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Hands, skulls, pin-ups & various poses. Over 200 new inspirational references to help you find that next cool pose & improve your art.
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It's official. Poses For Artists Book Series, Volume 5 is happening! If you missed the Kickstarter, don't worry, you can purchase it today on our website PoseMuse.com

UPDATE! Stretch reward goal met. Poses for Artists Book Series Volume Five will now have 200 pose references instead of 120!

"Drawing believable - as well as interesting - human figures is very important to the work I create. Justin's "PoseMuse" material has proven to be an invaluable resource for both inspiration and literal reference. Highly recommended!" ~Brad Thingvold - Comic Artist

My name is Justin Martin. I'm an author and an artist who wants to create the next book in my Poses for Artists series, 'Volume Five - Hands, Skulls, Pin-ups & Various Poses'. The book will include my latest pose resources, available on my pose-blog, PoseReference, that now has over 50,000 followers. Volume five primarily includes poses that have never been made available, along with a compilation of poses that I've put online for free over the past three years.

This Kickstarter is essentially an advance pre-sale for 'Poses For Artists Volume 5  . It will help cover the costs of publication, while giving perks and major book discounts that are only available in these Kickstarter rewards. This is my way of offering more to the artist community, and everyone who has supported this passion project over the past few years. 

The cover, poses and publisher files for Volume Five are almost done, but I need your Kickstarter support to finalize everything and make the project happen. Your support helps  cover the cost of supplies, equipment, book design, publicity, pre-production, acquiring ISBNs, publisher/account fees, shipping, travel, website fees, fulfillment and book printing.

Volume 5 Hand & Skulls Examples
Volume 5 Hand & Skulls Examples

My poses simplify the human form in a way that can sometimes remove the inevitable anxiety that comes with drawing a person, and speed-up your art, over time, increasing your own understanding of human anatomy, proportions and movement.

My intention is to share my simplified poses online and in print, so they might inspire everyone to pick up a pencil or stylus and create new art. I understand that sometimes, you just need a creative nudge to help get the pencil moving and break that pesky block. In my heart, I believe that helping to empower artists makes the world a better place. 

Volume 5 Example Poses - Based on photo references from SenshiStock
Volume 5 Example Poses - Based on photo references from SenshiStock

To give you an idea of what I've published in the past, see my previous books on my website PoseMuse.com (all available on Amazon and Gumroad).

  • Volume 1 - Dynamic and Sitting Poses | Buy > |  
  • Volume 2 - Standing Poses | Buy > |  
  • Volume 3 - Fighting & Various Poses | Buy > |  
  • Volume 4 - Couples Poses | Buy > |  

Your support is your invitation to the community, and be an important part of making this next volume happen. All backer names will be on the books thank you page!

Check out the backer rewards to the right and get in on Kickstarter only perks >>>

Poses For Artists Books Series - Volumes 1-4
Poses For Artists Books Series - Volumes 1-4
Volume 5 Example Poses.
Volume 5 Example Poses.

Backer Rewards

Choose a reward for backing the project to publish Volume 5. Most of these are not offered anywhere other than via this Kickstarter campaign, and include major discounts. All backers will get their name in the book on the thank you page!

  • Volume 5 Paperback & Ebook PDF Editions 
  • All Five Paperback Editions
  • All Five Ebook PDF Editions
  • One Custom Pose
  • Custom 30 Page Pose Reference
  • Live Video Tutorial Session
  • 1 Year Online Sponsorship
  • Private Facebook Group Access
  • Your Name In The Book
Volume 5 Example Poses - Based on photo references from PoseSpace.
Volume 5 Example Poses - Based on photo references from PoseSpace.

Stretch Rewards:

Given the current funding amount, I've decided to publish Volume Five with 200 poses!

My goal for Volume 5 is to have 120 poses in the book, and the stretch rewards are all focused on adding poses as we meet funding milestones:

  • $10,000 - 130 poses
  • $15,000 - 140 poses
  • $20,000 - 150 poses & Signed Paperbacks Made Available
  • $25,000 - 160 poses
  • $30,000 - TRIPLE GOAL! 200 poses
  • $35,000 - 210 poses
  • $40,000 - 220 poses
  • $45,000 - 230 Poses
  • $50,000 - If this happens I will take requests, hire a model(s), do a photoshoot, and add 20 poses, based on YOUR requests!

That's about max capacity for the format, but if we hit it, we will brainstorm for more stretch goals.

Testimonials

"Posemuse has inspired us for many of our first posts and should be your go-to resource if you're looking for posing inspiration for your drawings. Justin's insights have also been invaluable in the development of our posing tool, Manikin. There are features we would have never thought of without his expertise!" ~ Manikin team  - Manikin posing tool app.

"Drawing believable - as well as interesting - human figures is very important to the work I create. Justin's "PoseMuse" material has proven to be an invaluable resource for both inspiration and literal reference. Highly recommended!" ~Brad Thingvold - Comic Artist

“Justin has created a series of wonderful instruction books for artists of all levels” ~Ken Carpenter - Cartoonist & Musician

"I have remarkably improved my ability to draw figures because of Poses for Artists! Not only does it include a variety of poses, but it has offered a realistic rendition of people we see everyday. I absolutely love this book and continue to use it to grow and develop as an artist." ~Elora Brynn - Student & Artist 

Draft Poses for Artists Volume Five Book Cover! We are hoping to publish in July 2019
Draft Poses for Artists Volume Five Book Cover! We are hoping to publish in July 2019

Social Spaces

Connect with Posemuse online to see more of my pose examples and if you want, help us out by following and sharing the campaign.

