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A surreal fairy tale story about a woman who's life and body come apart and must be pieced back together.
A surreal fairy tale story about a woman who's life and body come apart and must be pieced back together.
131 backers pledged $6,683 to help bring this project to life.

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Thank you for checking out my kickstarter book project! My name is Dean Stuart, also known by the pen name Deangus. I'm an painter and illustrator in Oakland California. I've been making work for books and magazines as well as showing my paintings in galleries across the country for the past several years. 

STRETCH GOALS!!

Because of the awesome support from everyone from the beginning I wanted to offer some stretch goals for the last remaining days of this kickstarter campaign. The goal has been met and exceeded expectations. So for EVERYONE involved who backed the $28 tier and above I will include in your shipment one custom made enamel pin. I just designed these so these are only mock ups, but the actual pins I will post images of once I have them:) 

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Enamel pin mock-up

 $5,500 Goal

The next stretch goal is a custom screen-printed t-shirt. If the campaign meets the $5,500 goal I will be able to include these for every backer of the $28 tier or higher. These will be made on cotton white tshirts. I'll have each backer fill out their tshirt size in the questionnaire I'll send out after the campaign. 

Finders Keepers shirt mock-up
Finders Keepers shirt mock-up

 

 

The book project is for a story called Finders Keepers. About a year ago when I decided to take on a dream project-- to create full color illustrated picture book with original paintings. They started from a few pieces I had shown in a gallery and turned into a larger story about an epic fairy tale. 

The story is about a woman who gets into a tragic bike accident and falls into a coma. We follow her conscious as it begins a journey into another world where her body is broken apart and each piece must embark on its own quest to come back to reality. She is discovered by strange creatures, some of whom want to nurture her and some who want to take her further away. In the end she is challenged to find the strength to put the pieces of herself back together. 

I hope for this story to be an aid for those going through grief or loss. I believe the power of fairy tale allows the reader to leave a sense of reality to explore a difficult situation through a more colorful lens. 

 

 

 

Interior Art
Interior Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finders Keepers will be a total of 48 pages of rich colorful printed pages with accompanied text to carry the story. The book will be hardback and 10 by 10 inches in size. If the budget allows, the book will come with a wrap around jacket cover with the full cover painting. All the illustrations in the books are paintings and are all professionally photographed and laid out to fit the double spread square format.

Book spread mockups
Book spread mockups

 

 

 

Finders Keepers Book
Finders Keepers Book

 

 

#1  $5  Downloadable PDF of Finders Keepers

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#2  $12 Tutorial and Painting/Materials demo plus PDF of Finders Keepers

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#3   $28  A copy of the Finders Keepers book

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#4   $40  Signed and numbered edition of the Finders Keepers book + Tutorial/Demo

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#5  $45 Limited Edition Print of 'Break'  + Finders Keepers book + Tutorial/Demo

            'Break' Prints are 11 x 14" and limited to 50

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#6  $60 Limited to 30 Edition Screenprinted Poster + FK Book + Demo

 Screenprinted posters are 11"x 17" and limited to 30

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#7  $80 Limited to 30 Edition Screenprinted Poster + Limited Edition Print of 'Break'+ FK Book + Demo

 

 

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#9  $1000  

Get the Original Oil Painting 'Break' from the book!

Measures 30" x 22"

Plus a Limited Signed copy of Finders Keepers 

Pledge Option original oil painting of 'Break' 30" x 22"
Pledge Option original oil painting of 'Break' 30" x 22"

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The funds earned from the backing of this kickstarter will go to a few different places

Printing $3,200

I'm using Print Ninja for the printing and manufacturing of Finders Keepers book. I have sampled several of their books and they offer great quality offset printing with perfect color and detail in their prints. They make beautiful books with solid construction.  

http://www.PrintNinja.com?utm_source=kickstarter&utm_medium=badge&utm_content=Printer-Badge-2&utm_campaign=Printer-Badges

Shipping $500-$1,000

Shipping ain't cheap. USPS offers media mail and Stamps.com makes shipping cheaper for books. Each book will cost up to $6 to ship. Final cost depends on how many books are chosen in the campaign. 

Materials and extra costs $200-300

Hand screenprinting and making high quality limited prints of the Poster and 'Break' cost extra money. I wanted to make the best possible quality art, so a small portion of the funds will go here.

Risks and challenges

Timing is going to be the biggest challenge. I've spent over a year on creating the art and writing the story for Finders Keepers. The entire book will be have twice as much art in the end. Most of this has been sketched and thought out already, however the task of hand painting the illustrations can be slow. My challenge is to speed this up with the time and inspiration I will have after this campaign.

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    Digital copy of Finders Keepers

    Digital version of Finders Keepers book with all the art and text in a beautiful easy to read pdf

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    Demo/Tutorial + pdf of Finders Keepers

    Video demo of piece from sketch to finish and a tutorial of materials and methods

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    Finders Keepers Book

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    Limited Edition of 50 Finders Keepers

    A signed and numbered copy of Finders Keepers. Limited to 50.

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    Book + Limited Edition Print

    -Signed limited edition glicee print of 'Break'
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    -copy of Finders Keepers book

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    Book + Screenprint +Demo Vid

    -Signed 5 color screenprint of the Finders Keepers poster.
    Limited to 30.

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    -copy of Finders Keepers book

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    Print+Poster+Book+Demo

    -Signed 5 color screenprint of the Finders Keepers poster.
    Limited to 30.

    -Limited edition print of 'Break'

    -copy of Finders Keepers

    --Demo/Video of sketch to finish piece

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    Original commissioned Gouache painting

    -Commission an original 8 x 11" gouache painting in a subject of your choice

    -Limited edition print of 'Break'

    -Limited edition screenprint of FK poster

    -Copy of Finders Keepers

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    Get the Original painting of 'Break'

    Get the original framed painting of 'Break'
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