Art has always been about the exploration of other worlds to me. It is a medium to view the world with a different perspective and to find elements of beauty in what seems ordinary. I want to transport myself, and my audience into a mirror existence.
That’s what “Descants & Cadences” is — I want this book to be a window to invite you in to participate with my visions. For the artwork in this collection I’ve been feeling along the boundary between dream and reality. I’ve delved into the language of allegory that we’re all exposed to from the very first nursery rhyme that we hear as a child, and rediscover when we read to our own children. I’ve sought after tiny worlds of wonder from an insect’s viewpoint. I love to get lost in the incredible beauty of growth and decay that you find in nature.
Most of these pieces were created over the past three years and have never been published in any other volume. It includes the Magpie pieces from my sold out series that I showed at Krab Jab Studio, as well as paintings from my other popular series — The Stag Sonata Cycle, Insecta, Strange Dreams and more. The book is a stream of consciousness journey, following mythical creatures like white stags and faerie queens, to much stranger guides and masked creatures.
The BOOK: “Descants & Cadences”
There are two editions: TRADE and DELUXE Edition. Both versions are 10x11 inches to feature much of the art at the original painted sizes.
The TRADE Edition is a softcover volume and will have all the same production values as the Deluxe Edition. It will be printed on heavy weight paper, full color, with beautiful spreads of artwork, and some select essays and commentary on my inspiration and process of creating.
The DELUXE Edition is a limited edition run. This hardcover volume will have the same content as the Trade Edition, with an additional 6 sheets of vellum. The translucent vellum pages feature exclusive and specially designed overlay artwork interleaved throughout the book for a very unique effect. The cover will be cloth bound with silver foil stamped image and title, the edges of the pages silver gilded, and an attached ribbon bookmark included. A hard slip cover will feature the full color artwork “She Sleeps” that graces the cover of the Trade Edition.
The Bonus Sketchbook - Due to the amazing support this project has received, I promised a stretch goal (that has been met!) at 80k. Therefore, all pledges receiving a D&C book will also receive a copy of a mini companion sketchbook with glimpses of my drawings, notes, and creation process.
Free Upgrades - The following three upgrade changes were made to the Deluxe tiers on April 28th. These were not in the original campaign launch description. Please message me if you have any questions about them.
D&C Exclusive Collection Prints:
8x10 inch, printed on Cardstock. These prints were exclusively designed for this kickstarter campaign. Additional prints are available for reward tiers $35.00 and over at the +addon price of $10.00.
D&C Bonus Collection Prints:
8x10 inch, printed on Cardstock. These prints were not part of the original offering when the kickstarter campaign launched, but have been added on 4/20/16 as a set of expanded options for any reward tier that offers a choice of D&C Exclusive Collection Prints. Additional copies are available for reward tiers $35.00 and over at the +addon price of $10.00.
Note: The tiers that contain "all 6 of the D&C Exclusive prints" refers to the original 6 pieces at the start of the campaign and not these additional bonus ones.
What is a Remarque?
A remarque is a small original work of art drawn directly onto a print (or in this case a book) by the artist. These will be drawn with ink. The subject matter is at my discretion, with the exception of the $250.00 Deluxe reward tier that allows you a keyword selection for the subject of the remarque. But all remarques will be beautiful and in keeping with my style, and will make your book a unique artifact!
The title page of D&C has been specifically designed in such a way that it stands on its own. Circles are a running theme through the book. They are continuity, flow, connection. Portals. D&C is a visual portal into the worlds that I have been exploring. It can also be enhanced by signature or/and Remarque.
At the $250.00 pledge level, one of the unique items is an original pencil preliminary sketch from one of the D&C paintings.
The pencil sketch is drawn on vellum, signed, and is randomly selected from the preliminary process for one of the paintings that has been included in the book. This pledge level is limited to 30, because each of the sketches has been hand selected as a high caliber preliminary drawing.
Adopt-a-Bee Tier ($315.00) is limited to 10.
