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This is a story about a girl who can draw. When her classmates discover this, her journey begins.
This is a story about a girl who can draw. When her classmates discover this, her journey begins.
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A story for "class artists" everywhere.

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Who: Hello! I'm an art teacher and artist. I also love writing stories. I've been writing and illustrating them since I was a child, and I am going to self-publish this one, which is very special to me!

What: I Heard You Can Draw is an illustrated, rhyming children's book that I created. It is about a grade school student who becomes the unofficial "class artist" when her classmates discover that she can draw. This causes something unexpected to happen, making her reconsider how she uses this special talent.

Where: My goal is to print this book in a small size of 6"x9" which is perfect for this little, dear-to-my-heart story. I will print 500 copies and donate them to art classrooms and libraries throughout the Tampa Bay area. If this project reaches more than the goal, even MORE "class artists" will get to read them! :)

When: I hope to get this project funded in the next 60 days and then start the printing process. I am aiming for this to be finished by March of 2014. 

Why: I really feel like students, especially little artists, will love this story and  have a book that they can relate to. It's not only my dream to publish this book, but I think it's important for aspiring artists to create whatever their hearts desire, which is what this book is about.

How: I can't do this alone! If you are interested in helping me get this book into classrooms and libraries, you will be rewarded with the gifts that I'm giving away for each level of support. These include postcards, signed copies of the first edition, and original artwork.

**The first time I launched this project on Kickstarter I raised 45% of my goal!! But time ran out before I could reach 100%, so I'm re-launching it now.** http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1854121043/a-story-for-class-artists-everywhere

The illustrations:

One day in class I couldn't concentrate. So I was drawing a picture that my teacher had to confiscate.
One day in class I couldn't concentrate. So I was drawing a picture that my teacher had to confiscate.
She held up my drawing in front of the class and said, "If you draw while I talk, you will not pass!"
She held up my drawing in front of the class and said, "If you draw while I talk, you will not pass!"
She placed my drawing face down on her chair, but the whole class had seen it, and my story starts there.
She placed my drawing face down on her chair, but the whole class had seen it, and my story starts there.
The next day a boy came over and said, "I heard you can draw. Will you make me a monster's head?"
The next day a boy came over and said, "I heard you can draw. Will you make me a monster's head?"
When I gave him the drawing, he thought it was cool! He showed it to everyone in the entire school.
When I gave him the drawing, he thought it was cool! He showed it to everyone in the entire school.

The generous funding from Kickstarter will be used for the following:

- Printing the first edition of the book

- Shipping fees

- ISBN Number

- Kickstarter & Amazon fees

- Gifts for donors

- And all things and fees related to the publishing and distribution process to make this happen

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Pledge #4: A custom charcoal drawing like this:

Pledge #5: Portrait painting example:

Risks and challenges

My goal is to finish this in a year but delays are always a possibility in any stage of this project. I will keep everyone posted.

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    I will mail you a signed postcard of an illustration from the book!

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    A postcard and a signed copy of the first edition!

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    Two signed copies of the first edition (one to give as a gift and one to keep) and one of my original concept drawings. Even though I changed the way I illustrated the final book, these are nice little illustrations on 6"x9" 140lb cold press, acid free watercolor paper. (See an example in the video). I am giving away 5.

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    Three signed copies of the first edition of my book, five postcards, and a custom portrait (of you or someone else) in charcoal. Head and shoulders on paper. See an example on the left.

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    Five signed copies of the first edition, 10 postcards, and a custom oil painting (of you or someone else). Head and shoulders on 18" x 24" canvas. See example on left.

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