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A girl and a hound are bound at the heart by a spell. The Hound's Heart is a beautifully illustrated, traditional fairytale.
A girl and a hound are bound at the heart by a spell. The Hound's Heart is a beautifully illustrated, traditional fairytale.
A girl and a hound are bound at the heart by a spell. The Hound's Heart is a beautifully illustrated, traditional fairytale.
116 backers pledged £6,919 to help bring this project to life.

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THE IDEA

I got the idea for this story from my own dog, Dave. I adopted this large rescued racing greyhound six years ago and sadly he passed on this year. Sometimes it felt like I was sharing my home with a pony, but the great love and warmth he gave helped me through some of the toughest times of my life. I rescued my hound, but I think in fact, he rescued me. I wanted to create a fairytale that captured the essence of what a dogs love is and how it can change lives.

MY INSPIRATION

When designing the images I was heavily inspired by the Russian illustrators of the early 20th Century. I adore the colours, patterns, designed space and sense of drama. They remind me of the beautiful children's books of my own childhood. I wanted to capture that nostalgia.

THE PLAN

I am raising money to be able to bring this project to print. Every illustration takes approximately 30 hours from sketch up to finishing touches and I love every moment of that. I'm producing these pages in every spare moment that I have. Its going to take another 180 hours to complete all the images and I would dearly love to give this project more time. With your donations I will be able to complete all the artwork, the layout and the design in 3 months and pay for between 100 and 150 quality printed hard back books.

THE OUTCOME

I want this book to be a treasured object; to be beautifully printed on quality materials, to be pored over again and again, so that new things can be found in the images on every reading. Basically, I want you to love this book.

NEXT STEP...(MAYBE)

If the Hound's Heart is successful I aim to make a series - The Marlinspike Tales....but that's next year.

Risks and challenges

The only thing that causes me anxiety is that when I hand over my images to the printers for publishing, the final product will fall below my expectations. My paintings are intense in colour and I want to ensure that the colour of the prints are true.

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    You will receive a pack of four Christmas cards based upon these first four images.

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    You will receive a set of four A5, limited edition giclee prints of these first four images.

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    Choose one of these first four images, (with or without borders) and receive it as an A3 limited edition print.

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    Receive your own copy of this limited edition, hard back, illustrated fairytale book.

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    You will receive your own copy of this limited edition, hard back, illustrated fairytale book and your name will appear on the 'Thanks to' page.

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    Receive your own copy of this limited edition, hard back, illustrated fairytale book and your choice of one of the A3 prints

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    Pledge £45 or more About $73

    For those pledging outside the UK here's where you can receive the gift of a limited edition A3 print and The Hound's Heart fairytale book.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $81

    You will receive the original storyboard 1 which includes 4 small pencil sketches of the first part of the story, The Hound's Heart.

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    For Non-UK residents by special request - You will receive two of these limited edition books.

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    One of these original paintings will be yours on a first come, first served basis. They are A3 acrylic on cartridge paper, with worked areas of colour pencil. (Obviously, I need to keep the rights for print and publishing).

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