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Illuminating the Stars Vol. 1 will feature 33 stunning pen & ink drawings of bygone Hollywood stars by Alicia Justus for you to color!
Illuminating the Stars Vol. 1 will feature 33 stunning pen & ink drawings of bygone Hollywood stars by Alicia Justus for you to color!
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Alicia Justus is a self-taught artist who resides in Portland, Oregon. In addition to the exquisite pen & ink drawings we'll be collecting in this volume, Alicia also paints, sews, beads, sculpts, and self-publishes! We've been proudly showing her work and peddling her wares at Reading Frenzy for over a decade and we figure it's high time we share her with the rest of the world!

Alicia's artwork hearkens back to other eras from the gilded age to the great depression. For the past three years Alicia and her boyfriend, Jacob Balcom, have been hosting Record/Coloring nights at local lounges, inviting friends and fans to to while away the evening sipping cocktails and coloring pretty pictures of mostly early golden era Hollywood film stars (especially those with sordid pasts and/or tragic deaths). Illuminating the Stars Volume 1 will collect 36 of her favorite weekly drawings.

The drawings are done. We're currently in the midst of the exacting and time consuming process of scanning and cleaning up the originals, removing extraneous text, and re-lettering most of the images with both hand drawn and vintage typefaces.

REWARDS

Coloring Book: This 36-page, 9"x12" coloring book will have a beautiful full color cover, and 33 black & white coloring pages (see below for complete list of stars).

Cover Mock Up
Cover Mock Up
  • Buster Keaton
  • Olive Thomas
  • Florence Lawrence
  • Larry Semon
  • John Gilbert
  • Mary Pickford
  • Fatty Arbuckle
  • Mabel Normand
  • Nina Mae McKinney
  • Lya de Putti 
  • Martha Mansfield
  • Lon Chaney
  • Anna May Wong
  • Mary Nolan (Bubbles)
  • Lou Tellegen
  • Roszicka and Jancsika Dolly
  • Karl Dane
  • Jeanne Eagels
  • Louise Brooks (Lulu)
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Lottie Pickford
  • Jack Pickford
  • Alma Rubens
  • Bela Lugosi
  • Thelma Todd
  • Ramon Novarro
  • Mayo Methot
  • Tom Mix
  • Rudolph Valentino
  • Natacha Rambova
  • Juanita Hansen
  • Myrtle Gonzales
  • Russ Columbo
  • Clara Bow

Sample Images

Buster Keaton ~ Silent Film Star, Vaudevillian, and Comedian
Buster Keaton ~ Silent Film Star, Vaudevillian, and Comedian
Anna May Wong -- First Chinese American Movie Star
Anna May Wong -- First Chinese American Movie Star
Lottie Pickford ~ Silent Film Actress & Socialite
Lottie Pickford ~ Silent Film Actress & Socialite

Print: We're also offering a limited edition print of the back cover image! This heirloom archival pigment print will be printed on 100% cotton rag paper, measure approximately 9"x12", and limited to an edition of 25.

Buster Keaton
Buster Keaton

Pocket Mirror: This 3" diameter compact mirror features a portrait of Ginger Rogers on one side and a mirror on the other.

Ginger Rogers Pocket Mirror
Ginger Rogers Pocket Mirror

WHERE THE $$ IS GOING

The $1500 we're hoping to raise will offset printing costs, production costs, shipping and project fees. The actual project cost will depend the number of rewards we end up producing but our costs will probably run around $2000 for printing the books, $300+ for prints and mirrors, 10% of total raised to Kickstarter/Amazon Payments, and $4 and up for packing and shipping per backer. 

Risks and challenges

The interior artwork and cover are completely done. Our biggest hurdle is having the images professionally cleaned up, adding new lettering, and laying out the book, which is currently in process.

We run a small press and we've already got a quote from our printer, and we're set up to receive and ship rewards when the books arrive. We anticipate this project being done before September 2015 but we don't want to disappoint anyone with delays so we've given ourselves a generous timeframe.

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