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Bringing Dreamworks Animation Artist, Mike Hernandez's plein air paintings together in a beautifully bounded, Cottonwood canvas book.
Bringing Dreamworks Animation Artist, Mike Hernandez's plein air paintings together in a beautifully bounded, Cottonwood canvas book.
375 backers pledged $21,322 to help bring this project to life.

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Mike plein air painting in LA
Mike plein air painting in LA

Hello, I'm Mike Hernandez. I'm a Production Designer at Dreamworks Animation. 

Whenever I am afforded a gap in my schedule, I go out and paint as much as I can- whether it is an industrial alley, the LA River, or the beautiful High Sierras. As an artist, I seek to find the unexpected in every painting I create, always striving to discover the muses of plein air. 

Mike's painting on a 6"x 6" Cottonwood cold press pad
Mike's painting on a 6"x 6" Cottonwood cold press pad

Through Kickstarter, I am proud to present you with my first art book. In collaboration with Cottonwood Arts, I'm bringing you a few of my favorite plein air pieces in a 6 inch by 6 inch, 14 page hardcover, hand-bound book. Each piece is printed at one-to-one scale on Cottonwood Arts' cold press paper, the exact paper I use for my plein air paintings. 

We wanted to print the books in a way that would maintain the integrity and spirit of the paintings, since we feel that so much of it can be lost in a traditionally printed book. For this I am asking for your support to raise $18,000 in order to make and print the books. Each book will be printed and bound by hand here in the United States. The funds raised will be used for materials, printing, and manufacturing of the art books and other rewards for our backers. 

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I hope you will discover the muses of plein air as well.

Thank you for your support!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge is completing the books in a timely manner. We want to showcase the beauty of the artwork, so each book is carefully bound by hand by Cottonwood Arts' small team. We're committed to providing the quality products backers are promised and are expecting, so to ensure consistent quality, we may have to work slower than anticipated.

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    The Supporter

    - One (1) Postcard: single print of Mike Hernandez's Artwork

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    The Enthusiast

    - Three (3) Postcards: prints of Mike Hernandez's Artwork.

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    - One (1) SIGNED copy of Mike Hernandez's Art Book

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    The Student

    - One (1) SIGNED copy of Mike Hernandez's Art Book
    - One (1) Limited Edition Mike Hernandez Paint Pad ( 14 sheets cold press sheets bounded )

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    The Protege

    - One (1) SIGNED copy of Mike Hernandez's Art Book
    - One (1) Limited Edition Mike Hernandez Paint Pad ( 14 sheets cold press sheets bounded )
    - One (1) 6"x 6" Cottonwood Arts Cold Press Paint Pad
    - One (1) 6"x 6" Cottonwood Arts Cold Press Paint Single Sheet Sets

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    *FOR US RESIDENTS ONLY*

    The Master

    - One (1) SIGNED copy of Mike Hernandez's Art Book
    - One (1) Limited Edition Mike Hernandez Paint Pad
    - Two (2) 6"x 6" Cottonwood Arts Cold Press Paint Pad
    - Two (2) 6"x 6" Cottonwood Arts Cold Press Paint Single Sheet Sets
    - Two (2) 5"x 7" Cottonwood Arts Cold Press Paint Pad
    - Two (2) 5"x 7" Cottonwood Arts Cold Press Paint Single Sheet Sets
    - One (1) 8"x 10" Cottonwood Arts Cold Press Paint Pad
    - One (1) 9"x 12" Cottonwood Arts Cold Press Paint Pad

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    The Devotee

    - One (1) ORIGINAL SKETCH by Mike Hernandez. Subject will be at Mike's discretion.
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    The Collector

    - One (1) ORIGINAL PAINTING by Mike Hernandez. Subject will be at Mike's discretion.
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    The Scholar

    - One (1) WORKSHOP DINNER with Mike. Backers will need to provide their own transportation to and from the Los Angeles area. Workshop date and time will be based on Mike's availability.
    - One (1) ORIGINAL PAINTING by Mike Hernandez. Subject will be at Mike's discretion.
    - One (1) ORIGINAL SKETCH by Mike Hernandez. Subject will be at Mike's discretion.
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    The Ultimate Devotee

    - One (1) PRIVATE PAINTING SESSION with Mike.

    - One (1) WORKSHOP and DINNER with Mike (attend the same group workshop from The Scholar tier). Backers will need to provide their own transportation to and from the Los Angeles area. Workshop date and time will be based on Mike's availability.
    - Three (3) ORIGINAL PAINTING by Mike Hernandez. Subject will be at Mike's discretion.
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