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A collection of portraits from around the world, digitally painted into a science fiction universe, crafted into a handmade book.
A collection of portraits from around the world, digitally painted into a science fiction universe, crafted into a handmade book.
47 backers pledged $2,953 to help bring this project to life.

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When my professor asked our class 'What do you love?', my immediate response was "I love science fiction."

And I love portraiture. After discovering the work of George Catlin, I realized I needed to make a series of portraits. And they needed to have a science fiction theme.

After completing my last kickstarter project a year ago, I knew the best way to do this was to return here. Kickstarter is an international, culturally diverse community where I hope to find a variety of faces and muses.

This is where you become involved. What I love about Catlin is how he started out asking to paint people and how, over time, they came to him, eventually helping him to build a gallery of over 500 works of art. His interaction with hundreds of people made his reputation. 

As a backer of $35+, I will digitally paint you into a newly minted world of science fiction, much like this: 

Aoife, my friend and model on the right
Aoife, my friend and model on the right

You will be sent a short questionnaire regarding your preferences for your character. This is your chance to dream a little. Butcher, baker, or candlestick maker in real life? You could become an interplanetary smuggler with a heart of gold or you could choose to fight zombies from your home planet Xenon. I will require a photograph of your lovely self (or a friend/loved one, if you want this for someone else) taken in good light. This will be the basis for your portrait; please keep this in mind.

One of my backers, as a high priestess in a cyberpunk Gothic cathedral
One of my backers, as a high priestess in a cyberpunk Gothic cathedral

I want to compile these portraits to create a small gallery of my own. Having looked into printing costs and options, I have decided to have photographer and designer Alexandra Piros, produce the books. I will design them digitally in inDesign, and send the files to her to be crafted into beautiful books. 

I will sign all books and give them each a number from the print run. So, if there are 50 books made, you will perhaps receive 27/50.

A digital copy of the book will also be available. Ideally, I will also make the book available on Blurb after the handmade books are completed. 

I am originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I studied briefly in New York at the Fashion Institute of Technology, but after moving to London in 2011, I knew I'd found a home away from home. After completing my foundation degree in graphic design and receiving a distinction, I decided to continue my education at the London College of Communication, pursuing a BA (Hons) in Illustration and Visual Media.

I design for musicians and artists in both California and London, as well as freelancing with individuals in the film industry. I work with London-based fashion line Brat & Suzie, where my designs are sold on their website, ASOS, and ModCloth. 

To see more examples of my work, please visit www.bonniekatewolf.com

The rewards are simple, but I like to offer options.

$7, I will mail you a handwritten thank-you post card featuring an image from the series

$15, I will send you a digital copy of the limited edition book.

$35, I will digitally paint you and send you a digital copy of the book.

$40, I will send you a copy of the hand-bound limited edition book. Please add $12 for shipping outside the UK.

$45, I will digitally paint you and send you a digital copy of the book. I will also send you a print of your portrait on lovely paper.

NEW $70, I will digitally paint you and a friend and send you a digital copy of the book.

NEW $80, I will digitally paint you and a friend and send you a digital copy of the book. I will also send you a print of each of your portraits on lovely paper.

$85,  I will digitally paint you, send you a print, and a copy of the hand-bound book. Please add $12 for shipping outside the UK.

$250, I will feature your portrait on the cover of the book, as well as providing you with a copy of the hand-bound book, a print, and a sketch.

$500, I will travel anywhere in the UK to paint you in person, as well as giving you a digital portrait, a print, the hand-bound book, and some sketches.

Risks and challenges

With all projects come risks and challenges. I see two possible complications.

1. There is an overwhelmingly positive response! This would be fantastic, of course. However, if I receive enough requests, the book will obviously take longer, and it may take longer to print and send out. I've spoken to my printer, and she says the more copies of the book, the better, but the bigger the book, the more expensive it is to print.

Should I be commissioned to make more than 100 portraits, I will create two volumes and send the appropriate copy to you.

2. We have enough money, but not enough portraits. If people want only the book, but not to be featured, I will face the issue of not having enough material. Should I have under 30 portraits, my plan is to talk to my own friends and family and convince them to participate.

In either case, I have a solution and I am going to make this project fantastic.

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    THANK YOU! //
    A handwritten thank-you post card featuring an image from the series, expressing my gratitude for helping make this book a reality (well, a fictional reality)

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    DIGITAL BOOK //
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    PORTRAIT + DIGITAL BOOK //
    Be part of the book! I will digitally paint your portrait and include it in the final publication. You will also receive a digital copy of the book.

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    HAND-BOUND BOOK //
    You will receive a copy of the hand-bound book in the mail!
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    PORTRAIT + DIGITAL BOOK + PRINT //
    Be part of the book! I will digitally paint your portrait and include it in the final publication. You will also receive a digital copy of the book and a print of your portrait on luxe paper.

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    2 PORTRAITS + DIGITAL BOOK // Be part of the book! I will digitally paint 2 portraits and include them in the final publication. You will also receive a digital copy of the book.

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    2 PORTRAITS + DIGITAL BOOK + 2 PRINTS // Be part of the book! I will digitally paint 2 portraits and include them in the final publication. You will also receive a digital copy of the book, as well as a print of each of your portraits on luxe paper.

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    PORTRAIT + HAND-BOUND BOOK + PRINT //
    Be part of the book! I will digitally paint your portrait and include it in the final publication. You will also receive a copy of the hand-bound book and a print of your portrait on luxe paper.
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    COVER GIRL/BOY //
    Your digital portrait will be featured on the cover of the book. You will also receive a copy of the hand-bound book and a print of your portrait on luxe paper, as well as a hand-drawn sketch.

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    PAINTING SESSION //
    I will travel anywhere in the UK to paint you in real life. You will get to keep any sketches and drawings made during my visit.
    I will also digitally paint your portrait and include it in the final publication. You will receive a copy of the hand-bound book and a print of your digital portrait on luxe paper.

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