French psychologist Cyril Rolando AKA Aquasixio's surreal fantasy art has spread across the internet like wildfire in recent years, with millions of views around the world.
46 of his most popular paintings have been paired with 46 lines of empowering poetry by American children's book writer Hill Schroder to bring Cyril's art into book form for the first time ever.
This giant 12" by 12" 96 page hardcover is truly a beauty to behold.
Cyril began painting as a hobby in 2004 as an outlet for his creativity and to process the emotions he encountered in his career as a psychologist. After nine years of massive support from fans across the internet, he made the decision to paint professionally. Meanwhile, across the pond, Hill had begun the notion of sharing his poems to the public, writing a twenty four line poem in 2012 that would one day evolve into Be Your Beauty.
In May 2017, Hill found Cyril's artwork in a viral article online and fell in love at first sight. Realizing his art was a perfect pairing for Be Your Beauty, he reached out to Cyril about collaborating on a book combining their art and words. When Cyril read the poem, his response was, "Wow! Did you write this for my art, or did I paint this for your words? Let's do this!"
Cyril has wanted to produce a book of his art for years, but lacked confidence in English and hardly has time between his psychology career and family time with his wife and two year old. Hill has wanted to turn the poem into a picture book for years, but couldn't ever find an artist that could depict its raw emotion and depth of feeling. They both sought to empower people to be their healthiest and happiest, to inspire hope, forgiveness, and emotional intelligence, and to encourage growth and healing for all. There couldn't have been a more perfect pairing. From oceans apart, they shared the same dream and joined forces to make it a reality.
As Hill perused Cyril's gallery and Cyril reflected on Hill's words, the paintings and poetry seemed to sort themselves together as if by magic. More lines were written and more art was chosen, until the collaboration was complete.
THREE TREES PLANTED FOR EVERY COPY SOLD!!!
There is really something special about Be Your Beauty. Besides the sheer size and weight of it, the quality of the printing and construction takes the reader aback. Whether you read it cover to cover or just open it to a random page, each spread immerses you in a feeling of introspection and resonance. Cyril’s art can be sometimes ambiguous, evoking a variance of emotion from viewer to viewer. Hill’s words are like a compass, pointing just enough in one direction toward many paths of feeling to journey down. The pairings, created years apart on different continents, feel as meant for each other as they feel meant for each reader.
May it bring you beauty, within and around you.
Hardcover Book~ This book is just as tall and wide as the Collector's edition from the video, but thinner and with pages that curl instead of hard card stock. Equally gorgeous ink quality graces the “100 pound” pages (the same page weight as the author’s first book, only larger dimensions.) Each beautiful hardcover copy comes with a wrap around dust jacket. It is astonishing to offer these breathtaking 12” by 12” books at a retail price of $80, and even more astonishing that we are offering them to you for half of that cost. You can now own 46 of Cyril’s paintings for less than the price of a single print.
Deluxe Layflat Flushmount Collector's Edition Hardcover~ This is the gorgeous book featured in the campaign video. An elegant, high end photobook with hard, layflat pages and a unique binding that makes every page spread flush. Originally designed for wedding photo albums, this 96 page 12" by 12" hardcover book weighs a whopping 8.8 pounds (4 kilograms)! For the true collector who want's the feeling of a museum or art gallery on their coffee table or child's bookshelf.
Curioos Giclée Art Prints~ These gorgeous, museum quality giclées are printed on 100% cotton, acid-free, heavyweight paper using HDR UltraChrome Archival Ink. These are the best of the best, featuring any of the 46 paintings in the book in three different sizes: Large (28” by 20”), Extra Large (40” by 28”), and Giant (56” by 40”). And for the first time ever, you can own a hand signed version of one of Cyril’s artworks- each of the Giant posters will be shipped to Cyril’s home and autographed before heading your way.
*Because some of Cyril's older art was made in smaller sizes, certain prints are only available up to certain sizes. Please consult this chart https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1v5GQNHoSFwqnjc2k_wB4mi0EwAyH207bv37ruXNoBFs/edit#gid=0 to see which pieces are available in each size.*
Tapestries~ These giant 7.5’ by 5’ tapestries featuring your choice of any of the 46 illustrations from the book. They are high quality 100% polyester, water and UV resistant and feature loops on each corner to make hanging a breeze. These are just gorgeous in person!
*Because some of Cyril's older work was done in smaller sizes, some tapestries will have less crisp detail than others. The "smaller" pieces still look amazing from a distance, just a little fuzzier up close. Please consult this chart for sizing, Giant is largest, then X-Large, then Large. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1v5GQNHoSFwqnjc2k_wB4mi0EwAyH207bv37ruXNoBFs/edit#gid=0
Skype Call~ In this Kickstarter exclusive, you will get the unique opportunity to video chat with the artist or the author for 30 minutes via Skype.
Power Patron Package~ For the true connoisseurs of all things Beauty, we are offering a best of the best medley of each reward, paired with a 60 minute video call with the artist or author from anywhere in the world.
Cyril Rolando has been painting surreal dreamscapes since 2004. Through his career as a psychologist, he is offered a unique perspective into the realm of emotion. Through his imagination and talent, he offers a glimpse into the beauty of feeling.
Hill Schroder has been writings children's books since 2014. Through his journey of healing and wholeness, he offers tools and tales to uplift the spirit, to inspire hope and resilience, to encourage growth and change, and to foster self-love, compassion, and resilience.
We cannot do this without you!
We are so driven to bring this empowering, inspiring book into reality, but we need assistance! The money raised by this project will go toward printing the books and rewards, domestic and international shipping, and campaign production. To make this happen, we need your support!
PLEASE BACK THE PROJECT TODAY AND SHARE IT FAR AND WIDE! THANK YOU!
With love, Cyril and Hill
Risks and challenges
The book is already finished. The manufacturers for each reward have been working with us for a long time, and are eagerly anticipating this project. The only risks and challenges we foresee would be if there were a production set back or a quality control problem that delayed the printing time. We were very generous with the projected fulfillment timeline, so even with delays or reprints, everything should easily arrive on time. Without challenges, all rewards should arrive well before the prospective arrival dates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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