About this project
Book Details. What lurks inside?
Brom has collected together the very best of his art spanning his 30 year career. Many pieces have never before been published. He's included a rare glimpse into his studio, and an in-depth showcase exploring his creative process, including sketches and preliminaries. Brom has written an insightful autobiography sharing his artistic journey from his earliest childhood drawings, his frustrations with commercial art, challenges breaking into the industry, to his years working in games and film, and insights into his latest personal works.
This book will be 9 x 12 inches and encompass 208 pages (trade edition), 224 pages (publisher edition) and 225 pages (deluxe edition). The "Publisher" and "Deluxe" editions will only be available direct from the publisher and artist. We have a fantasy cover and nude cover to choose from for the "Publisher" edition. Depending on your pledge amount there is a sketchbook, giclee print and even an opportunity to have your portrait done as a zombie by Brom that will go in the book!
Bonus for Book Purchase Pledges:
Everyone who makes a book purchase pledge ($47.00 or more) will receive an 8 x 10 inch print signed by Brom and will be listed in a special Kickstarter acknowledgments section in the book!
Due to the overwhelming support we have added a second 8 x 10 inch signed print to all book purchase pledges in the amount of $47.00 or more!
Bonus Signed Prints and Portfolio Stretch Goal [8/28]
We are pleased to announce our first stretch goal! If the top goal is met all five signed prints will be packaged into a unique portfolio exclusive to our Kickstarter supporters who have made a book pledge of $47.00 or more. Two signed prints have already been unlocked, and the next three will be revealed as we hit the goals listed below. And there's more to come! We will be announcing yet another bonus and stretch goal very soon.
Bonus Update: Signed Mystery Print #3 Unlocked [8/30]
Thanks to everyone for hitting our latest stretch goal! We have unlocked our signed mystery print #3. All book pledges of $47.00 or more will now include three signed prints!
Bonus Update: Signed Mystery Print #4 Unlocked [9/1]
Thanks to your continued support we have reached our latest stretch goal! We have unlocked our signed mystery print #4. All book pledges of $47.00 or more will now include four signed prints!
Bonus Update: Signed Print #5 with Portfolio Envelope Unlocked! Vote on Print #5! [9/11]
It is our pleasure to share the news that the fifth signed print and portfolio envelope has been unlocked! All book pledges of $47.00 or above will now receive a bonus Brom portfolio holding five individually signed prints exclusive to our Kickstarter supporters! Thank you all for this opportunity.
Bonus Update: Signed Print #5 Revealed! [9/17]
After nearly 500 votes the fifth signed print chosen for inclusion in the Brom portfolio is option "C" titled "Morgan Le Fay." Thanks to everyone who played a part in the selection process!
Bonus Update: Upgraded Book Binding! [9/22]
We are now upgrading the binding on our Publisher and Deluxe Editions of "The Art of Brom!" Due to your overwhelming support we will further add to the artistic and unique individuality of this collection. (In other words, we will go nuts with the binding!) Please see our Update #8 for full details.
Update for "Artist Combination Package"
We realized we left out the dimensions for the giclee print that comes with this package. It will be 12 x 16 inches.
This book will ship to Kickstarter supporters in June 2013. All Kickstarter patrons will get their books 3-4 weeks before the trade edition hits the stores in early August. And again, the Publisher and Deluxe editions will not be available through the stores—just from us!
All pledge amounts include USPS Media Mail shipping within the U.S. Shipping for International orders needs to be entered manually. Please add $34.00 for orders from Canada and $48.00 for all other International orders. (The actual shipping costs are a little higher but we've decided to pitch in and help to keep the costs lower.) International orders ship by USPS Priority Mail. This is the most affordable option available. Taxes and fees vary by country. Please be aware International orders may be required to pay a duty tax by your local postal station.
Artist, Brom, and Flesk publisher, John Fleskes, share their thoughts:
“What I'm most excited about is the opportunity to put together this art book the way I like art books to be put together: large images and plenty of close ups to see the brush work,” shares Brom. “I'm also thrilled that the advances in printing and scanning technology will allow me to present my work at its very best. To this I've rescanned and personally color corrected all the artwork (including previously published images) to bring the paintings to life as close to the originals as possible -- 400 dpi files and the finest dot screens on the highest quality papers to assure the clearest, cleanest reproductions.”
John Fleskes adds: “Having the opportunity to work closely with Brom will ensure the colors and tones properly reflect how he wants his artwork to be shown. We are combining his artistic abilities with my ten years of publishing experience to create a book that serves as a work of art in itself. It’s very exciting to be involved in a project such as this: one that will challenge us both, and one that must meet our combined criteria for excellence."
