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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, July 1 2019 3:50 PM UTC +00:00.

About


I began this project over a year ago with the hope of creating something beautiful and something that would make me proud. Each new illustration has been a discovery of what I'm capable of and love to do. It's been an enriching experience, and I'm thrilled to be here in my kitchen typing this introduction just days before it finally goes public.

I chose the story of the "The Little Mermaid" because it was the perfect match for my fondness of dark fantasy, romance, and drawing flowing organic shapes. Mermaids are truly wonderfully fun to draw, and I can't get enough drawing of glorious long hair. It's a simple thing, but I love it. 

How does it differ from the original 1830s version by H.C. Anderson?

I've mostly just updated the grammar so it reads more easily, plus I have added a few of my own ideas. For example, our mermaids have glowing bioluminescent hair to help them navigate in the dark depths of the sea.  They have eyes, gills, and skin like a ghost shark. Our little mermaid has a treasured skull collection of all types of creatures that have floated down from the world above.  Bird skulls mostly, but there are a few human bones from the poor sailors lost at sea. She has three loving siblings, two sisters and a brother, who watch her grow with pride, and marvel at her talent in singing and dancing.  

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 I bring you an adaption of Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid

The little mermaid has always yearned for the strange and exciting life of the humans. After saving a human man during a sea storm, she desired his love and to have a life with him. And if they were married, his soul would be shared with her. For mermaid have no souls, and merely return to the ocean as sea foam when they die. 

Naive and desperate, the little mermaid turned to the banished sea witch among the world pools. The exchange to be human was high. To walk on two legs, she had to offer-up her tongue, and with new feet every step would feel as if she were walking on daggers. Unless the man chooses her as his wife, the spell would break and she would die. 

Scared, but determined, the little mermaid accepts the sea witch's terms and begins her journey to find love and a soul.  

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 A 60-page signed 6x9 hardcover book with a gold foil stamped cloth cover and spine. The book features 12 black and white chalk pastel illustrations, and several graphite spot illustrations, all printed on a lovely 200msg paper that displays rich contrast and beautiful detail. It will be printed with the amazing people over at Art Order. They are known for their gorgeous art books, and I'm thrilled to have this collaboration. Digital mockup below.

 A 40-page signed and numbered 8x11 hardcover lay-flat coffee table book with a handmade paper foil press cover. The title is stamped on the spine in silver, and introduced in the first interior page. The book features 12 black and white chalk pastel illustrations, and several graphite spot illustrations. The 100lb bright white matte paper has a UV finish that protects against light, water, moisture, airborne contaminants and fingerprints. It is archival, made from eco-friendly materials, and will support a local business 10 minutes from my home. I’ll be there for the entire process, which is fantastic. I’m going all-out, and making this exactly how I want it. The lay-flat design has no gutter, and will display the artwork in the finest way. Digital mockup below.

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 Receive three 5x7 prints. One of each: "Rescue", "Ambition" and "Intrigue"

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Receive three 5x7 prints. One of each: "Rescue", "Ambition" and "Intrigue" and the enamel pin "Sacrifice". See the story behind the pin in the Stretch Goal section. 

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 Receive a signed 60-page hardcover trade edition book. PLUS any stretch goals added.

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Receive a signed 60-page hardcover trade edition book and an original 5x7 sketch on 90lb Strathmore paper. Each original drawing will be mermaid themed. Limit of 50 orders. PLUS any stretch goals added. 

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 Receive a signed limited edition 40-page signed and numbered 8x11 hardcover lay-flat coffee table book, an enamel pin, and three 5x7 prints. This is a limited edition run. The final number of copies will be determined at the end of the Kickstarter campaign. PLUS any stretch goals added.

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 Receive a signed limited edition 40-page signed and numbered 8x11 hardcover lay-flat coffee table book, an enamel pin, three 5x7 prints, and an original 5x7 sketch on 90lb Strathmore paper. Each original drawing will be mermaid themed.  Limit of 50 orders. PLUS any stretch goals added.

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Receive a signed limited edition 40-page signed and numbered 8x11 hardcover lay-flat coffee table book, an enamel pin, three 5x7 prints, and an original 5x7 sketch on 90lb Strathmore paper.  Also, 1 miniature bronze sculpture of your choosing that comes with a mahogany music box that plays "Waltz of the Snowflake." See a video below. Choose your own interior cloth of black leather or silver. PLUS any stretch goals added.

 I've collaborated with the wonderful painter and sculptor, Colin Poole, who has created 5 bronze bird skulls to be a part of the Premium Collector's Set. This a top tier reward limited to only 5 patrons. These 5 different bronze sculptures will be displayed in a handmade mahogany music boxes crafted by the master carpenter, John Mcbride. Each box features black walnut or white maple inlays, making each pairing of sculpture and music box unique. 

The sculptures mimic the necklace the little mermaid wears from her treasured skull collection. They portrays her time as a mermaid, and the music box represents her new human life; she had never heard music before.

