Hey guys! My name is April, I'm a self taught artist in Maryland. Art and creating have always been a passion of mine and through a lot of hard work I've been able to make it my full time job.
For the past 3 years I've focused all my energy on illustrating and creating art based goods, in order to share that passion with everyone. To keep this dream alive I have been traveling nearly every weekend to promote my work. While I am grateful for the adventures, I would also love a home base to truly call my own.
My dream has always been to open a retail store. I'm thinking Hampden, Baltimore. Having this space would allow me to keep my products readily available and give me more time to just WORK. Spending less time on the road will give me the opportunity to create more and become faster at my craft. Pretty soon, all this free time will allow me to take on more commissions (hooray for more portraits and tattoo designs!). But what makes my retail space so special is that this won't just be a space for my work or for just for my use. In this space I would invite other local artists to come hang out and draw with me. We can bounce ideas around, collaborate, learn, and motivate each other. Or to simply have company while we create. In return, creators can promote and sell their work through my shop. But my shop won't just be supporting local artists. I intend to regularly bring in international artists work to keep the shop new and exciting for shoppers and artists alike.
In order for me to put this together I need the space, advertising, supplies and just a whole bunch of other stuff. This is where I need your help. I've put together some pretty exciting rewards, including personal notes, handmade goodies, and original art! Let me break down some of these rewards for you.
$10 donations get a randomly selected art postcard with a love note, hand written by me. You can take a look here at some of the many post cards I will be sending you.
$25 donations will receive 3 prints.
They will be reproduced on 8.5X11" 120lb satin finish cardstock and signed Three for the price of one.
#1 They best sellers "Mermaid", "Sailor Beard", and "Kitten Beard".
$25 - Star Wars Bun Series!
My newest work!
$25 - Woodland Series
"Forgotten Crab-Apples", "Iris" and "Begonia's Sister"
$25- The Wild series
"Dark Horse", "Rabbit Ghosts" and "Ginger Flower"
$25 -The Nautical Series
"Black Fish", "Sucker" and "Sea Monsta"
$25- The Sugar Girls
"Sugar Fan", "Sugar Twins" and "Sugar Skull"
$26- New T- shirt with original Sea Monsta' design with print!
This t-shirt was created especially for this project! Designed by myself and the Killustrator himself Steve A Becker ( a frequenter in Baltimore) and screen printed by locals. Choose between a scoop neck and v neck on a super soft classic black tshirt. Size XS- 4XL.
Also recieve 3 randomly selected post cards AND 8.5X11" 120lb silk coated print
$27 Water Colors!
Three of my eariler water color pieces. "Caitlyn" "5am" And "Ginger Wren"
$35 - You will not only get an art postcard but you will get a handmade art pendant. Choose either my new print "Holly" specifically illustrated for Kickstarter or the ever so popular "Mermaid" illustration.
$50- Birthday Bird Botanical. Like a gemstone and a flower each month is also represented by a bird. With this pledge you will receive all twelve of my early sketches. Perfect to share with friends or to start a little collection of your own.
$55 -A limited edition print of "Holly", a work in progress that is near a dear to my heart. I am creating her for this project. You can follow her being created on Instagram
$100- SWAG BAG Choose your tote :Sea Monsta, Sailor Beard, 5am, Kitten Beard, Sugar Skull, Mermaid and Begonia's Sister.
Chose a ring from reward #3 and A necklace from #5 AND receive an 8X10 signed and dated print of the new Illustration "Holly".
$150- A quick original portrait sketch! Usually between 4-6 hours. The first 50 donations only (I can only draw so much!).
$250 to $1500
This is where it gets wild! In addition to full commission pieces I will have originals available. The originals I have for rewards are from the start of my artistic career. I want to share them with you and make you be a part of my goal. I have reduced the original prices on nearly all of them. This is your only opportunity to have an original piece for this price. Most all of these come as is, unless specified in the listing.
Click on each name to get the details of each piece.
The shipping times are an overestimation. I hope to get them to you as soon as possible!
And on a side note:
Thanks Scott Holmes for your music! "Jump for Joy". Thanks to Linda!! The sweetest blogger I know! And thanks to all my friends and followers who believe in me.
Risks and challenges
Finding the perfect location may prove difficult. I have a few spots in mind and I am ready to move in as soon as a suitable location is found.
Once I'm established I'll need to run advertising and fully furnish the shop.
But I am remaining positive! And confidant we can make this dream come true.
- (31 days)