A Bird In Hand
A Bird-In-Hand Tier ($345.00) is limited. The birds shown below will be assigned out to adopters on a first come first pick basis. Red dots indicate the ones that are already spoken for. Visit http://descants.shadowscapes.com/birds/ for a closer look at the birds.
At reward tiers $35 and above, you may increase your donation to add any of the following items to your rewards. No increase in shipping for USA orders! You will be asked to specify which ones in the survey at the end of the campaign.
+ Remarque: $45.00 - For tiers that don't include a Remarque, if you wish to add one. No extra shipping cost, but shipping schedule will be in line with the Remarque tiers, approximately in February 2017.
+ unsigned TRADE edition "Descants & Cadences": $35.00 (international orders, please add $7.00 per addon book for shipping)
+ exclusive D&C Collection Print: $10.00
If you find that you need more than 1 or 2 of the prints in the set reward tiers, add on as many as necessary!
+ "Between the Seams": $30.00 (25% discount off MSRP!) (international orders, please add $10.00 per addon book for shipping) My first collected works art volume. 98 pages. This spans 2003-2012.
+ "The Art of Shadowscapes Tarot Minor Arcana": $45.00 (20% discount off MSRP!) (international orders, please add $12.00 per addon book for shipping) A 148 page book featuring art from the Shadowscapes Tarot, sketches, alternate visions, and detailed notes about my process.
+ Adopt-a-Bee: Limited to 10! Currently all 10 slots are filled.
Original Watercolor Paintings:
I rarely take commissions, so there are several Reward tiers that offer a rare opportunity to acquire a specific piece from some of my most popular collections. Most of the paintings on the subject matter for these Reward tiers sell out immediately, so if you have missed out on my previous dragonfly, magpie, every day original, or stag pieces, here is a chance to own one.
The Artisan: In addition to a signed DELUXE copy of "Descants & Cadences", you will get the rare opportunity to commission a 7x7 inch made to order watercolor and gold leaf painting. You specify subject matter by selecting one of these keywords: Dragonfly, Bee, Damselfly, Magpie, Raven, Mantis Example 7x7" watercolor/gold leaf painting
The Entomologist: In addition to a signed DELUXE copy of "Descants & Cadences", you will receive the rare opportunity to commission a 10x10 inch original made-to-order watercolor & gold leaf painting to expand the Insecta Series. You select the subject matter by specifying any insect of choice. Painting will be matted and framed to 18x18 inches.
The Composer: In addition to a signed DELUXE copy of "Descants & Cadences", you will receive the rare opportunity to commission a 10x10 inch original made-to-order watercolor & gold leaf painting to expand the Stag Sonata Cycle Series. You select the subject matter by specifying a musical term to set the mood. Painting will be matted and framed to 18x18 inches
The Ornithologist: In addition to a signed DELUXE copy of "Descants & Cadences", you will receive the rare opportunity to commission a 10x10 inch original made-to-order watercolor & gold leaf painting with an avian theme. You select the subject matter by specifying a bird species. Painting will be matted and framed to 18x18 inches.
For a preview of artwork that will be included in the book, please visit
Risks and challenges
Risks are low. I have successfully written and created 5 book projects that have been published via mainstream publishing, so I have experience with creating polished material of high quality for publication. Additionally I have created and published four of my own art book projects via offset printing, and 3 via print on demand over the past 10 years. This has given me plenty of experience with dealing with printing companies both domestically and overseas, running my own publishing company, Shadowscapes Press, and fulfillment of thousands of orders.
I am working with a different printer for this project than I have in the past, but this is a good thing, because this printer comes highly recommended from a trusted source, and specializes in creating gallery quality art books. They are based in Hong Kong.
The D&C Collection prints will be made domestically and come from a printer I have worked with many times in the past, and so I anticipate no difficulty with that.
Payments process within 2 weeks after the end of the campaign, at which point I can begin the printing process. The timeline from handoff of manuscript until books are at my doorstep should be 12-16 weeks. That puts us into end of September, barring any quality issues that might set back the date slightly, hence the extra time I have added to expected ship date to leave room for this.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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