This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, May 24 2019 5:58 PM UTC +00:00.
My name is Jody Parmann (JP) and I'm a bad guy. I don't mean to be, but as a mom and a business owner - it seems inevitable.
It all started with a bad day at work. A confrontation with an employee had me questioning my “bad guy” image. In this particular instance, an employee (who was known for being a bully) was rude, and I had only stood up for myself.
How does that qualify as villainy? Was I really bad? By contrast, my husband is the poster child for “nice guy” and is also a boss where we work - he never has these problems.
My favorite people in the world are my family. They are a common theme in my art, and I like to try out different styles that I think compliment their personalities. It was in the spirit of this exploration that created the perfect storm that spawned the idea of the Bitty Baddies.
I’d watched Tim Burton’s movie Big Eyes, a biopic on Margaret Keane’s life as an artist, that made me fall in love with her beautiful style. My son Judah has big beautiful “Disney” eyes that he inherited from his father. Those eyes inspired me to paint a portrait of him using Keane’s style. With the birth of a new baby, it took me about two years to finish. It was nearing completion when the aforementioned bad day at work happened.
Villains weren’t always bad. How did they become bad? What happened in their life that twisted them? Are they really bad, or is some villainy a matter of perspective?
I think that good art makes people think. It makes people question truths of reality and personality.
Margaret Keane’s big-eyed waifs convey a sense of innocence and vulnerability that, when paired with real and imagined villainous personas, makes for a striking contrast.
The creative process includes research of the character’s back story. The TV shows, movies, documentaries and/or books that tell the story are the background noise I hear as I recreate them as a Bitty Baddy. It’s fun to revisit old horror movies that I haven’t watched since I was a kid.
In short, the Bitty Baddies are my personal art therapy and passion project. Selling prints, postcards and pins featuring them is an enjoyable way to support my art habit.
With over 50 Bitty Baddies completed to date a coffee table book seems like the next logical step. At comic con where I hawk my Bitty Baddy creations - patrons often try to buy my display book.
I've been developing an 8.5x8.5" hardcover book with 80lb Gloss 50+ full color pages featuring all Bitty Baddies created to date through Book Baby.
With funding from this Kickstarter campaign I'll be able to achieve the following goals:
- Print books and deliver them to Bitty Baddies fans already asking for them
- Print additional books to have for sale at Raven Cafe (in Port Huron, MI) and at public appearances such as comic cons
- Purchase an ISBN# which, in part, allows me to have Bitty Baddies Coffee Table Book available to order online through Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Risks and challenges
Since I have a background in graphic design and pre-press I've already designed the book and it's in the 3rd round of being edited by those with better grammar skills than I. The challenge of coming up with the large sum needed to get them printed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter