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A 40-page coloring book celebrating the sublime and creepy aspects of the animal kingdom.
105 backers pledged $4,309 to help bring this project to life.

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 I'm Ashly Grey, a freelance watercolorist and illustrator. I favor animals, the marvelous, the sublime, and the macabre. I've always been drawn to the creepy or unusual, but admire the glory of the natural world and its inhabitants. You can view finished or in-progress work on my Facebook, my Etsy, Instagram, or Wordpress.

The Magnificent, Marvelous and Macabre started its life as a small coloring book, a mere 12 pages long, with the originals intended as a colorful watercolor series for competition. I have chosen to expand that coloring book, and am here on kickstarter to make that happen.

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 I have 40 drawings in mind, 12 of which are complete, two in progress, and the rest to happen during the campaign and if we reach funding. Each is a unique perspective on nature and animal kind, with a dash of macabre and mystery added in for good measure. These pages are to be colored in any way you choose with your choice of dry media: colored pencils, crayons, pastel, or markers.

The Magnificent Marvelous and Macabre coloring book will 8.5" x 11" softcover book, perfect binding and full color cover, as well as the 40 illustrations within. The book with feature a menagerie of animals, wild and domestic, from rabbits and cats to civets and macaws all of varying complexity and positively begging for color.

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The majority of the funds will be put towards printing, shipping, and covering my time spent drawing and preparing. 

To keep things fresh during this campaign, I have several stretch goals, should we exceed funding:

-- $4500 -- at this level, I will include FULL COLOR, 2'' x 3'' indoor/outdoor sticker of a finished artwork in ALL reward levels.

-- $5500 -- at this level, I will include 5 GLOSSY POSTCARDS to all reward levels

--$7000 -- at this level I will include 10 ADDITIONAL illustrations, making them 50 total

-- $10,000 -- At this level I will include 10 MORE illustrations, total of 60 in all.

 $2 -- The lowest tier reward, you'll receive my gratitude, as well as a 1" button with one of the finished, painted macabre animals on it. I'll be doing various designs, so it's a toss-up on what you'll get!

$5 -- This reward includes the 1" button as well as a single print of a macabre animal that won't be in the original run of the book. This single black and white print can be framed or given as a gift after you color!

$15 -- This reward is for the coloring book - the 40 image book as well as the button and the single black and white print

$25 -- This reward is for one coloring book, 1 button, one b&w print, as well as an 8x10" color print of one of the painted Macabre pieces - ready for framing.

$50 -- This reward is for 3 coloring books, 1 color print, one b&w print, and 1 button

$100 -- This reward includes all of the above rewards, but 4 coloring books, and an original 4"x6" painting done by me in watercolor. It can be any animal of your choice!

$200 -- This reward is just like the previous reward, but you receive an original 8"x10" watercolor painting - any animal of your choice!

"Recide" in progress
"Recide" in progress
"Interred"
"Interred"
"Queen" detail
"Queen" detail
Another illustration in the works
Another illustration in the works
"In the Thistle" in progress
"In the Thistle" in progress

For ease of use, here are a couple things to keep in mind, should we reach funding:

Address: Please make sure your address is correct. I will mail rewards to the addresses as they are written, and if there are any mistakes, your rewards will get shipped back to me, and you will have to pay for shipping. Please double check! You email address must also be one that is valid and that you check often, so there is no delay in you receiving your reward.

Credit Card Information: Please make sure your information is correct and up to date. If you get declined because of it, you will be dropped as a backer. Since no one wants this to happen, please check. (if this happens accidentally, don't hesitate to contact me, and we can work out alternative forms of payment.)

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge with this project once it's funded would be meeting the deadlines. There is still a lot of art to be made on my end, with at least 35 drawings to be drawn and inked. Each can take up to four/six hours, depending on complexity, and with having a busy life, time can really get away from you! Should I receive funding, of course meeting the deadlines and fulfilling rewards will be my topmost priority.

Beyond deadlines, there could be delays from the printer, especially as the orders for books or other rewards gets higher with more backers. If there should be problems, my backers will be first to know, as I will update this project regularly as I create the images, get the rewards ready, etc.

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    A 1" button of the finished artwork - A pinback button of one of the finished, painted pieces.

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    8.5"x 11" Black and white "mystery print" from the macabre series, an image not featured in the coloring book, and ready to color + 1" button

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    One finished coloring book + 1" button + b&w Macabre mystery print

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    One coloring book + 1 color 8"x10" print from painted Macabre pieces - your choice! + b&w Macabre mystery print + 1" button

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    Three coloring books + 1 color 8"x10" print from painted Macabre pieces + b&w Macabre mystery print + 1" button

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    4 copies of the coloring book + 1 color 8"x10" print from painted Macabre pieces + b&w Macabre "mystery" print + 1" button + 4" x 6" original watercolor painting - animal of your choice!

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    4 copies of the coloring book + 1 color 8"x10" print from painted Macabre pieces + b&w Macabre "mystery" print + 1" button + 8" x 10" original watercolor painting - animal of your choice!

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