I started digitally re-mastering kid’s drawings back in 2009 when a friend asked me to take a look at one of his son’s pictures.
They were thrilled to see the first results. So I did a few more.
My friend's son sent me a card to say thank you and coined the term 'Monstews' - Monsters created by Stew (me). That's where the name and logo comes from.
A few years later my daughter started producing her own awesome artwork - I decided to try and 'Monstew' a few. She loved the results.
It seems kids love to see their drawings coloured in the lines by a grown up. So I'm opening Monstews up to Kickstarter - For the kid in your life who loves to draw and would love to see a new take on one of their pictures.
How does it work?
- You send me a photo or scan of your kid’s drawing as a JPG.
- Include your kid’s name and age (to go on the bottom of the picture).
- I’ll then put my spin on it (colours and textures) and send back to you an A3 PDF which will be ready for you to have printed and a JPG that you can pop onto Facebook (other social media services are available).
Watch a speed draw below to see how the picture evolves...
Example of what you get
NOTE: There are no physical products on offer here - all the files I send by email or Dropbox will be digital - so it will be up to you to get prints of the pictures. Don't say I didn't tell you.
A PDF poster that looks like this (except with your kid's image):
JPG looks likes this (except with your kid's image):
I have to add a clause that says my artwork is final - I'm probably not going to have the time to make a million changes once I've sent the final image. It's possible that if you ask me nicely I might make one or two changes here and there within reason, but you get my drift - you're decent people.
If the image I receive is overly complex it means it's going to take me a lot longer to work on. That being the case, if I take a look at an image and am like "Say whaaat - this is going to take me days not hours?" then I might have to get in touch and request a different image. I'm only human! If you back this project I'll presume you have read to and agree to this.
In terms of copyright - who owns the work?
The original image is not owned by me. By requesting that I Monstew your kid's image, you are agreeing that the Monstew version of that image is mine and I have the copyright to use it as I see fit by which I mean make a PDF of all the Monstews when I've finished them and send the PDF to all the backers, post it on my website, Facebook and other Social Media channels, print it, display it publicly and generally use it for promotion as I choose. This is not an exhaustive list. I'm never going to include any personal details other than the first name and age of the child.
If you don't like the terms I am proposing then please don't ask me to do a Monstew. If you do back this project for me to produce a Monstew, I take that as acceptance of these terms. Basically I don't want any legal disagreements to arise on the basis of digitising kids drawings - so it's written here to cover my behind. Again, I know you're the good guys, so I don't need to preach to the choir. If you want to opt out of me using the Monstew for my own promotion, feel free to write to me and explain it to me. I'm a reasonable person. I don't want to tread on people's toes.
If you're not sure...
How about we stay in touch? Join my mailing list over at monstews.com and I can keep you in the loop about stuff like Monstews and other projects I'm working on that might be interesting.
Risks and challenges
My time to produce the work is, obviously, finite - so that will be the greatest challenge - getting the Monstews to everyone who backs in good time. Each reward tier has a date with it. I am only going to commit to producing a certain amount within each tier in order to be able to keep up should a lot of Monstews be ordered.
Computer problems - my computer could, I suppose, blow up, in which case I'd have to buy a new one. This would affect the schedule and probably hinder me communicating with backers. I do backup my work regularly with Time Machine - but there is always the possibility that some files are lost. In which case I would re-create them as closely as I could to what had been done before.
I could perhaps hurt my hand and be unable to draw - in which case I'll make sure I see a doctor and communicate to all the backers of any delay.
I don't think this is particularly risky. I've done a fair few of these, so I know what the deal is.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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