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THE WORK

My name is Caleb King, and I am an illustrator living in the Chicago area. You may not be familiar with me or my work, so to give you an idea of my visual style and approach to image making, I have included some examples of my work below.

The images above are but a few of the watercolor paintings that appear in my book, ICONIC. Each painting is 5.5" x 17" in length. The narrow image size accentuates each painting's unique aesthetic.

THE BOOK

ICONIC: The Art of Caleb King is a collection of 50 curated paintings from the past three and a half years of my work. Here's the best part: the book is already completely assembled, proofed, and ready for print. That means as little downtime between the end of the campaign and when you're holding that book as humanly possible. In addition to the book being print-ready, it will have these key features:

  • 14pt matte finish cover, with a spot gloss finish over the image and the type.
  • 105lb matte finish internal pages.
  • 50 full size individual images, each measuring 5.5" x 17."
  • A perforated top edge so that images may be easily removed from the book and framed, or kept together with the rest of the collection. The choice is yours!
  • A dedicated area inside the book for an original sketch to be drawn (sketch optional).

My funding goal is $5,500. That figure covers the cost of printing the books and the shipping charges to get them to my door. There's no additional padding added to that number. I want these books in my hands, so I can get them into yours. Any funds raised on top of that funding goal is merely icing on the cake. 

STRETCH GOALS

I have outlined two initial stretch goals for this project, but will definitely add more should the project far exceed my expectations:

  • $6,500: Unlock a new watercolor painting exclusively for this campaign. All backers who pledge $35 or more will receive the signed print.
  •  $12,000: UPGRADED PAGES: The internal pages of the book will receive an upgrade! We'll take the already lovely 105lb matte finish paper and upgrade that to a beautiful watercolor paper.

SKETCH TIERS

For those of you who love original art (and come on, who doesn't?) I have created a few tiers that include three levels of original art in addition to the book. Each of these tiers come with a signed copy of the physical book, as well as a sketch, a custom 4" x 10" watercolor drip-style painting, or a 6" x 12" watercolor drip-style painting. 

ORIGINAL ART TIERS

Want one of the original paintings featured in the book? Each of these tiers is a one-of-a-kind item, and once they're spoken for, they're gone! Each tier comes with the original watercolor painting in their respective tier, as well as a signed copy of the book, and the kickstarter exclusive print. 

MY STORY

I have always been drawn to icons.  If they're done correctly, they communicate immediate information that would take words much longer to do.

As a developing artist, I fell in love with watercolors. Watercolors are chaotic and transparent. I love their vibrancy and their fluid nature. I knew that whatever I chose to create, watercolor would always play center stage.

In 2012, I started to travel the comic-con circuit. I was surrounded by so many talented and dedicated artists, that after a while I began to feel that my work wasn't good enough. I became desperate to climb out of the artistic ruts I now found myself in. My work, which had always been a joy to me, was becoming toxic. In 2015, things came to a boiling point. I was so unhappy, I contemplated giving up on this whole "art thing." That was when I took action.

I grabbed a garbage can and threw all of my existing work into it.

My originals.

My prints. 

All of it.

It was hard. One of the hardest things I've ever done. But I knew I had to do it. Keeping my old art around would be a constant reminder of my own unhappiness, so I gave it the hard goodbye. 

Now what?

Moving forward, I gave myself two simple rules:

1. I would only create things I knew about. Things I was passionate about. Things I could talk endlessly about. 

2. I would only create art that I myself would be proud to hang on my own walls.

The results of those rules make up the contents of my first book, ICONIC. It is a collection of my passion for iconography and watercolor painting. I hope you can feel that passion through each of my images.

Risks and challenges

As with any Kickstarter campaign, there is always the risk of it not reaching the goal. Should that happen, no harm, no foul. It only delays my publication date.

Should the campaign be a success, the book will go into immediate publication being that it is ready for print. The risks there are ones like printer delays, shipping delays, customs delays, and inevitably fulfillment delays. Should all go as planned and without a hitch, then all books will be shipped shortly after they are in my hands.

Any rewards featuring sketches, commissions, or other custom work will ship at a later date. How late? that depends upon how many paintings and sketches I have to create. Supporters of those tiers will be notified when their rewards ship out.

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    ICONIC - Kickstarter Exclusive Print

    Supporters of this tier get the kickstarter exclusive ICONIC print, signed by Caleb.

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    ICONIC - Digital Edition

    Supporters at this level will receive the full ICONIC book as a digital PDF. This is an exact duplicate of the physical book edition, only for your digital pleasure.

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    ICONIC: THE BOOK - EARLY-BIRD EDITION

    For all you early bird supporters, you'll get the full ICONIC book in all its glory, but as a thank you for jumping in so early, you'll get the book for an early-bird rate. You'll also receive the exclusive ICONIC kickstarter print as well!

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    • ICONIC: The Art of Caleb King (signed)
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    ICONIC - THE BOOK

    THE BOOK! This is it! The reason for this campaign! Get yourself a copy of ICONIC, and I'll even sign it for you!

