Thick Thighs Catch All the Eyes - 2018 Illustrated Calendar (Canceled)
A plus size pin up calendar celebrating the curvy female form in a cheeky and cute illustrated style.
How do I start this? How do I begin to talk about this topic? Well, I guess it would start with this illustration I did a year ago.
I like working in series, and this was a series of Beer Ladies that I decided to design. They are based on beer styles/colors and I went on and made this chubby little hottie, Sour, and she just took off. I got messages about how much people liked her, how cute she was, and how they could get a print. It made me realize that there was a market that loved the curvy pin-up ladies. They liked her playfulness, cuteness and sexuality. She was not lacking confidence, or gratuitous, and I think that is what really pulled people into the work. I thought, can I carry that tone over into a new series of Pin-Up themed plus size ladies?
My theme for the ladies in my calendar are to play on that cheeky sexuality of yesteryear. Back when implied innuendo was more desired than full out nudity. I’ve always associated the classic pin-ups in situational environments, telling a story, almost, as well as enticing the viewer. That’s the illustrator in me.
This is a small project, a pilot, to see if I can produce projects pertaining to my art. My goal is to self produce some of my other stories/art/projects that could find a place appealing to indie voices.
The Calendar will be a 12 month 12x12” calendar with a top hole, spiral bound on matte (possibly) paper. Because of international sales, no holidays will be listed on the calendar. Yes, all watermarks will be removed for the calendar images :)
Over half the pin-ups are already complete, and I am on track to have a new pin-up just for the cover AND have this available and in people’s hands in time for the December 2017 holiday season, so gift time!!
Thank you all for the support and please spread the world of this campaign!
The Tip Jar
No physical reward, but every little bit helps and I thank you in advance.
This reward is one calendar.
The Calendar Pack! ($25 savings!)
A pack of 5 calendars in time for the December 2017 holiday season! How can you not win with that!?
Create a Pin-Up
This reward gets you 5 copies of the calendar and you help me art direct a pin-up composition for the calendar! We will work out a tasteful, fun and cheeky (no full nudity) pose for our lovely lady, and add her to one of the 12 months (my choice). You will also receive a professional print (about 18”) of your pin-up signed by me!
$2800-$3200 (projected) printing
$1200 (projected) shipping
$400 Kickstarter fees
What is your background?
I have a BFA in children’s book illustration and an MFA in 2D animation. I’ve done work for American Greetings, Bravo, various commercials, storyboarding, indie features and whatever else will pay the bills.
You can see my work at www.shelleyj.com and some of my time lapse drawing here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiOCDEvfReSk-DTDAeOcDXg
My previous kickstarter project can be seen here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/566924565/new-vintage-lady-plus-size-sewing-patterns-2017-co?ref=user_menu
What made you want to do an art project?
On top of what I mentioned above, I want to make a name for myself with my art on my own terms. I want to begin the journey of making art and telling my own stories with my own vision of my images.
Why a plus size pin-up calendar?
With my first successful Kickstarter, New Vintage Lady, I found I filled a need for plus size vintage sewing patterns, which is a deep love of mine. This calendar is somewhat of a carry over of that. Plus, chubby cute women confident in themselves is always a win. I'm a big proponent of body positivity no matter your size.
Is your time frame reasonable?
Totally. I have it all worked out on my own wall calendar as to what needs to be done on top of my other work. This will fit into that easily. I even have double the time factored in for the printers just to be safe.
Does your budget account for you getting paid?
Sadly, no. As seen in the brake down, this is for printing and shipping only. I want to use this project to build my audience more than anything at this stage. So please share it around if you would like to help me.
Do you have any stretch goals like greeting cards or posters?
Because of the time frame, shipping, the campaign goal, and the high printing costs, there will only be the calendar. Rewards are expensive, yo!
Risks and challenges
This will be my third kickstarter campaign. The challenge will be printing, but I have worked with the printer before, so I predict things will go smoothly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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