About this project
The Journal has been 2 years in the making, starting from a dream to bring together a collection of masters of modern imaginative art, and a art book that will give you an insight into their creative process. The list of artists involved in this project ranges from tried and true industry veterans to upstart young guns across genres, styles and countries. Only their art speaks for them – interwoven with who they are and the stories they are telling.
The opportunity arose to share my dream with Iain McCaig, who further inspired a drive for bigger and better project ideas. The ideas continued to flourish when Barron Storey and I spent a day digging through his journals, leaving me amazed at how he captured himself in his words and worlds.
Inspired by Barron, the theme follows an unguided and uncensored insight into the artists' approach to their piece. Every artist is going to create a double page spread, for which they are given complete artistic and creative freedom, in order to bring closer their creation and thought process for their work. The Journal has everything from full illustrations, concept piece, to sketch book and style explorations, to collages and mindful essays – a true and open expression of each participant. A unique and exotic mix of flavors and stories, just like the artists themselves.
Below is the list of artists that have committed to participating so far, and there are more to be announced.
Allen Williams, Alyssa Winans, Andrea Sipl, Andrew Theophilopoulos, Anna Dittmann, Bastien Lecouffe Deharme, Bill Carman, Brom, Brynn Metheney, Bud Cook, Chuck Lukacs, Cory Godbey, Craig Elliott, Dave Dorman, Donato Giancola, Drew Sheneman, Elizabeth Leggett, Eva Widermann, Filippo Vanzo, Galen Dara, George Pratt, Grahame Baker Smith, Henrik Uldalen, Iain McCaig, Ian Miller, J.A.W. Cooper, James Gurney, Jaime Jones, Jean-Baptiste Monge, Jeremy Sorrell, Jessica Shirley, John Harris, John Picacio, John-Paul Balmet, Jon Foster, Karla Ortiz, Kelly McKernan, Kinuko Y Craft, Laurie Brom, Marc Scheff, Mark A. Nelson, Micah Epstein, Mike Yamada, Nekro, Nerses Malakjan, Orlando Arocena, Paul Bonner, Paul Sullivan, Paul Tobin, Petar Meseldzija, Rebecca Guay, Reiko Murakami, Richard Anderson, Rob Rey, Ron Lemen, Rovina Cai, Samuel Araya, Sean Andrew Murray, Sho Murase, Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Sterling Hundley, Terryl Whitlatch, Tobias Kwan, Tommy Arnold, Tony DiTerlizzi, Tony Rodriguez, Tooba Rezaei, Tracy Lewis, Tuna Bora, Vanessa Lemen, Wylie Beckert, Yukari Masuike...and more to come!
• A 9"x12" oversized book
• Heavy Stock Paper - 200 gsm matte art paper• Spot Gloss on every art page for vivid color and clear contrast
• Protective Slip Cover
• Trade Soft Cover
• Fabric Bound Deluxe Hard Cover
• Foil Stamping on hardcover and slip cover
• High Quality Binding
• Gilded page edges
• Book Ribbon and Matching Head Band
• Clam Shell Encasing for Exclusive level rewards
• Digital PDF (featuring every page in print quality)
First and foremost, most of the works for this book are in the process of being created. This work is fresh, new and unseen, unlike all of the rehash art books out there.Every artist is given complete freedom of how they are going to develop their own spread.
Furthermore, this creative venture is a completely transparent and democratic project - led by ArtOrder Publishing, which means that the profits are evenly shared (past production costs) between everyone included in the making of the Journal. Additionally, the artists retain all the rights to their works.
Every cent you spend on this project impacts every artist directly. By supporting this kind of project, we can create a movement for other open projects like this to flourish.
All pledgers will be featured with their full names (or nicknames, under their discretion) inside both the printed and digital version of the Journal.
Stretch Goal #1: We are sure a lot of you will have a difficult time choosing which print to get from the book, seeing as how awesome the line-up is so far. When we cross this one, you'll get to choose two of them, making the choice easier (or perhaps even harder).
Stretch Goal #2: The book is going to get a lot more art. We are going to add more artists and let them display their favorite pieces. A salon exhibition contained within the journey of The Journal.
Stretch Goal #3: How about getting a bunch of the art in the book printed separately? Hang it on your wall, use it to decorate your notebook, analyze it - and paint over it... its all up to you.
You even get to decide what 30 Artists are getting (re)printed!
ArtOrder was created to help empower, educate, and bring creative dreams to life. All of my clients are creators, by design. I'm dedicated to giving creatives access to my 30 years of industry knowledge, contacts, resources and access to printers and manufacturers that typically don't work with the general public. This allows me to offer substantial costs savings, and high quality development - which leaves your fans delighted and more profit in your pocket.
About Jon Schindehette:
Jon Schindehette is the owner of ArtOrder, curator of fine limited edition prints for Beautimarks, educator with Bethany School Applied Arts, and creative director for ThinkGeek Denver / GameStop. He has more than 30 years of experience in the creative industry and has worked for such companies and brands as: Disney, Fox Entertainment, Warner Brothers, Hasbro, Wizards of the Coast, Harley-Davidson, Microsoft, Kodak, Price Waterhouse, Atari, Activision, Sony Entertainment, Bioware, Bethesda SoftWorks, Crystal Dynamics, and many more.
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ArtStation is the showcase platform for games, film, media & entertainment artists. It enables artists to showcase their portfolios in a slick way, discover & stay inspired, and connect with new opportunities.
Risks and challenges
There are always risks with any endeavor, but we have worked to reduce risks as much as possible.
• Artists: Due to life circumstances, the actual artist list is subject to change without notice. While every artist has committed to participate, because so many works are still in process, we cannot rule out life emergencies from affecting an artists ability to participate.
• Printing: I am working with a trusted print & manufacturing vendors, and have successfully completed many projects with them. This is a physical process that can be affected by many environmental and political events - these may affect our ability to have a timely fulfillment, but we will communicate any delays as soon as we know of them.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
This is a great question. There are a number of factors that go into the pricing of a book, especially an art book.
• Quality of printing and quality of materials.
I am using superior quality materials, high end papers, excellent bindery techniques, and lots of premium bells and whistles - even more so in the deluxe and exclusive offerings.
The more books you print, the less expensive they are. Most of the books you see in your local mall bookstore are printing 10's of thousands of books. For them, it's all about volume rather than sweating the details to make sure they get a top notch book.
• Paying the artists
I got into this business because I was tired of watching my friends get worked over by traditional publishers. Many of which don't even pay the artist to include their works in compilation art books. Even books that use a single artists works tend to pay cents per book to the artist...in rare situations, they might even pay them an entire $1! For this book, I am splitting ALL of the profits evenly amongst all the folks that helped make this book possible. That even includes me. There is no special "publisher" pay out.
So, is this book more expensive than your standard, run-of-the-mill art book you can snag at the mall book store? Yep, is it a great price for the quality? I certainly think so, and am quite confident you will agree when you get your copy. Is it worth spending a little more to make sure that artists continue to get paid for their skills and talent and so that ArtOrder can continue to run programs like this? Only you can make that choice, but I certainly hope that you choose to support the arts....and the artists, rather than the publishers.
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