About this project
NEW REWARDS! (See list of rewards below.)
NOW WHERE WAS I? is three books in one: a collection of my best drawings and illustrations from over 35 years of dedicated sketch-booking; a technical and inspirational how-to book about recording a life in colorful, detailed drawings; and a candid memoir of my experiences as an artist, teacher and traveler.
This hefty 8.5" x 11" book will be nearly 300 glossy pages of illustrations, sketches and narrative comics compiled from over 60 sketchbooks.
ABOUT ME: After earning my BFA in Visual Design from the University of Oregon, I worked for years as a free-lance illustrator. Equally interested in story-telling, I taught myself animation and made some award-winning short films while performing in dozens of stage productions before moving to Seattle to teach art and to focus on painting and drawing. I serve on the board of the Urban Sketchers, an international organization of artists dedicated to capturing the world one drawing at a time.
I'm attracted to dense, intricate subjects, scenes of clutter, and the overlooked objects that often go unnoticed and neglected by artists that are drawn to more traditional landscapes or portraits. I draw on location as a way to immerse myself in my surroundings and because I prefer being outdoors and away from the computer. All my drawings are done by hand with pen, ink and watercolor.
In addition to a regular sketching habit, I also keep a daily written journal. Many of the images in NOW WHERE WAS I? relate interesting, unusual or amusing anecdotes that happened to me while traveling. Sometimes these experiences are funny, embarrassing, or silly, but it's all fodder for the next drawing.
My dreams are another source for narrative strips and I enjoy trying to capture them as accurately as I can. I keep my journal on hand and in the middle of the night jot them down so I won't forget any details.
Inspiration can come from anywhere. I've drawn on planes, trains, ferries, and even in an elevator. Even time spent riding in a car isn't wasted if I remember to bring my sketchbook.
I taught English for a year in a small town in China and have sketched throughout Asia, Mexico, Canada and the United States. My travel illustrations can be seen in An Illustrated Journey (HOW Books, 2013).
Why Kickstarter: Although I love teaching, acting and have a supportive network of friends and family, I'm not really a team player. Like many artists, I suppose, I prefer to do everything myself. That way I can keep projects as close to my original vision as possible. Of course that means that any problems are my fault, but I'm fine with that. That being said, I already owe a huge debt of gratitude to Deborah Libby for shooting the above video with music by Jahzzar, and to artists such as Gabriel Campanario, the orignal Urban Sketcher, and Danny Gregory, who saw my drawings of China and invited me to have a chapter in his big, beautiful and inspirational book, An Illustrated Journey. Many more friends (and maybe YOU) will be acknowledged in the book's credits...
How you fit into all this: With your help, I can maintain creative control and deliver the book I envision and that you will enjoy owning.
Here's what the $12,900 goal will pay for:
- $9,750 to pay the printer.
- $750 to cover the cost of the design software.
- $1,300 for Kickstarter/Amazon fees.
- $1,100 for incentives, shipping, and overages.
That adds up to $12,900. Notice I am not asking you to help with personal expenses or hardware. Although I've surrendered my classroom teaching position to focus entirely on this project, I have a little bit of savings to survive on while I dedicate myself to making the book I can see so clearly in my mind's eye.
I'm having a great time drawing, writing, and editing NOW WHERE WAS I? and I'm confident you'll enjoy reading it. Although Kickstarter is not a store, but a way for like-minded people to offer support and encouragement for the kinds of projects we want to see more of, I want to offer some goodies, not as incentives for you to donate money, but as my sincere thanks for making a unique and personal book like mine possible:
ACCESS! To private project updates, videos and announcements; first look at new drawings created just for the book; and my sincere gratitude. Every little bit helps!
Pledge $11 or more:
NEW! BFFs! (By Request!) You get ACCESS! (the private project updates, videos and announcements; first look at new drawings created just for the book; and my sincere gratitude.) AND I'll like your Facebook page! See, we're besties!
Pledge $20 or more:
NEW! THREE-PACK! How do you tell your sketchbooks apart? How do you keep from carrying home your friend's sketchbook? Here's what I do--
Pretty cool, huh? I can tell each book by the stickers slathered all over it. I run a marathon--BOOM! Sticker! Grocery store stickers for the kiddies? MINE NOW! Was I a good boy for the dentist? YAY! Sticker! But where can YOU get really cool stickers? RIGHT HERE!
You get ACCESS plus a three-pack of vinyl stickers made from my drawings. My choice of images; it'll be a surprise! Stick 'em on luggage; on your laptop; stick 'em-- well, you get the idea.
