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Talons Tails and Tusks: creatures from the fantasy adventure of an explorer.
Talons Tails and Tusks: creatures from the fantasy adventure of an explorer.
52 backers pledged $1,863 to help bring this project to life.

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It's all about the animals!

Talons, Tails, and Tusks is a creature design book in the style of a traveler's journal! It is stuffed full of over 30 original creatures in the form of 'photos' [full color paintings], field notes, and sketches [line drawings] of the creatures and their habitats! This book is an adventure of its own with creatures of all kinds; from cute-and-cuddly to creepy-crawlies -- it has a bit of everything!  

This book stems from my love of nature and fantasy! I wanted a personal project to spend my spare time merging the two. I constantly draw animals [real and imaginary] as morning warm-ups and lunchtime sketches; so it only seems natural to take it further! This book is perfect for anyone who likes animals, adventure, and fantasy!

How it evolved...

In March 2013 I received a grant from the Weisman Foundation  to partially fund Talons, Tails and Tusks. Part of the requirements of the grant is that the project is completed by August 23rd 2013. I hope that knowing someone else already supports this project will give you added confidence as a funder. That grant was the first step toward making this book a reality, but I still need to cover the remaining costs of printing.

Survival of the funded

The money raised from this Kickstarter goes towards the costs of printing books for rewards as well as a run of books to send to potential distributors and clients. Keep in mind that it is all or nothing; in order for this project to succeed I must meet the goal of $1000 or I won't receive any of it. Every little bit makes a difference!

Through CreateSpace (an Amazon company) I am able to self-publish this full color paperback book! It is resources like Kickstarter and CreateSpace that make independent art projects like this a reality. But most importantly it is the support of individuals like you who see the value in what I am making ... THANK YOU!

*music by Nasienie

Stretch Goal!

You guys are awesome! We have past the minimum project goal, but there is another reward in sight.

When we reach $1750 you will unlock two 8.5x11" prints including the Peacerous and one other unreleased creature! All donors 25$ and above will receive these two prints with their reward delivery!

Peacerous
Peacerous

Risks and challenges

The major challenge with this project is that it is due August 23rd! There is still art to complete and not much time to do it, but the project is running smoothly and I know it will be complete and well worth the wait upon its arrival!

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    THE TRACKER! Always on the prowl for awesome creature art?
    As a special thanks for supporting these creatures your name will be printed in the Funders Thanks section of the book!

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    AERIAL ASSORTMENT! Set these creatures in motion! Receive a set of 5 postcards with a different creature painting on each to send to friends or keep for yourself. You also receive THE TRACKER!

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    THE CRITTER SET!
    If you like bio-luminescent bugs and other things that light-up this is the package for you! You will receive a digital PDF copy of Talons Tails and Tusks as well as THE TRACKER!

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    THE ADVENTURER'S PACKAGE!
    The itch to explore has never been stronger than with The Adventurer's Package! You will receive the full color, paperback copy of Talons Tails and Tusks complete with over 30 original creatures! You will also get the TRACKER and AERIAL ASSORTMENT!

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    THE TRAILBLAZER'S KIT!
    Always on the lookout for a fresh discovery? with the TRAILBLAZER'S KIT you will get an original drawing of a creature JUST FOR YOU right inside your SIGNED paperback copy! You will also receive THE ADVENTURER'S PACKAGE, AERIAL ASSORTMENT and THE TRACKER!

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    THE TAXONOMIST! For the supreme creature seeker! You get to describe and name an imaginary animal that I will include in the book with credit to you as the 'Discoverer'! All you have to do is fill out a short brief describing the creatures features. You will also receive THE ADVENTURER'S PACKAGE, AERIAL ASSORTMENT and THE TRACKER!

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