 Each bronze sculpture measures 2 1/8" x 3/4". Each box measures 5 1/2" x 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" 

 Watch a video of the box and the music

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 " Known for his classically inspired contemporary realism, Colin’s bronze sculptures and oil paintings have been exhibited extensively in museums and galleries across the country, and are featured in over 350 collections. His work has been recognized with awards in international exhibits, and various notable publications, including The Wall Street Journal.  He has been commissioned to create works for Daimler-Benz, Lexus, Lourdes Cathedral – France, National Audubon Society, The Nature Conservancy, National Geographic Society, PBS, The U.S. Mint, as well as numerous Fortune 500 companies. His sculptures are often based in mythology, spanning small to life-sized, as well as monumental bronze public artworks. He has lectured nationally, including at the Smithsonian. Colin and his wife, the sculptor Kristine Poole, live and create in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains overlooking Santa Fe, surrounded by their menagerie of birds and beasts. www.colinpoole.com "

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The ever-amazing and talented Cory Godbey will be writing the book's forward. I've loved his work for years and respect him as a person and an illustrator. He has followed my career since 2015, and I know I couldn't have anyone better to introduce a project that's so dear to me.

"Cory Godbey creates fanciful illustrations for picture books, covers, comics, animated shorts, and films.From commercials to documentary films, He has worked with a wide-ranging series of subjects and styles to create thoughtful, engaging, and award-winning art and animation for over a decade." www.CoryGodbey.com "

 ©Cory Godbey images

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 All originals are 8.5x11 graphite drawings on Strathmore 90lb cotton paper with a vellum finish. All drawings will be signed and sealed with fixative.

Looking for the larger chalk pastel originals? They’re being sold separately from the Kickstarter campaign in my Online Store. Purchase them directly from the store.  

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Gilded Pages: If we reach our stretch goal, each book will have gilded pages. Gold pages for the trade edition. Sleek black for the collector's edition. I'm eager for this one. I've never seen black gilded pages before. It'll look fabulous with the handmade black paper cover. 

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 Ribbon Bookmark:   All trade editions will have a ribbon bookmark. I'm not adding this option for the collector's edition due to its paper weight. A bookmark may leave an impressions on the pages. We don't want that!  

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 Back Cover Foil Press:  Each book will have the story emblem "Sacrifice" pressed into the back cover. Gold for the trade and silver for the collector's edition. Completing the book nicely. 

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 All book will be shipped out late November to early December using Fedex and USPS. International orders will be taken care of ASAP since they need 1-2 weeks to arrive. At the end of the Kickstarter campaign, all backers will be sent a survey to finalize their orders, add on items, and confirm their shipping addresses. I'm working with the great people at Pledge Manager to organize all my fulfillment information connect@pledgemanager.com.

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 Final Notes:

 To ensure you get your reward as fast as possible:

• Use an email address that is valid and active. You will receive all notifications at the provided email address. 

• Make sure your mailing address is spelled and formatted correctly. If a package is returned due to an invalid address, you must pay for another shipping label. Also, I am unable to ship to PO Boxes. There are often restrictions on packages for PO Boxes. PMBs are fine. If this is an issue, ask a friend or relative if you can have your reward shipped to them. 

• Make sure your credit card info for Kickstarter is up to date. 

• International customers are responsible for customs fees and VAT.

All rewards are scheduled to ship out early December in time for the holidays. 

Risks and challenges

I've researched and taken advice from other illustrators who have run successful campaigns. With their guidance and campaign models, I feel confident that I've covered any possibilities. I've added a few weeks for production in case of any printing issues to make sure all rewards are sent out early Dec.

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    Made with archival, museum quality, and eco-friendly materials. Created with sustainable resources. Made within the US. Limited edition. Will be signed and numbered.

    An exclusive collaboration with sculptor and painter Colin Poole. This pledge includes a miniature bronze sculpture of a bird skull that is displayed in a custom mahogany music box that was handcrafted by a master carpenter. Each pairing is unique. You can choose your interior fabric color. Options include black leather or silver. See the main page for more details.

    Includes three 5"x7" prints, a 5x7 original drawing on Strathmore 90lb paper, and an enamel pin.

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    Made with archival, museum quality, and eco-friendly materials. Created with sustainable resources. Made within the US. Limited edition. Will be signed and numbered.

    An exclusive collaboration with sculptor and painter Colin Poole. This pledge includes a miniature bronze sculpture of a bird skull that is displayed in a custom mahogany music box that was handcrafted by a master carpenter. Each pairing is unique. You can choose your interior fabric color. Options include black leather or silver. See the main page for more details.

    Includes three 5"x7" prints, a 5x7 original drawing on Strathmore 90lb paper, and an enamel pin.

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    An exclusive collaboration with sculptor and painter Colin Poole. This pledge includes a miniature bronze sculpture of a bird skull that is displayed in a custom mahogany music box that was handcrafted by a master carpenter. Each pairing is unique. You can choose your interior fabric color. Options include black leather or silver. See the main page for more details.

    Includes three 5"x7" prints, a 5x7 original drawing on Strathmore 90lb paper, and an enamel pin.

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    A gorgeous 8x11 hardcover lay-flat coffee table book. Bound with handmade paper. Silver-stamped cover and spine.

    Made with archival, museum quality, and eco-friendly materials. Created with sustainable resources. Made within the US. Limited edition. Will be signed and numbered.

    An exclusive collaboration with sculptor and painter Colin Poole. This pledge includes a miniature bronze sculpture of a bird skull that is displayed in a custom mahogany music box that was handcrafted by a master carpenter. Each pairing is unique. You can choose your interior fabric color. Options include black leather or silver. See the main page for more details.

    Includes three 5"x7" prints, a 5x7 original drawing on Strathmore 90lb paper, and an enamel pin.

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    • Limited edition
    • Signed and numbered by me
    • 3 prints
    • Original 5x7 drawing
    • Custom music box
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    • 1 enamel "Sacrifice" pin
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