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This book includes tutorials and painting walk-throughs, teaching some of my basic techniques for digital painting.

Digital Painting Techniques by Tanya Varga

About the book

Digital Painting Techniques includes basic tutorials, step-by-step walkthroughs of my painting process and a gallery section including some of my best artwork. Though this book mostly covers digital painting techniques in Adobe Photoshop, the knowledge obtained can also be applied to other digital painting applications as well.

This book is ideal for those getting started with digital painting and for those who are interested in learning more about my techniques.

Here is a list of some of the subjects that will be covered in this book:

  • Custom brushes.
  • Lighting and color.
  • Painting an animal human hybrid.
  • Painting a simple landscape.
  • Space, stars and planets.
  • Painting cloth and texture.
  • Creating/painting patterns and adding them to textiles.
  • Painting the elements (fire, ice, water, earth etc).
  • Painting fur, feathers, scales, etc.
  • Jewelry and metal chains.
  • Horror, blood, wounds, etc.
  • Portraits and facial features.

Why I created this book

When I first discovered digital painting, I was very grateful and inspired by all of the wonderful resources I discovered from other artists such as books, tutorials and tools. My goal with this book is to do the same and to help, and possibly inspire, other artists. I want to give back something of what I've learned over the years to those just starting out. I'm very excited about this project and by publishing this book, I would not only give others a chance to get a glimpse of my artistic process and knowledge, but it would also greatly help me on my path to reaching my greater goals as an artist.

Why Kickstarter?

This book is now finished but the costs for printing, editing, distributing and marketing are far beyond what I can afford. Since I plan to self publish, I will need to manage and fund these costs myself.

Rewards

By backing this project, you are not only helping to support it, but you also have a chance to get some great rewards as well - many of which will only be available to backers here on Kickstarter. Some of the rewards include bonus videos, brushes, prints, copies of the book, and an eBook copy which will not be available to purchase after this project is complete.

The largest pledge amount includes a custom portrait with the option of having it printed in a special thank you section of the book. For your portrait I could paint you as a fantasy creature of your choosing such as a zombie, vampire, monster, alien witch/wizard or fairy. You may also choose to have the portrait be of a loved one or pet.

Disclaimer: The custom portraits may be used for personal and non commercial use only. To create your portrait I will need a digital photo which shows your face in clear enough detail. At least a 4 x 6 (in focus) shot of your head and shoulders. 8 x 10 and larger photos are preferred.

Stretch goals

  • $5,000+ would cover the basic costs.
  • $10,000+ would allow for more extensive marketing, a larger print run, wider distribution and I would also add more content to the book.
  • $15,000+ would cover all of the above (with even more content added) and work on a second project which would be an art book featuring many new paintings, short stories and more painting process walkthroughs. 
  • $20,000+ would cover everything above as well as finishing and publishing the second book.

With whatever goal that is reached, I'd be very grateful for any support given to this project. I have been working on this for quite a while now, and my dream is to finally see it published and for others to learn and be inspired from it.

If I don't reach my goal

Unfortunately, if I can't reach my goal I won't be able to publish this book. The base goal of $5,000 is a limited amount, but it would still allow me to cover the basic costs, hire an editor and print the book in a limited quantity for those interested in it. If this project earns over $5,000  I will be able to properly market and distribute this book to a wider audience.

Thanks everyone!

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. I think that Kickstarter provides a wonderful opportunity for projects like mine and I'm happy and grateful for this ability to share my project with the community.

To see more of my work please visit my website at http://www.cellesriaart.com

You may also follow me on Facebook and Twitter at the links below.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cellesria

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cellesria

If you have any questions regarding this book, please feel free to email me at tanya@cellesriaart.com

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I have done a lot of research prior to launching this campaign in regards to fees, printing, marketing and distribution. I have set a deadline of June 2013 to give myself enough time to complete the project as well as fulfill all of the Kickstarter backer rewards. There are a few challenges that remain, however.

The first challenge (in order of difficulty), is if people are displeased with their rewards - specifically with the portraits. To counter this, I have allotted at least one month to each portrait and will give the option for up to 5 revisions. Since I have been commissioned for portraits before, this is something I have experience with.

The second challenge is that people may be displeased with the book itself. This includes two groups: backers and the general public. Hopefully, the people backing this Kickstarter will represent the base of customers that will be interested in this book to begin with. I am confident, however, that given the description and details I have provided in this Kickstarter campaign, people will have a good idea what they're getting for their money.

The final challenge, after fulfilling rewards, is that the book still wouldn't sell very well either due to a marketing failure or general disinterest. As a result, I could be left with stacks of books in storage. As mentioned earlier, if people aren't interested in this book, this campaign will likely do poorly anyway. I will have to market this campaign to a similar audience as I would be marketing the book to. If this campaign does well, however, it would at least be indicator that this project has potential.

Regarding books being left in storage, I will only be printing small bulk orders at a time. I've decided not to go with such popular services as Lulu and Createspace due to their limited printing and customization options (as well as generally higher prices per book print). It's imperative to keep my pricing fair and printing economical to compete with similar prices seen in major book stores. Even though this will be limited in print, I don't want people to feel like they're paying too much. Some services I'm considering on using are 48 Hour Books and Mill City Press.

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