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Music and illustration collide in a quirky and unique new book.
Music and illustration collide in a quirky and unique new book.
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Love music? Love design? Me too! Which is why I decided to combine them into a book. But with a twist. The idea is simple; you look at the clues and work out the song and the artist. 

I had the original idea during one of those ‘designer's block’ moments. I had The Beatles’ White Album playing in the background and Blackbird started playing. It struck me that it would be fun to illustrate a 'blackbrid singing in the dead of night', so I designed a simple illustration and posted it on Facebook.

It became a bit of weekly fun, but proved to be quite popular and friends started to look out for my weekly post (and get quite competitive as to who could get the correct answer first!). Then someone suggested it would be a great idea to get them published. And so here I am; asking for your support to realise that idea and have a book of illustrations printed.

With your help, I hope to have a 125mm x 125mm (about 5 inches) 100 page book of 46 music-inspired illustrations produced (from the 60s through to contemporary artists) with a limited edition print run of 2,000 copies. Hand numbered, these will be litho printed on a premium, uncoated paper and perfect bound. So, what sort of thing will be in the book?

If I'm fortunate enough to reach my target, then I hope to sell the books through my eyetoons website and, one day, maybe even through retailers. This would then help fund a second book, or an app, or a range of books (rock, pop... did someone say musicals? Hey, why not!). The possibilities are endless. The Kickstarter funds will cover printing, paper costs, postage and  packing, Kickstarter's fees... everything except my time which I give freely (except when juggling work and two small boys).

So that's eyetoons. Thanks so much for taking the time to read about my project. Hopefully you can help be the start of something... well, if not beautiful, certainly fun.

Risks and challenges

As the illustrations are already finished, I just need to finalise the order of the book, confirm the order to print and away we go! Print usually takes about ten days from receiving the files and the website is already in development, so everything is on schedule and would be ready for January 2013.

The final steps would be to send my fantastic supporters their rewards (see 'rewards' for details), which would also happen in January.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $8

    A HUGE thank you. I'll let the world know you support me by writing you a thank you message on my Facebook and Twitter pages. I'll also send you a PDF of the final book.

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    A HUGE thank you, a PDF of the book and a limited edition postcard of one of 40 illustrations from the book.

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    As well as a HUGE thank you, each backer will receive a CD sized desk calendar. Complete with a folding jewel case, each of the 12 cards will feature a different illustration on one side, with a custom designed calendar of the month on the reverse.

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    A HUGE thank you, a signed copy of the book and your name listed on the website as a supporter.

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    A HUGE thank you, a signed copy of the book, a limited edition 20cm print of one of 20 illustrations from the book, plus your name in the book as a supporter.

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