you with plenty of ideas for interpreting the most mundane day-to-day subjects as exciting visual expressions, from annotated sketches to multimedia drawings.
For those of you who are lucky enough to have landmarks like the Eiffel Tower at your doorstep, we’ll give you a glimpse into other artists’ sketch journals to give you ideas for optimizing and maintaining your visual diary. With its attractive hand-drawn feel, this A5-size book will give you all the knowledge, motivation, and confidence you’ll need!
Sketch wherever you go and carry your journal, tools, and How to Keep a Sketch Journal book with you! The soft, real leather cover is designed to be light and comfortable for you to carry wherever you are going. Slightly bigger than A5, it will neatly wrap up your sketch journal items while the leather ribbon will ensure your art tools are kept secure.
Of course, you'll also need your own, blank journal for you to start your sketching adventures in! We therefore have two journals for you to choose from to allow you to tailor the package to your needs and budget:
- An A5 hardback journal with 170gsm high-quality cartridge paper, ideal for sketching with pen and pencil - portrait orientation
- A Monsieur A5 soft leather cover premium journal with 200gsm watercolour paper - landscape orientation
Just select the pledge option that best suits you!
The tool set includes the basic HB pencil and a fineliner pen, plus a watercolour set and a water brush pen, so you’ll be able to add colour and your own distinct style to your journal.
We’ve carefully selected tools that are high quality yet practical enough to be used on the move. For example the handy water brush pen will make painting on location a breeze, without the inconvenience of having to wipe up spilled water.
Plus, as part of the watercolour set we'll include handy postcards displaying colour swatches and a colour wheel that can easily be tucked into one of the inside pockets of the leather cover, so you'll have all the essential information close to hand.
We created the How to Keep a Sketch Journal package as a beautiful and inspiring bundle for anyone who has ever thought about keeping a sketch journal or who just wants to find a new creative outlet, whatever your skill level. The range of pledge options means you can tailor the package to suit you.
We now have 11 different pledge options available:
#1 The book
Get the How to Keep a Sketch Journal book! A beautifully designed 112-page guide to teach you how to draw from life, indoors and out, using pens, pencils, watercolours, and mixed media. Its dinky size will make it your best friend on sketching days out!
#2 The book × 2
Buddy up! 1 copy of the How to Keep a Sketch Journal book for you plus another for a friend!
#3 The book + leather cover
Get the How to Keep a Sketch Journal book + an attractive soft leather cover to enable you to carry everything you need to sketch on the go!
#4 The book + leather cover + hardback journal
Get the How to Keep a Sketch Journal book + the leather cover + a hardback journal for you to start your sketch journal in. High-quality art paper in a case bound book to help you keep your sketches for years to come! And it fits perfectly in the leather cover along with your How to Keep a Sketch Journal guide book!
#5 The book × 3
Great gifts for your friends – 3 copies of the How to Keep a Sketch Journal book!
#6 The book + leather cover + premium watercolour journal
Get the How to Keep a Sketch Journal book + the leather cover + a luxury softcover watercolour pad for you to start a more colourful sketch journal in. The leather softcover offers a lovely rustic feel to help you feel inspired. Once again it all fits perfectly in the leather cover along with your How to Keep a Sketch Journal guide book!
#7 The full set (basic)
The basic full Sketch Journal set! Get the How to Keep a Sketch Journal book + the leather cover + the hardback journal + a selection of quality art tools: 1 watercolour travel set, 1 water brush pen, 1 HB pencil, 1 fineliner. A complete package to get you started on your sketching journey!
#8 The full set (premium)
The premium full Sketch Journal set! Get the How to Keep a Sketch Journal book + the leather cover + the luxury softcover watercolour pad + a selection of quality art tools: 1 watercolour travel set, 1 water brush pen, 1 HB pencil, 1 fineliner. A complete package with an added bit of luxury to get you started on your sketching journey!
#9 The book × 5
Start your own sketching group and get 5 copies of the How to Keep a Sketch Journal book.
