The phrase "Once upon a time" instantly evokes memories of childhood stories filled with deep dark forests, towering beanstalks, and talking animals. It brings us back to the days when each of us blended storybook characters and creative play to explore worlds that only existed for a few moments in time.
We'd like to continue our exploration of fairy tales by producing a book illustrated in our unique artistic fashion. We have created sample artwork for ten of our favorite stories to demonstrate our direction and style which consists of a blending of balloon art, photography and illustration. Our goal at this time is to produce a children's book of one fairy tale (probably The Three Little Pigs, but we're open to suggestions from our backers) available for sale in print and digital forms.
Balloons offer an interesting medium in which to reconstruct dreams and fantasies. Much like the afternoon daydreams from years ago, the sculpted creations quickly fade away. We find new and interesting ways of preserving and replaying those memories by recreating the fairy tales we heard as children.
What we have already
We have a collection of ten images from different fairy tales that we created as we explored the feasibility of making this book. These helped us develop methods for achieving the look we want. Combined with past works, we have been able to show them in several galleries. The response has been overwhelmingly positive.
What we need
An enormous amount of time has already gone into the production of the initial ten images. Sadly, we've found that we need to eat and pay rent in order to continue our work. Our hope is that we can continue to focus on this project without the distractions of taking other paying work at the same time.
Additionally, there is the direct cost of materials. Each element of each scene tends to be created multiple times in the process of making it just right. Thousands of balloons will be used in the making of this book.
Lastly, the one place we fall short in the equipment we have on hand is in lighting. We have been able to rig things up so far to achieve a minimally useful lighting set up, but improved lighting gear will greatly speed up our work.
Above is one of the micro crochet pigs mentioned in the rewards on the side.
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