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A 100-page full-color art materials and techniques book, featuring markers, colored pencils, watercolors, digital painting, and more.

UPDATE! Stretch goals! 

As I put together my book, I am taking time from my regular freelance work and my day jobs to devote to making more art and tutorials for all of you. The initial $2000 covers the cost of printing and shipping the book and the rewards, and little else. Raising additional funds will allow me to create a longer book and give you, my backers, more rewards!

Stretch goal: $2500 – At $2500 I will add a materials guide to the beginning of the book, talking a little more about each of the materials I use, evaluating different brands, and talking about cost effective alternatives to more expensive brands.

Stretch goal: $3000 – At $3000 I will unlock an additional 16 pages of sketch art and process work, and every backer who contributed $30 or more will receive a pack of postcard art

Stretch goal: $4000 – at $4000, I will add two more tutorials in the book: mixed media techniques and cut paper illustration.

Stretch goal: $5000 – at $5000 I will include a digital 15-page pdf “coloring book” of various lineart drawings for ALL backers, plus an additional in-book tutorial (backers vote)

Why stretch goals?  My goal has always been to be able to provide this how-to book for $20, and more backers means a larger print run, resulting in lower printing costs per book!  This means I can make a longer book with more content!

Ever wondered how artists get that certain effect in photoshop?  How they handle watercolors so well?  How they know what they're doing with markers?  

As a comic artist and illustrator I have used a variety of media and had to solve many of these problems on my own.  This artbook consolidates much of my knowledge on a variety of media and techniques, adding in useful tips and shortcuts I have gleaned from a BFA in illustration and a MFA in sequential art.

Electric Abyss: The art of Heidi Black is a 100-page artbook featuring full-color illustrations and how-to sections on more than ten different materials and techniques.  

The idea came about after I began teaching - there are a lot of art books out there, but most of them only showcase art.  There are also a number of "how to" books, but so many skip important details, or are meant for hobbyists.  
What makes this book different is the content has been created from my years of experience as a student, teacher, and professional illustrator - questions I've been asked, trends I've encountered, and real-life experience.  It includes things I wanted to know when I was younger - things like how to get watercolors to cooperate, or how to blend in Photoshop.  More importantly, it features questions that YOU ask!

In these sections, detailed step-by-step processes will be included, from the initial image to the final result, and all the tricks and tips in between. Most of the tutorials and techniques come from questions asked on my deviantart, taintedsilence.deviantart.com, my tumblr, heidiblack.tumblr.com, or asked in person throughout my teaching experiences. These sections will be filled out as you, my backers, continue to ask me questions.

Examples of art that will be featured in the book
Examples of art that will be featured in the book

The $2000 asked for to fund this project will cover the printing and shipping costs of a full-color, full-bleed artbook, as well as promotional materials and backer rewards.  I hope to be able to print 200 copies to distribute.  Any remaining funds will be used to pay bills as I devote time to the book instead of my regular freelance work, but most of the cost will be put towards the highest quality book I can provide.

Some of the tutorials included are ones I have done that have been featured online by sites such as Copic Marker!

Backer rewards include prints, posters (not pictured), original art, commissions, bookmarks, and comics!

Continued updates of this project will be posted under my tumblr, heidiblack.tumblr.com or my deviantart, taintedsilence.deviantart.com

UPDATE!  Additional backer reward art!

This art will be available at the $100 and above tiers!
This art will be available at the $100 and above tiers!
Additional art available at the $100 and above tiers!
Additional art available at the $100 and above tiers!
This beautifully matted art will be available at the $150 and above tiers!
This beautifully matted art will be available at the $150 and above tiers!

For a complete list of prints and posters available as rewards, visit http://www.electricabyss.com/rewards.html

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ElectricAbyss showcases art that I have completed in the last four years, along with many tips and tricks and processes, but is far from complete. As an illustrator and sequential artist with an MFA, I have been trained in many different media, and it is a huge challenge to be able to share every one of them. I've taken the media and techniques I am best-versed in and wind up using the most. Though if this project does well, I hope to be able to make a second book that expounds upon some of these techniques

For this book, however, finding a quality printer that can produce a 8x10" book, full color and full bleed for a decent price is going to be the largest challenge.

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