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"Our Fathers" is a series of highly detailed charcoal and graphite drawings of the Milky Way Galaxy's most captivating celestial bodies

Austin, TX Painting
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Hello everyone! My name is Whitfield. I'm an artist living and working out of Austin, TX, and this is my first Kickstarter project. First off, thanks for stopping by! Whether you become a backer or not, I genuinely appreciate you taking the time to look at what I've put together. Secondly, my VIDEO will be posted shortly, so if you like what you see, then be sure to keep an eye out for it in the following days.

Completed drawings of "Jupiter" and "Half Moon" (December, 2012)
Completed drawings of "Jupiter" and "Half Moon" (December, 2012)

Summary:

"Our Fathers" (art of heaven), is a series of original, highly detailed charcoal and graphite drawings of planets, moons, and stars. Everyone who buys an original drawing will receive ALL of the following: 1. Descriptive email updates as the project moves along (including photographs of my process and more), 2. High resolution PDF copies of ALL finished drawings, 3. An original, framed, signed drawing of your choice, 4. A photo-journal of your EXACT drawing, from pencil sketch outline all the way to completion, and finally, 5. A small note about your image in particular (when, where, and how the image was photographed, as well as a few fun facts and figures regarding the planet, moon, or star itself). The completed drawings will look like this (these are drawings I've already finished and framed):

"Solar Eclipse," and "Half Moon," framed in black (December, 2012)
"Solar Eclipse," and "Half Moon," framed in black (December, 2012)

Why am I doing this?

I've been passionate about art for nearly twenty years now, and I've been drawing and painting for as far back as I can remember. I've never pursued art professionally, though I've always dreamed of doing it. Recently I've been creating art for my own home and I've had several people express interest in my work. I've done some work for a few friends, and it's made me happy. I would love to continue doing it, not just for friends, but professionally. This is where Kickstarter comes in -- Kickstarter provides me with the perfect opportunity to take my first step into the professional art space by selling my artwork directly to You, my potential backer.

Below is a close up image of a study for "Half Moon" (12 x 12"):

Detail of "Half Moon," (December 2012)
Detail of "Half Moon," (December 2012)

(Note: for additional details surrounding the project -- including several more pictures of completed drawings -- simply scroll down towards the bottom of the page.)

What inspired me?

Several months ago I started following the "Astronomy Picture of the Day." It's become a habit for me to check the website daily (check it out, it's awesome! http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html) and I'm always amazed at how truly bizarre and yet incredibly beautiful the images are. As I was thinking of what theme my project would take on, I realized that I was staring right at it -- drawings of these strange and yet wonderful worlds that are both so close us (in our "galactic back yard," so to speak) and yet so far away...

What will the drawings look like?

The following images will be available for purchase as original 12"x12" charcoal and graphite drawings:

Crescent Moon:

Source photo for "Crescent Moon" drawing
Source photo for "Crescent Moon" drawing

Solar Eclipse:

Source photo for "Solar Eclipse"
Source photo for "Solar Eclipse"

"Starry Night" (also available in 12" x 16"/16" x 12"):

Completed drawing of "Starry Night," sourced from various photographs (December, 2012)
Completed drawing of "Starry Night," sourced from various photographs (December, 2012)

Half Moon:

Source photo for "Half Moon"
Source photo for "Half Moon"

Jupiter:

Source photo for "Jupiter"
Source photo for "Jupiter"

Earth in Shadow:

Source photo for "Earth in Shadow"
Source photo for "Earth in Shadow"

Solar Flares:

Source photo for "Solar Flares"
Source photo for "Solar Flares"

Saturn (up close):

Source photo for "Saturn"
Source photo for "Saturn"

Let's see some art!

Here are several studies I've prepared of the images above:

(Note: ALL of the following images are drawings in charcoal and graphite.)

