About this project
THIS IS THEN, THAT WAS NOW is an illustrated memoir with hundreds of detailed drawings. It's a large book, at 8.5" x 11" approximately 275 pages.
THIS IS THEN, THAT WAS NOW is the sequel to my first illustrated memoir, NOW WHERE WAS I? which immediately sold out its first printing and received all positive reviews which can be read here: http://stevenreddy.com/links
I'm attracted to dense, intricate subjects, scenes of clutter, and the overlooked but visually interesting areas that often go unnoticed and neglected by artists who are drawn to more traditional landscapes or portraits. All my drawings are done by hand with pen, ink and watercolor. I draw on location because I prefer being outdoors interacting with my surroundings.
I create the kinds of books I like to read: detailed and introspective drawings that tell the personal story of one specific life. This unique book will never be available through stores or on-line retailers. With your help, I can maintain creative control and deliver the book I envision and that I know you will enjoy reading.
At the request of my students and friends in the on-line sketching community, I also detail the process I go through to make drawings like those in the book.
ABOUT ME: After earning a 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 focus on painting and drawing. I teach art at Gage Academy in Seattle, have an on-line class at Craftsy.com, and 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 not asking for help with personal expenses, time, or materials. ALL of the money raised will go to printing and shipping the books.
As you choose a reward, please note you have the option of claiming the new book, THIS IS THEN, THAT WAS NOW, the first book, NOW WHERE WAS I? or BOTH the new book and the first book. Thank you, again, for giving me the means to keep creative control over these personal projects. Thank you!
Pledge $15 or more:
STICKERS. YAY! Six (6) vinyl full-color stickers of my artwork to plaster all over your sketchbook, laptop, whatever. And my undying gratitude.
Pledge $35 or more (Option #1):
The original book, NOW WHERE WAS I? This book sold out it's first printing and will be updated and reprinted.
Pledge $35 or more (Option #2):
The new book, THIS IS THEN, THAT WAS NOW. These books will NOT be made available for less than this!
Pledge $65 or more (Option #3):
BIG PRINT, BIGGER THANKS! You get the new book THIS IS THEN, THAT WAS NOW, plus an 11" x 14" limited edition giclée of YOUR CHOICE illustration from the book! (How will you ever decide which one?)
Pledge $65 or more (Option #4):
BIG PRINT, BIGGER THANKS! You get the first book NOW WHERE WAS I?, plus an 11" x 14" limited edition giclée of YOUR CHOICE illustration from the book! (Decisions, decisions.)
Pledge $70 or more:
BOTH books, NWWI? and TITTWN! These books will NOT be available in stores or through on-line retailers.
Pledge $100 or more:
TEACHER'S PET! You get This Is Then, That Was Now, an 11" x 14" giclée of your choice, and FREE TUITION for my popular on-line art class. Learn step-by-step how I make the drawings and paintings in my books.
Pledge $125 or more:
BIG SHOT! You get BOTH books, and TWO 11" x 14" giclées of your choice images from either book. Pinch yourself, it's true!
Pledge $200 or more:
HONOR STUDENT! You get both books, an 11" x 14" giclée of your choice from either book and FREE TUITION for my popular on-line art class! Go to the head of the class!
Pledge $650 or more:
BUY LOCALLY! This is for backers in WASHINGTON STATE ONLY! You get BOTH books, AND I will create a drawing of YOUR HOME (or studio, workspace, cluttered cubicle, whatever!) anywhere in Washington! That drawing will be INCLUDED IN THE NEW BOOK and you'll get an 11" x 14" giclée of your place! Only 5 available so act fast!
Pledge $1500 or more:
GEE, THANKS! You get both books, AND I will create a drawing of YOUR HOME (or studio, workspace, cubicle, whatever!) anywhere in the U.S. That drawing will be INCLUDED IN THE BOOK and given to you as an 11" x 14" giclée. (Visit must happen in September or October.) I'm only offering 3 of these, so grab 'em quick!
Thanks again, and please share this Kickstarter page with everyone you know, especially those who would enjoy owning a big, unique book full of colorful, personal and biographical artwork.
Risks and challenges
I'm hoping to raise enough funds to print TWO books this time, and more copies of each, so I've raised the bar a bit. After successfully completing and fulfilling all my donors rewards for the first printing of Now Where Was I?, I'm confident that from a production standpoint all my ducks are in a row. The artwork for the new book is finished. The printers' quotes are in. All system's go.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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