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A collaborative artbook featuring magical illustrations, wondrous narratives,  and artistic insights.
A collaborative artbook featuring magical illustrations, wondrous narratives, and artistic insights.
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Encounters with the Imaginary collects artwork from twenty talented artists from across the globe. While it was conceived as an anthology that focused on a variety of legendary creatures, it has since transformed into an opportunity to learn about a mythical creature that walks among us: Artists.

The twenty of us met online and bonded quickly. In January, it was suggested that we work together on a collaborative project that would allow us to keep our artistic momentum going. After a few weeks of discussion the foundation of Encounters with the Imaginary had been laid, and we’ve been working hard on it since. We enjoyed those first months working together so much that we decided to incorporate, and formed Boneshaker Press, an artist collective focused on unlocking the potential of ourselves and our peers.

Encounters with the Imaginary will be our first release, and we are so excited to get it into your hands! 

Thank you for checking us out! 

If you’re looking for ways to help, we’d really appreciate your sharing our campaign on social media, with your friends, and anywhere else you think would help. 

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First and foremost Encounters with the Imaginary is a book about creatures. And like any great creature, what makes it interesting is what it’s made of, and how it’s put together.

Printed with a 12”x9” perfect bound softcover, Encounters with the Imaginary is an art book meant to be read. We decided very early in the production cycle to produce a book that we would enjoy and be proud to share with our supporters. We want this to be a book you love spending time in, consuming every beautifully reproduced, full color illustration, over and over.

 

 

The interior of the book is split into 5 themed chapters, which each contain four artists’ work. Each of the five chapters opens with an oversize (18”x9”) collaborative illustration which two artists paired up to create for the chapter.

Each chapter has its own overarching theme based on the creatures found within. That’s followed by a short investigation of the types of creatures included in the chapter and a bio page dedicated to the four artists who produced the work for the chapter.

 

 

Every artist was asked to choose a creature to paint that inspired them, and to create two spreads. And because all of our artists chose to produce two double page spreads, each chapter is 20 pages long, making for an artbook that brings you over 110 pages of content! The first two-page spread is comprised of a short piece of narrative text that accompanies the final illustration. We’ve got everything from short stories and poetry to log books and excerpts, and each one sits beside a gorgeous full page, full color illustration.

Where the first spread is an opportunity for the artist to demonstrate their skill, the second spread gives a brief glimpse into the hard work required to achieve such a spectacular result. The second spread is filled with behind-the-scenes artwork. Everything from initial creature sketches, to thumbnails, and value comps. It also includes a discussion of the artist’s experience creating the piece.

We wanted to do something different with Encounters with the Imaginary. Instead of focusing on technique, we shine a light on aspects of the artist’s life that don’t get much attention: the hidden obstacles between an idea and its execution, the constant struggle to improve, and the elation that comes when you realize how far you have come.

And that’s our book! At this point the majority of the work is complete. All of the artist submissions are in, and the book is designed. We’re down to slotting in a few chapter images, writing an introduction, and one last round of polishing. All of which will be finished before the Kickstarter ends. Come September we’ll take the book to our printer Thomson-Shore, and build the survey so that we can submit orders for all of the great extras we’ve offered. A few of us will also be nose-to-the-grindstone busy producing the creature drawings. The goal is to have every aspect of the campaign fulfilled in October, but you’ll see we stated November as our estimated delivery to give ourselves a little wiggle room.

 

This is the first art anthology produced by Boneshaker Press, a great team made up of these amazing artists! Each one of us has spent years, if not decades, honing our skills and we’re so excited to be able to bring all that experience together in this project.

Contributors, left to right: Sarah Mills, Sara Burke, Ryan James, Nick Jizba, Sydni KrugerMatt Gilson, Magali Mebsout, Lisa Lindsay, Linda Lithén, André MeisterKristen Schwartz, Kira Slaght, Karlen Tam, Jeszika Le Vye, Carolyn ArcabascioGarrett McGill, Evan Winston, Dominick Carachilo, David Joyce, Cassandra Mazur

 

 Rewards explanation. As mentioned above, the book is ready to be assembled, but it’s your help that will bring it to life! Below you will find an illustrated menu of all our tier options. And for those who like to customize their rewards “just so” scroll a little further to see our selection of Add ons.

 

 

 For those of you who’d like a little more Boneshaker in your lives! Backers who have pledged $25 or more can add items from the Add On menu by adding the corresponding amount to their pledge. You can edit your pledge amount by clicking the “manage my pledge” button on the right (or back this project, if you haven’t pledged yet). For example if you’re backing at the $35 tier, but would like to add on a print, all you need to do is increase your pledge by $25, making it $60. We will send out a survey when the campaign is finished to confirm your add-on choices and collect any other information we may need.

 

 

 

The artwork and content is complete, so all pledges will go towards covering printing, distribution, and other fees incurred during production. Any funds beyond that will be split evenly between our contributing artists.

 

 Thank you for your support. If you’ve enjoyed our campaign, we welcome you to share it on social media.  


You can also learn more about us and our plans for the future by visiting Boneshakerpress.net. And please don’t hesitate to contact us here, or elsewhere if you’ve got questions. We’d love to hear from you!

 

Learn more about Boneshaker Press on our website!
Learn more about Boneshaker Press on our website!

 

Risks and challenges

The book is almost done. Each artist has finished their illustration, text, and WIP images. All that's left is to write the introduction, bio's and a few other short blurbs. We expect to have everything complete, and ready to send to the printers, in the first half of September.

However, this is the first time we've printed (and kickstarted!) a book, which means that everything from this point on is new to us. We're a pretty organized group, and we've made an effort to expect the unexpected (yes, we DID plan for the possibility of the print shop bursting into flames, AND we have resources in place for the unfortunate possibility of the only 2 members of the communication team, who live in different countries, being simultaneously abducted by aliens) but as they say "you don't know what you don't know".

We're a group of 20 passionate artists, who will have spent close to a year working on this book when all is said and done. We're so excited to share it with you!

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