Here is an example of a study (a preliminary drawing) for "Jupiter" (12" x 12"):

Detail of "Jupiter," (December, 2012)
Detail of "Jupiter," (December, 2012)

Here is the same drawing hanging on my wall in a white frame (12" x 12"):

"Jupiter," framed in white (December, 2012)
"Jupiter," framed in white (December, 2012)

Here is "Jupiter" again, alongside a study for "Solar Eclipse" in a black frame (also 12" x 12"):

"Jupiter," and "Solar Eclipse" (December, 2012)
"Jupiter," and "Solar Eclipse" (December, 2012)

Here is "Half Moon," framed in black (12" x 12"), next to a study for "Solar Eclipse," framed in white (12" x 12"):

"Solar Eclipse." and "Half Moon," (December, 2012)
"Solar Eclipse." and "Half Moon," (December, 2012)

Here are several studies for various images, including "Solar Eclipse," "Crescent Moon," "Starry Night," and "Jupiter" (all 12"x12"):

Various drawings, (December, 2012)
Various drawings, (December, 2012)

Here is a close up of "Crescent Moon" (12" x 12"):

Detail of "Crescent Moon," (December, 2012)
Detail of "Crescent Moon," (December, 2012)

"Crescent Moon" can also be drawn at an angle, as pictured below:

Detail of "Crescent Moon," at angle (December, 2012)
Detail of "Crescent Moon," at angle (December, 2012)

Below is a study for "Starry Night," shown 16" x 12":

"Starry Night," (December, 2012)
"Starry Night," (December, 2012)

And here it is framed in white (12" x 12"), next to "Eclipse 2" framed in black (12" x 12"):

"Solar Eclipse," and "Starry Night," (December, 2012)
"Solar Eclipse," and "Starry Night," (December, 2012)

Here is an example of a "Supporter" level reward ("Reward #3) -- a signed and framed pinted hi-res copy of a drawing of your choice ("Half Moon" is pictured below, 12"x12"):

"Half Moon," hi-res print framed in white (December, 2012)
"Half Moon," hi-res print framed in white (December, 2012)

(Note: although not pictured, all completed drawings will have a small signature in white on the lower right corner -- both prints AND originals).

And finally, here is a close up of a hi-res print of "Crescent Moon" (12"x12"):

"Crescent Moon." hi-res print (December, 2012)
"Crescent Moon." hi-res print (December, 2012)

Why is the project called "Our Fathers?"

Funny name, right? Let me explain myself so it doesn't sound so pretentious... My favorite astronomy quote comes from Carl Sagan (astronomer, astrophysicist, author, etc). In his popular TV series titled "Cosmos," he stated (quite famously) that we are all "made of star stuff." And, of course, he was right. Nitrogen, calcium, iron, carbon, and hydrogen -- the elements that combine to make up our physical bodies -- were all forged within the furnaces of ultra-hot collapsing stars more than a billion years ago. In this sense, we are looking out at the origins of life itself when we look up into the busy night sky. Very cool thought. In fact, when we peer into the deep and seemingly eternal blackness beyond our atmosphere, we are looking "back in time" in more ways than just one; not only are we looking out at the celestial bodies that formed the elements of life itself, but the very light that hits our eyes has crossed vast amounts of space in order to reach us, meaning that the images we perceive are, themselves, images from the past. (The light from Saturn, for example, takes well over an hour to reach us.) This is what I was thinking of when I titled the project.

What is the project EXACTLY?

"Our Fathers" is a series of highly detailed, "photorealist" style charcoal and graphite drawings that depicts the mysterious and ancient beauty of these far away celestial bodies. High definition images from a number of different sources have been gathered -- images of the Earth, the Sun, the Moon, stars, a solar eclipse, Jupiter, and Saturn -- and these images will be drawn in exquisite detail using charcoal sticks and graphite pencils. I will be careful to create images that are as close to the originals as possible, capturing as much of the intricate interplay between light and shadow as I can, while still allowing some room for artistic interpretation. Put another way, I want these drawings to look like drawings up close, but to look like pictures from farther away. 

What do you get?

EVERY contributor gets artwork. Depending on which level you commit to, you will either receive a PDF (along with detailed updates of the project as it moves along), a signed and framed high resolution digital image of an original work of art, or an original work of art itself that is also both signed and framed. The images take several hours to complete, and I have tried to price them as fairly and competitively as possible, while still accounting for the time, cost, and effort put into creating them. Every image in the series of drawings will be drawn by hand, so NO two images from this series will be identical. Those who purchase original drawings will also receive several pictures of their drawing in progress, so that you can see exactly how your drawing was created, from beginning to end.

When (and how) will I get it?