Friends of PoseMuse/Businesses We Admire

Photo reference. A truly incredible range of models.
Photo reference. A truly incredible range of models.
Dynamic and creative photo poses, free-to-use.
Dynamic and creative photo poses, free-to-use.
The most dynamic pose mannequin  in the world.
The most dynamic pose mannequin in the world.

The Manikin app is a posing solution that uses an interactive human anatomy reference to tackle drawing problems like foreshortening, proportion and depth. 

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Thank you all! I can't wait to get volume five out into the world! ~ Justin 

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And now... more poses that will be in Volume 5

Risks and challenges

The files are almost ready to go. The only risks I can think of are:

- Designer: Their ability to keep to the projects deadlines, and complete necessary tasks (volume five will have the same designer I've used for four books so I'm confident there won't be any issues).

- Amazon KDP Publisher. Their quality, timing for printing, review, returns and fulfillment (this book will have the same publisher as my other four so I don't anticipate any issues).

- US Postal Service: Successful delivery of paperback versions on time in the US & Internationally.

- Digital Versions: Ability for backers to download and open a pdf via an email link.

- Custom work: Ability for backers to send me source material in a timely fashion.

- Live Video Tutorial Session: Ability for backers to attend the scheduled group session, and access the internet with a connection that can handle video chat via Zoom, Skype, Facebook, etc.

- Stretch Goals: The more poses we include in the book, the longer it may take to layout the design.

- Signatures: Ability to get signatures for the rewards in a timely manner.

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    Help Make Book Five Happen!

    You don't need the books, but you want to support the project, help make book five happen, have access to the private Facebook group, and get your name on the thank you page.

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    Volume 5: Ebook PDF Edition

    Get in on the pre-sale!
    You'll receive the Poses for Artists Volume 5 digital pdf ebook for your tablet, desktop, Kindle, etc. I'll send you the download link before it's available to the public, via Kickstarter message on the day it's finished.

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    Volume 5: Paperback & Ebook PDF Edition

    This is it! Purchase your pre-sale paperback & pdf editions, sent directly to you.

    * Includes previous rewards ^^^. Kickstarter only pre-sale price, retail price is $40. This bundle is not available anywhere else.

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    All Five Ebook PDF Editions

    You'll get the five ebook PDF edition set for your tablet, desktop, Kindle, etc. I'll send you the download link before it's available to the public, via Kickstarter message on the day it's finished. This reward does NOT include the PAPERBACK, but the $60 pledge does it. This is a good one for international fans (the Kickstarter pre-sale paperback is US only)!

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    Ebook Set: All 5 PDF Volumes + Paperback

    This one get's you all five digital ebook pdf volumes (over 600 poses) and the volume 5 paperback.
    Volume 1 - Dynamic and Sitting Poses
    Volume 2 - Standing Poses
    Volume 3 - Fighting & Various Poses
    Volume 4 - Couples Poses
    Volume 5 - Hands, Skulls, Pin-ups & Various Poses

    * Includes previous rewards ^^^. Kickstarter only pre-sale price, retail is $78. This bundle is not available anywhere else.

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    Custom Pose Commission + Pbk & All PDFs

    Get a custom pose, drawn just for you, based on your art direction!

    * Includes previous rewards ^^^. Retail is $130. This bundle is not available anywhere else.

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    All Five Volumes: Paperback & Ebook Sets

    This deal get's you ALL five digital ebook pdf volumes (over 600 poses) and ALL five paperbacks.
    Volume 1 - Dynamic and Sitting Poses
    Volume 2 - Standing Poses
    Volume 3 - Fighting & Various Poses
    Volume 4 - Couples Poses
    Volume 5 - Hands, Skulls, Pin-ups & Various Poses

    * Includes previous rewards ^^^. Kickstarter only pre-sale price, retail price is $190. This bundle is not available anywhere else.

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    Live Video Tutorial Session

    Your chance to get an hour long live tutorial group session with the author.

    Rewards will be shipped as they are ready and the tutorial session will be scheduled via email and private facebook group.

    * Includes previous rewards ^^^. Kickstarter only pre-sale price, retail price is $340. This is not available anywhere else.

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    Your Own Pose Reference Resource

    A custom pdf magazine containing pose references you suggest/provide.

    Creative, fun, interesting poses, in the spirit of the PoseMuse-sytle and content.

    * Includes previous rewards ^^^. Kickstarter only pre-sale price, retail price is $1100 (30hrs work plus above rewards) This is not available anywhere else.

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    Pose Muse Gold Sponsor

    Become a Pose Muse online sponsor for one year. Includes monthly posts on Pose Muse social media and placement on multiple sponsor webpages with a link to your website.
    - Tumblr: 53,000+ followers
    - Instagram: 7,000+ followers
    - Facebook: 4,000+ followers
    - Twitter: 4,400+ followers
    - DeviantArt 600+ watchers (49,557 Pageviews, avg. 1,800/mo)
    - Pinterest 800+ Followers (43.7k monthly viewers)
    - Gumroad 1,600+ Customers
    - Additional followers on Youtube, Goodreads and Amazon.
    - PoseMuse.com: 100,000+ visitors annually.

    Total: 70,000+ Followers

    On average, social media influencers can charge $100 per 10,000 followers , for EVERY POST [1].

    This is not available anywhere else.

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