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Last updated February 20, 2013

Hairy and Scary

A beautiful and inspiring book about a boy's journey through many landscapes and emotions ultimately finding himself and happiness.

Hairy and Scary

A beautiful and inspiring book about a boy's journey through many landscapes and emotions ultimately finding himself and happiness.

£2,485
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65
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, February 11 2013 9:17 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated February 20, 2013

About

First draught front cover.
First draught front cover.

'Hairy and Scary' is a children's picture book I started a few years ago while at university studying Illustration, I wanted to write as well as illustrate an entire book, which I found quite challenging but at the same time hugely rewarding. The story's inspiration came from my childhood, let's just say I didn't have the easiest upbringing. I could go into the details but I don't wish to make this a sob story, (Read my full Bio at the top right of this page, for more reasons behind this book) instead I want to finish creating my own children's book and turn something dark into a beautiful and inspiring read for children and adults alike.

Artwork from the first draft of the book.
Artwork from the first draft of the book.

My first draft of the book was done at university. The subject matter for the book is something I had to dig deep for and in doing so I found it very therapeutic. Looking back at it now it is a bit crude and the text far too long, I have started to tighten the story up as well as revisiting the illustrations, I wanted to start from scratch with these as I want the reader to get a more immersive experience from the book.

"The forest of fear", (revised artwork, still not the final artwork).
"The forest of fear", (revised artwork, still not the final artwork).
"The Bullying tide." (Revised artwork, still not the final artwork.)
"The Bullying tide." (Revised artwork, still not the final artwork.)


The Story.

The story starts with a young boy who Is trapped at home by an abusive monster named 'Hairy and Scary',

"The boy was captive, the monster made sure of that, he was hairy and scary with horns through his hat."

Hairy and Scary.
Hairy and Scary.
Always watching!
Always watching!

The young boy, after having a horrid time, becomes inspired by a little bird at his window and creates his own escape, then on his journey through beautiful landscapes encountering all sorts of wildlife he overcomes all of his fears and ultimately finds himself.

"Escape!" concept art.
"Escape!" concept art.

He travels to the forest of fear, the hot headed desert, the jungle of shouts and the bullying tide, eventually over the calm beautiful blue ocean and beyond. Each landscape has its own over ruling emotion that the boy must make sense of and overcome.

With your help...

As a freelance Illustrator living and working in London I find it a struggle to be able to fund my own projects, I am always working on other people's, (all hours of the day) but at the same time I am dying to get my own work under way, Hairy and Scary being the most pressing of all my projects. With your help I aim to be able to give myself this much needed time to create this book, get it published and out there for all to enjoy.

My aim is to have a fully finished book by the end of the summer, printed and ready for the public by the end of autumn, Included in the costing will be:

  • My time illustrating the book
  • Getting the book into PDF form and ready for print
  • 1,000 quality hard back books ready to go into the shops
  • All the rewards for all you lovely backers
  • A launch show in London, with artwork from the book on display as well as copies of the book to buy.

Your money would help me cover my basic living costs while illustrating the story; the printing costs for a decent quality hardback book; distribution of the book, (local independent bookstores, but hopefully the larger ones too) press and generally getting this book out there!

Also a little bit for the final show where I will have artwork from the book on display as well as the final printed book, which you will all be invited to as without you this wouldn't be possible. All the details for this will be passed on to you as I finalise them, but rest assured it will be a great event and celebration if this project goes ahead.

If I hit the target I will be so overwhelmed and eternally grateful to all who back me. Getting this story out there would mean the world to me! Also if it amazingly goes beyond the target I would not waste a penny! 

Further dreams.....Stretch goals

  • £25,000 would mean I could get more copies of the book printed and distributed.
  • £30,000 would allow me to get a really good run of the best quality printed books, a range of framed prints for sale as well as an eBook in which I'd like to incorporate moving pictures and sound! Free download of this to all backers of £100 or more.
  • £40,000 and beyond, now this is a complete dream to be honest but I do have another story I would love to get underway after Hairy and Scary. this one deals with science and the exploration of space, It would be an inspiring and educational read as I am fascinated by space and I'd love to share that with children everywhere.

If I do hit this dream goal, everyone that has backed me will receive a free A3 moon rocket print from below as well as all the other rewards in their pledge bracket as a HUGE thank you to EVERYONE that believed in this as much as me.

Space probe character design for space story, (still in development).
Space probe character design for space story, (still in development).
Concept art for space story.
Concept art for space story.
Further concept art for space story.
Further concept art for space story.

Thank you for your time and I hope you can join me on what could be a fantastic journey!

Risks and challenges

As far as risks and challenges go for this project I can't see any until the book is ready to go to print.

As I am the sole creative on this project it will be down to me to get the book illustrated and I now have many year's experience and know just what this involves. Also I have the drive and passion to get it out there and for people to enjoy. The story is all but finished, a few tweaks here and there, it's just the illustrations that need to be done.

The printing process will be something of a learning curve, but I have lots of contacts within the world of children's publishing who I can call on for tips and general advice. I am computer literate and know most of the ins and outs of the art to print process so nothing will take me by surprise.

I have been a freelance children's book illustrator for a number of years now and have illustrated a few published books as well as many commissions for publishers here in the UK and overseas.
My work can be seen on my website:
www.zackmclaughlin.com

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