The moment the project is funded, I'll get to work. I live right across the street from a Fedex shipping center, and will be shipping out each drawing as soon as it's completed. One thing -- charcoal is NOTORIOUSLY messy. Therefore, in order to prevent any possible problems with smudges, scratches, bends, or any other potential damages to your drawing as a result of the packaging and shipping process, ALL DRAWINGS will be shipped already neatly framed and carefully bubble wrapped. Remember, both white and black frames are available, so please specify which color frame you would like. Project funding will go towards art supplies (charcoal sticks, graphite pencils, high quality paper, erasers, etc), framing supplies, shipping costs, image licensing fees, and, finally, the creation of the drawings themselves. I'll consider the project a success if it funds ($2,000 goal), meaning that I get to complete and ship out at least 10 drawings. But my REAL goal is for the project to COMPLETELY sell out. If this happens, then I'l get to send out just under 60 drawings to 60 people across the country, and that would be amazing. I have the time, the ability, the energy, and the desire to do it, so become a backer! Start your collection of original artwork today.

***PS***

I will be posting images of studies for "Saturn" shortly. So come back and check it out!

***PPS***

"Jump start" my what I hope will be my second Kickstarter project! -- a series of intricately detailed "photorealist" style drawings (also in charcoal and graphite) of exquisite chandeliers, pictured in low light and drawn life size. Below is my recently completed drawing of a chandelier (yet to be titled) using a photograph I purchased the rights to online. The drawing is VERY large (4 feet wide by 6 feet tall) and incredibly detailed. If there is enough interest shown, then this will officially become my second project (more pictures are available of the drawing, from start to finish, as well as what the drawing looks like framed and hanging on the wall).

Untitled chandelier, in progress (2012)
Untitled chandelier, in progress (2012)

***PPS***

I recently received a request for a "closer up" view of some of the drawings, so here they are (for Dona Win):

Close up view of "Crescent Moon" (2013).
Close up view of "Crescent Moon" (2013).
Close up view #2 of "Crescent Moon" (2013).
Close up view #2 of "Crescent Moon" (2013).
Close up view of "Half Moon" (2013).
Close up view of "Half Moon" (2013).

Risks and challenges

I've already completed detailed studies of all the images available except one -- Saturn -- and I know exactly how long it takes to start, finish, frame, and ship each work. I am confident that I have every ability to complete my project on time. That being said, I'm sure there will be unexpected challenges and risks associated with undertaking the project, should it fund as I hope -- a total sell out of all available works -- and I will make every effort to share and overcome them as they're encountered.

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    Friend: Every dollar contributed is appreciated. At this level I'll send you detailed updates as the project moves along (including photos of the drawings in progress), as well as an ultra hi-res PDF digital copy of a drawing of your choice.

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    Supporter: Project updates, hi-res PDF copies of ALL finished drawings, plus a signed and framed 12"x12" hi-res digital print of your choice of finished drawing.

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    Buyer: Project updates, hi-res PDF copies of ALL finished drawings, plus an original, framed 12"x12" charcoal and graphite drawing of "Crescent Moon."

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    Buyer: Project updates, hi-res PDF copies of ALL finished drawings, plus an original, framed 12"x12" charcoal and graphite drawing of "Solar Eclipse."

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    Buyer: Project updates, hi-res PDF copies of ALL finished drawings, plus an original, framed 12"x12" OR 12"x16" charcoal and graphite drawing of "Starry Night."

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    Buyer: Project updates, hi-res PDF copies of ALL finished drawings, plus an original, framed 12"x12" charcoal and graphite drawing of "Earth in Shadow."

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    3 backers Limited (1 left of 4)

    Buyer: Project updates, hi-res PDF copies of ALL finished drawings, plus an original, framed 12"x12" charcoal and graphite drawing of "Half Moon."

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    Buyer: Project updates, hi-res PDF copies of ALL finished drawings, plus an original, framed 12"x12" charcoal and graphite drawing of "Jupiter."

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    Buyer: Project updates, hi-res PDF copies of ALL finished drawings, plus an original, framed 12"x12" charcoal and graphite drawing of "Solar Flares."

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    1 backer Limited (1 left of 2)

    Buyer: Project updates, hi-res PDF copies of ALL finished drawings, plus an original, framed 12"x12" charcoal and graphite drawing of "Saturn."

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    Collector: "Jump start" my second project! Purchase "Untitled (Chandelier #1)" and receive the original drawing (4'x6'), plus any one of the awards above as a special thank you!

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