Pledge $35 or more:
NEW! BFF SIX-PACK! You get ACCESS, and I'll "Like" your Facebook page AND you get SIX vinyl stickers made from my drawings. Mark your territory. Mark your friends' territory. Mark you friends!
Pledge $40 or more:
SMALL PRINT, BIG THANKS. You get ACCESS and BFFs, plus a signed 4" x 6" giclée of an image from the book and a personal, hand-drawn thank you from me!
Pledge $60 or more:
THE BOOK ITSELF! Access, BFFs, and your own copy of this big beautiful tomb of original art, delivered right into your hands! No way? Way!
Pledge $75 or more:
MY SCRIBBLE! Access, BFFs, and I'll sign your copy of the book. Can you believe it?
Pledge $100 or more:
BIGGER PRINT, BIGGER THANKS! You get ACCESS, BFFs, the signed book, plus an 11" x 14" limited edition giclée of YOUR CHOICE OF ILLUSTRATION FROM THE BOOK! (How will you ever decide which one?)
Pledge $200 or more:
BIG SHOT! Access, BFFs, the signed book, the 11"x 14" print of your choice, PLUS YOUR NAME in the book's acknowledgment page! Pinch yourself- it's true!
Pledge $250 or more:
EVEN BIGGER SHOT! All of the above, plus a second copy of the book to give as a gift (or keep for yourself, you greedy hoarder!).
Pledge $400 or more:
ORIGINAL PAINTINGS! I must be high on the success of this Kickstarter campaign because I'm going to offer my ORIGINAL watercolor paintings RIGHT OUT OF MY SKETCHBOOKS! (And I never sell my originals!)
I'm going to part with the following six paintings only because the more money I raise, the more copies of Now Where Was I? I can print, and the more copies I print, the less expensive each one will be.
Each of these paintings was drawn on location and is 8.5 x 12 inches on 90# All-Purpose Watercolor paper. I will ship your painting for free, carefully packed between heavy cardboard and bubble wrap.
NEW! Pledge $500 or more:
BUY LOCALLY! This is for my local backers in WASHINGTON STATE ONLY! All of the above, plus I will create a drawing of YOUR home (or place of business, workspace, cubicle, whatever!) anywhere in Washington (Okay, fine, even Bellevue). You can watch the drawing process from beginning to end, and then that drawing will be INCLUDED IN THE BOOK.
Pledge $1,000 or more:
GEE, THANKS! All of the above (duh!), plus I will create a drawing of YOUR home (or place of business, workspace, cluttered storage unit, whatever!) anywhere in the contiguous US. You can watch the drawing process from beginning to end, and then that drawing will be INCLUDED IN THE BOOK. I'll fly to any location within the continental US. I get another subject to draw and you get to be part of the book. I can only do this a few times because I'M BUSY MAKING A BOOK so act fast! (And get that old washer off the porch before I get there, wouldja?)
Thanks again, and please share this Kickstarter page with everyone you know, especially those you think would be interested in supporting this kind of work, and who would enjoy owning a thick, unique book full of colorful, personal and biographical artwork.
Risks and challenges
The only challenge in this project is forcing myself to stop drawing long enough to compile the book! I have been drawing all my life, both professionally and as a habit, and this project is a labor of love.
I've already created the images (though I'll be creating and adding new drawings up until I send off the final PDF to the printer) and written the first draft of the narrative. Giving myself time to compile, edit and print the book will allow me to design and produce the unique and candid book I've been imagining for years. I'm sincerely thankful for all your support and the opportunity to share my passion with you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
It's moot, Sparky! We did it!
It's pronounced "Zhee- klay" (but you have to say it with a pretentious French accent).
Rather than explain it myself (and because I'm BUSY MAKING A BOOK!) I'll copy and paste this definition from About.com:
"In giclee printing, no screen or other mechanical devices are used and therefore there is no visible dot screen pattern. The image has all the tonalities and hues of the original painting. They use special light-fast inks, which, if kept out of the sun, will remain true for up to 25 years. The original image is scanned directly on a drum scanner. Giclée prints can be produced on any paper you wish, and printers generally have several specific ones to choose from."
My images (this is Steve Reddy writing again) are printed on Hahnemuhle Watercolor paper. Since my originals are drawn on watercolor paper the prints look exactly like the originals. Even better, actually, because I can subtly tweak the contrast or fix little mistakes I made when I drew the original drawing. For instance, I once rested my hand on a blood-filled mosquito and left a nice little red splotch and little bits of wing and legs and stuff on an otherwise awesome drawing. Blech! Photoshop to the rescue...
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