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Collaborate with artist Robert Burke by designing a creature for him to paint - you keep the painting.

UPDATE 1/30/2012: Stretch goal announced  
If my project can reach, or exceed $1,400, anyone who has pledged between $1 and $300 will have their reward upgraded one level if they choose.

Who?

Pop artist Robert Burke

What?Design your own creature for Robert to paint

Why?
Because we want to smile.
Because the walls between artist and viewer are too thick.
Because we see beauty in diversity. 
This project is a collaboration between artist and viewer - all paintings created will be documented, and stretch goal rewards are planned if goals are exceeded. 

When?
Rewards that are not original paintings will be sent as soon as the project ends if the funding goal is reached. Original paintings will be done and sent out in the order the pledges were received. All work will be completed and mailed by the end of summer 2012, and most should be done well before that depending on the response.

How?
I send you a list of creature features to select from.
You design your creature by selecting the features you want to use.
You send it back to me.
I paint an original work of art featuring the creature you designed.
I send the original work of art to you and post your creature on robertburkeart.com

If my work makes you smile please consider pledging, and/or share with your social network.

Some of the pledge rewards in addition to original artwork:

3"X5" sticker

8"X10" Sticker Sheet

8"X12" Metal Signs

Video Transcript

Hello Kickstarters,

My name is Robert Burke and I’m and artist who has been working in the Southeast, painting my own whimsical creatures over the last 20 years.

I went to art school in the late 80s and have been working really hard on a pretentious artist statement ever since, but it just doesn’t work for me. I suppose the only thing I want to do with my art, is make people smile.

My art is simple, whimsical and easily recognizable. But this wasn’t always so. Back when I first had the stupid idea to become an artist, I was doing crazy surrealist paintings like this, or this..... After all, what 20-year old doesn’t think Salvador Dali and Max Ernst were the best artists to ever live? Well luckily, I got over that phase. 

I had a desire to do something more immediate and after I discovered the work of Keith Haring I saw something exciting about his primitive style and the spirit contained within his thick black lines.

I started to experiment and soon had drawn some whimsical creatures that got some great feedback, so I stuck with it. I won’t give you the details of the last 20 years of evolution, but after many gallery shows (including one with the late, great Howard Finster), and public murals which appeared on the walls of many coffee shops and restaurants in the Southeast, including a hand painted McDonald’s restaurant, I found support from the Thomas Jefferson Center For The Protection Of Freedom Of Expression in a first amendment lawsuit I filed after one of my murals was censored by the City of Charleston, SC. They deemed the colors I used as too “garish” and said it didn’t fit in with the historic theme of the city.

Meh...

I lost the case at the 4th circuit on standing.

No biggie.

Eventually I took the path of many young artists. I fell in love, got married and had children. I settled into what parents would call a “real career” in technology, and my creatures settled comfortably into the background of my life.

Well, over the last couple years my children reached school age and I’ve had more time to get back into my art in a big way.

Alright, so about my creatures...

My creatures are not developed as complete units and I don’t think about what I’m going to do before I start a new painting.

You see, over the years I’ve developed a vocabulary of lines - an alphabet of creature parts. Different noses, ears, legs, bodies, tails, wings, etc...

So when I begin a new painting I grab a blank canvas and start with the eyes. Sometimes it’s one eye, sometimes two, sometimes 3 or more. Then I put my alphabet of creature parts together with automatic drawing. That is, I don’t think, I just do.

The end result is usually a creature that I’ve never seen before. This keeps it exciting for me, and sometimes I feel like I have to create every creature possible, which is a bit obsessive and wacky since that would be impossible.

Sometimes the creatures come out cute, and sometimes weird, but what I love the most is that that many times they emerge with their own strong personalities.

The greatest joy is when I see someone walk into my booth at an art show and smile. Not because of me, or anything I’ve done, but because something with a particular creature makes them chuckle inside. 

This is why I create.

I also think in our current world  is  a place where diversity is espoused by most, but not truly embraced. At the highest level, my paintings are not just a statement for tolerance, but a complete embrace of the beauty of diversity.

It’s not until we grow up that we start separating ourselves.

Just as humans have the same parts, but are shaped, and colored in different, sometimes subtle ways, so is my art. And although I would love to think my art could help people see how special diversity is, I’m not so pretentious to think I can do that. 

So, I’ll settle for a smile.

So what’s my project?

Well, I want to complete a series  of paintings that I don’t design with my usual automatic drawing, but that are designed by you.

I provide a list of my alphabet to you, that is different creature parts and you tell me which ones to use.

You pick a nose, ears, body, etc. From there, I create the creature you designed, post it to the web and send you the original.

It’s a true collaboration between an artist and the viewer.

I get the artist credit and you get the designer credit.

I hope you’ll see value in my idea and give it a try, I would love to see what you come up with!