#10 The premium full set + 4 additional premium watercolour journals
Bundle up on watercolour journals to make sure you have enough to keep you going! Get the How to Keep a Sketch Journal book + the leather cover + 5 luxury softcover watercolour pads + a selection of quality art tools: 1 watercolour travel set, 1 water brush pen, 1 HB pencil, 1 fineliner.
#11 The book × 10
Perfect bundle for the classroom! Get 10 copies of the How to Keep a Sketch Journal book.
We're also now giving you the opportunity to add up to five extra hardback and/or watercolour journals to your pledges, just in case you want to stock up on more than one!
And here are a couple of stretch goals as thanks for your support - both are now unlocked!!
We know what you’re thinking: this would make a perfect gift! If you'd like to gift any of the Sketch Journal tiers, we can send you an electronic gift card by email so that your loved ones will know their presents are on the way.
We ship worldwide! Simply select your favourite pledge option and your location and Kickstarter will calculate the shipping for you!
Shipping in the UK will be trackable; however shipping outside of the UK will be untracked. If you require a tracked solution for your rewards, please message us or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll provide a shipping quote.
What if my parcel gets lost?
In the event of lost orders in the mail (it happens!), we will offer to resend the order once for free, or alternatively you will have the option of a refund. Please note that we can only reship an order once if it is lost. If the second parcel is lost, we will not be able to offer a refund.
With the Sketch Workshop experience now firmly under our belts, we are already hard at work writing and commissioning content for the How to Keep a Sketch Journal book, while continuing to refine and make improvements to the leather cover to ensure it's as comfortable and easy to carry as it is good-looking. If we reach our funding goal in July, we will be able to finalise the cover for mass production, and we expect for our shipments of books and covers to arrive in early December, allowing us to ship to backers throughout the month of December.
As with any Kickstarter project, schedules can change depending on a variety of factors, however we have a lot of experience as publishers and Kickstarter creators, so we are confident we can stay on track. We will of course keep our backers up to date if any changes arise.
As a publisher of art books and tools specialising in computer graphics, we love that we can reach a new audience for traditional art through Kickstarter. We have met so many talented and inspiring people through the Kickstarter community already, and we hope to grow that network further still through the Sketch Journal project. Join us!
3dtotal Publishing is the maker of a library of successful educational books for digital artists, spanning a variety of subjects from digital painting for beginners to sculpting in ZBrush for professionals. Behind 3dtotal Publishing is the 3dtotal.com website, which has been around for the last 15 years offering artists and hobbyists helpful free tutorials and insightful articles to aid them with their digital art triumphs.
We’ve been working with all genres of artist since 1999 to create instructional and inspirational art books, tutorials, eBooks, magazines and more. It’s safe to say that we are a well-respected publisher and resource site and we pride ourselves on this reputation. We have already launched a host of successful Kickstarter projects, including:
- Prime Wars (card game)
- Male anatomical reference figure
- 404: Law Not Found (board game)
- e338: The Art of Loic Zimmermann (art book)
- The Sketch Workshop
- Female anatomical reference figure
- Male and female planar anatomical statues, plus full écorché, nude and biosuit editions!
- Wizard's Academy (board game)
A big thanks to 3dtotal's Az Pishneshin for his brilliant photography and camera work, to Marisa Lewis for her hard work on the illustrations and for being so wonderful to film, and to everyone who has helped to test the How to Keep a Sketch Journal package in order to make it the practical solution it has become.
Risks and challenges
The challenge is to show you the benefits of keeping a sketch journal and teach you how to start and maintain one. To achieve this we’ve worked really hard as a team to discuss ideas about what will work and what won’t. We hope that as a result we’ll be able to offer you something useful and inspiring to help you start a new artistic adventure!
As always with books, the challenge is to get everything written, edited, proofed, designed and printed on time. We are becoming well practised in dealing with the hiccups and panic moments that come up during book production, so we will be doing our utmost to ensure your rewards are delivered on time.
With the other elements involved, such as the leather cover and journal pads, we need to make sure we keep up to date with the manufacturers we are using to ensure everything comes together at the end. We gained some good experience of this with the Sketch Workshop campaign, so we are optimistic that we’ll be able to use this to help everything run smoothly! If any problems do occur though we’ll keep you in the loop with regular updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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