Brom’s thoughts on Flesk Publications:
“Publishing is not the easiest way to make a living in this day and age, you have to love books. John Fleskes loves books, loves publishing -- giving up a stable career to pursue this passion. I admire that. I also admire that he only publishes books that he would wish to buy, only artists whose work he admires. Publishing is a very personal matter with him and it shows in his attention to detail, his dedication to bringing the highest production values possible to every book. John promotes the arts through quality collections. I feel very fortunate to be working with him on my book.”
John Fleskes’ thoughts on Brom:
“Brom's art is in a constant stage of evolution. In his early work his subjects tended to exemplify strength and power. Brom’s recent work draws more from the pre-Raphaelite vein—darkly romantic and classical. In “The Art of Brom,” we focus not on a single viewpoint, but encompass the growth of a career; the ongoing evolution of an artist. Furthermore, Brom the person is a delight. Even though he categorizes himself as a "dark" artist, he is far from dark in person. He has a passion for life and is fun to work with.”
“Kickstarter is a wonderful way to have a personal connection with those supporting my work," says Brom. "As well as a chance to offer an array of unique personalized items that won't be available in stores. On a more personal note, it's a heck of a fun platform to promote on."
“I couldn’t agree more,” adds John. “Kickstarter is an exciting way to get back to my roots of being a fan, the very thing that pushed me to get started publishing, and build a connection with other like-minded people and reward them with bonus material for supporting us early on. Brom and I are basically looking to reward the fans and give them a stunning book--the very thing we would want for ourselves.”
A final message from Brom:
“Most importantly, regardless of whether you contribute to this project or not, I would like to take this opportunity to thank any and all of you that have enjoyed and shared my work over the years. Painting can be very solitary endeavor at times and I am continually moved to discover that my work touches others. I would also like to say I am forever grateful to be able to pursue my muse for a living -- something I could not do without your support. Again, thank you."
For more samples of Brom's artwork, please visit www.bromart.com
We did consider a digital release and decided to keep the book focused on a tangible book. Unfortunately we are not offering a digital version of the art book at this time. There is the possibility of one several years down the road.
International shipping costs are, unfortunately, dictated by the cost of shipping internationally. The Art of Brom will be a solid tome—a tall, wide, hardcover binding hundreds of thick, high-quality pages. Of course, these qualities that make the book what it needs to be are the same qualities that drive up shipping costs… We are taking no cut of these costs. Indeed, we’re paying a portion of them ourselves.
The $47 − $70 tiers can be doubled by simply doubling your pledge amount for that item. Please note that this is NOT an option for the item-limited tiers of $150 or more.
We will be in touch with everyone that picked up a personalized book to get the name of the person you wish to have it signed to, whether that will be you or a friend. This will be done through a Kickstarter survey. Undead supporters may contact Brom via his Ouija account.
The Deluxe Edition ships with the Publisher Fantasy cover. Being a slipcase edition, The Universe had not the heart to cover a Brom Nude. The imagery used for the Trade, Fantasy and Nude covers will be included inside each edition of the book.
Unfortunately Kickstarter does not offer Paypal as a form of payment. Not only has Kickstarter been good to us and we want to respect their payment method, but it also helps us to manage all of the pledges when paid solely through the Kickstarter option available.
Are the $150.00 "Deluxe Edition with Signed Sketchbook" and the $160.00 "Deluxe Edition with Signed Sketchbook 2" different or the same?
They are indeed the same. We originally listed 200 copies of the Deluxe Edition at $150.00. Since they sold out so quickly we decided to add an additional 70 copies at the $160.00 price for our Kickstarter supporters. It is our hope that this allows more people the opportunity to get the Deluxe edition with the Kickstarter goodies.
The sketch that Brom will be drawing in some of the rewards will be a simple iconic image drawn in pencil and around 5" tall, probably a nicely rendered zombie head or voodoo skull. Other surprise variations may form as Brom does the sketches.
The palette is 12x16" and is a single sheet of wax type paper (no box).
You bet. We are already in discussion regarding another exciting idea. Stay tuned!
The international shipping costs covers one copy of the book.
For all international orders, if you happen to get two or more books, please add $10.00 USD for each additional book. For instance, shipping for one book is $48.00, two books is $58.00, three books is $68.00, etc.
For Canada orders, the additional $10.00 extra still applies per extra book. Please include $34.00 for shipping one book, $44.00 for two, $54.00 for three, etc.
And again, shipping overseas is costly, which is unfortunate. We are actually paying for part of the shipping. The prices we charge are less than what we are actually paying.
For the Artist Combination Packages 1 & 2, the Zombie Portrait Package and the Dinner with the Devil package, the shipping is a flat $34.00 for books going to Canada, and a flat $48.00 for all other international orders. There's no need to add anything extra for the shipping on those. We're covering the rest. It's only when people add on additional books on top of a single reward that the additional $10 per book for international shipping comes into play.
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