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    Universal Truth: Most $1 Kickstarter pledges receive a "heartfelt thank you". And while I am VERY thankful for every pledge, you'll get more than just a simple "thanks". You will also be emailed a secret Universal Truth, and I will post a link to your website, blog, project, or Twitter page on robertburkeart.com

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    Sticker Level: Pledge $3 and I will mail you a 3"X5" clear vinyl sticker featuring two of my creatures. Free shipping in the US, add $2 for international orders

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    Super Sticker Level: Pledge $8 and I will mail you a 3"X5" clear vinyl sticker featuring two of my creatures PLUS an 8"X10" high-quality white vinyl sticker sheet featuring 6 individual die cut creatures. Made in the USA by Sticker Giant. Free shipping in the US, add $8 for international orders

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    Super Sticker Explosion!: Pledge $15 and you will receive everything in the Super Sticker Level times three! That's three 3"X5" stickers and three 8"X10" sticker sheets. Free shipping in the US, add $8 for international orders

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    Small Design Your Own Creature Drawing: Pledge $15 and I will send you a list of "creature features" to pick from so you can design your own critter. I will then draw it in black and white on a 3"X5" piece of paper, put it on robertburkeart.com with your name as the designer and mail you the original! Free shipping in the US, add $2 for international orders

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    Kickstart My Kickstarter: This level is to encourage early pledges. Only 20 are available. Pledges at this level will receive the Super Sticker Explosion items PLUS the Small Design Your Own Creature Drawing PLUS an original creature painting of my choosing which range in size from 4"X4" to 8"X10", on canvas panel, or gallery wrapped canvas. Free shipping in the US, add $8 for international orders

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    Design Your Own Creature Drawing: Pledge $25 and I will send you a list of "creature features" to pick from so you can design your own critter. I will then draw it in black and white on an 8"X10" canvas panel, put it on robertburkeart.com with your name as the designer and mail you the original! Free shipping in the US, add $8 for international orders

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    Metal Sign: Pledge $35 and you get everything in the "Super Sticker" level PLUS a creature on an 8"X12" metal sign. Choose between "Caution, Children Grow Slowly", "Please, Do Not Litter", or "SMILE" Pledge $60 for your choice or two. Free shipping in the US, add $20 for international orders

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    6"X8" Design Your Own Creature Painting: Pledge $40 and and I will send you a list of "creature features" to pick from so you can design your own critter. I will then create it with acrylic paint on a 6"X8" canvas panel, put it on robertburkeart.com with your name as the designer and mail you the original! Free shipping in the US, add $8 for international orders.

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    8"X10" Design Your Own Creature Painting: Pledge $50 and and I will send you a list of "creature features" to pick from so you can design your own critter. I will then create it with acrylic paint on a 8"X10" canvas panel, put it on robertburkeart.com with your name as the designer and mail you the original! Free shipping in the US, add $8 for international orders.

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    11"X14" Design Your Own Creature Painting: Pledge $100 and and I will send you a list of "creature features" to pick from so you can design your own critter. I will then create it with acrylic paint on a 11"X14" high-quality gallery wrapped canvas, put it on robertburkeart.com with your name as the designer and mail you the original! Free shipping in the US, add $15 for international orders.

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    16"X20" Design Your Own Creature Painting: Pledge $150 and and I will send you a list of "creature features" to pick from so you can design your own critter. I will then create it with acrylic paint on a 16"X20" high-quality gallery wrapped canvas, put it on robertburkeart.com with your name as the designer and mail you the original! Free shipping in the US, add $20 for international orders.

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    18"X24" Design Your Own Creature Painting: Pledge $225 and and I will send you a list of "creature features" to pick from so you can design your own critter. I will then create it with acrylic paint on an 18"X24" high-quality gallery wrapped canvas, put it on robertburkeart.com with your name as the designer and mail you the original! Free shipping in the US, add $24 for international orders.

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    24"X36" Design Your Own Creature Painting: Pledge $300 and and I will send you a list of "creature features" to pick from so you can design your own critter. I will then create it with acrylic paint on an 24"X36" high-quality gallery wrapped canvas, put it on robertburkeart.com with your name as the designer and mail you the original! Free shipping in the US, add $28 for international orders.

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    36"X42" Design Your Own Creature Painting: Pledge $500 and and I will send you a list of "creature features" to pick from so you can design your own critter. I will then create it with acrylic paint on an 36"X42" high-quality gallery wrapped canvas, put it on robertburkeart.com with your name as the designer and mail you the original! Free shipping in the US, add $50 for international orders.

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    Fill A Wall: I will create two 6"X8", two 8"X10", two 11X14", two 16"X20" and two 18"X24" original paintings for you. You can design the creatures yourself, let me do it, or any combination of both. You will also receive all three metal signs and the Super Sticker Explosion rewards. Please add $120 for international orders

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    Painting + Prints: Pledge $2500 and and I will send you a list of "creature features" to pick from so you can design your own critter. I will then create it with acrylic paint on a 11"X14" high-quality gallery wrapped canvas, put it on robertburkeart.com with your name as the designer and mail you the original! You will also receive 100 limited edition, signed and numbered prints of your painting. You will be the only one who owns these prints. Free shipping in the US, add $100 for international orders.

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    Painting + T-Shirts: Pledge $3,200 and and I will send you a list of "creature features" to pick from so you can design your own critter. I will then create it with acrylic paint on a 11"X14" high-quality gallery wrapped canvas, put it on robertburkeart.com with your name as the designer and mail you the original! You will also receive 100 T-shirts with your design on them in the sizes you specify. Free shipping in the US, add $140 for international orders.

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    The Gallery Filler: Pledge $4000 and you will receive 50 original paintings on gallery wrapped canvas, your designs, my designs, or any combination of the two. Five 4"X4" Five 6"X6" Ten 8"X10" Three 6"X12" Ten 11"X14" Ten 16"X20" Five 18"X24" Two 24"X36" Free shipping in the US, add $200 for international orders.

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    Special Delivery: You will receive the Gallery Filler rewards OR a custom mural up to 12'X12' PLUS I will travel to your art event, home or business to deliver/create the work over a three day period PLUS the Super Sticker Explosion reward times 10 PLUS five copies of all three metal signs.

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