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    ICONIC - SKETCH TIER

    ICONIC the book with a little customization for your viewing pleasure! I'll sketch for you a surprise little drawing on the inside of your copy of ICONIC. Book? Check. Original drawing? Checkmate. You'll also get the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print!

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    • ICONIC: The Art of Caleb King (signed)
    • ICONIC Exclusive Kickstarter Print
    • Surprise Original Sketch Drawing (inside book).
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    ICONIC - 4" x 10" COMMISSION TIER

    ICONIC the book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, AND your very own custom 4" x 10" watercolor drip painting. All you need to do is pledge at this tier (only 10 pledges available), and when your backer survey appears, specify what character you'd like for your painting, and I'll do the rest! Its literally that easy!

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    • ICONIC: The Art of Caleb King (signed)
    • ICONIC Exclusive Kickstarter Print
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    ICONIC - 6" x 12" COMMISSION TIER

    ICONIC the book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, and a custom 6" x 12" watercolor drip painting! Pledge at this tier (only 10 available), and when you complete your backer survey at the end of the campaign, specify what you want me to paint for you in my signature drip style. Done! its that easy!

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    • ICONIC: The Art of Caleb King (signed)
    • ICONIC Exclusive Kickstarter Print
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    ICONIC: AURORA TIER

    This tier includes the original 5.5" x 16" watercolor painting of Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) as seen in ICONIC. You will receive the ICONIC book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, and the original Aurora watercolor painting.

    Aurora was created using only watercolor. No ink outlines were used.

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    • AURORA Original Watercolor Painting
    • ICONIC: The Art of Caleb King (signed)
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    ICONIC: ARIEL TIER

    This tier includes the original 5.5" x 16" watercolor painting of Princess Ariel (The Little Mermaid) as seen in ICONIC. You will receive the ICONIC book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, and the original Ariel watercolor painting.

    Ariel was created using only watercolor. No ink outlines were used.

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    • ARIEL Original Watercolor Painting
    • ICONIC: The Art of Caleb King (signed)
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    ICONIC: PENNYWISE TIER

    This tier includes the original 5.5" x 16" watercolor painting of Pennywise the Clown (Tim Curry version) as seen in ICONIC. You will receive the ICONIC book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, and the original Pennywise watercolor painting.

    Pennywise was created using only watercolor. No ink outlines were used.

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    • PENNYWISE Original Watercolor Painting
    • ICONIC: The Art of Caleb King (signed)
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    ICONIC: BILLY THE PUPPET TIER

    This tier includes the original 5.5" x 16" watercolor painting of Billy the Puppet (Saw) as seen in ICONIC. You will receive the ICONIC book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, and the original Billy watercolor painting.

    Billy was created using only watercolor. No ink outlines were used.

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    • BILLY THE PUPPET Original Watercolor Painting
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    ICONIC: DARTH VADER TIER

    This tier includes the original 5.5" x 16" watercolor painting of Darth Vader (Star Wars) as seen in ICONIC. You will receive the ICONIC book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, and the original Darth Vader watercolor painting.

    Darth Vader was created using only watercolor. No ink outlines were used.

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    ICONIC: STORMTROOPER TIER

    This tier includes the original 5.5" x 16" watercolor painting of a Stormtrooper (Star Wars) as seen in ICONIC. You will receive the ICONIC book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, and the original Stormtrooper watercolor painting.

    The Stormtrooper was created using only watercolor. No ink outlines were used.

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    • STORMTROOPER Original Watercolor Painting
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    ICONIC: KYLO REN TIER

    This tier includes the original 5.5" x 16" watercolor painting of Kylo Ren (Star Wars) as seen in ICONIC. You will receive the ICONIC book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, and the original Kylo Ren watercolor painting.

    Kylo Ren was created using only watercolor. No ink outlines were used.

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    • KYLO REN Original Watercolor Painting
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    ICONIC: CAPTAIN PHASMA TIER

    This tier includes the original 5.5" x 16" watercolor painting of Captain Phasma (Star Wars) as seen in ICONIC. You will receive the ICONIC book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, and the original Captain Phasma watercolor painting.

    Captain Phasma was created using only watercolor. No ink outlines were used.

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    • CAPTAIN PHASMA Original Watercolor Painting
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    ICONIC: FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER TIER

    This tier includes the original 5.5" x 16" watercolor painting of a First Order Stormtrooper (Star Wars) as seen in ICONIC. You will receive the ICONIC book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, and the original First Order Stormtrooper watercolor painting.

    The First Order Stormtrooper was created using only watercolor. No ink outlines were used.

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    • FIRST ORDER STORMTROOPER Original Watercolor Painting
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    BB-8 Original Watercolor Painting

    This tier includes the original 5.5" x 16" watercolor painting of BB-8 (Star Wars) as seen in ICONIC. You will receive the ICONIC book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, and the original BB-8 watercolor painting.

    BB-8 was created using only watercolor.

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    • ICONIC Exclusive Kickstarter Print
    • ICONIC: The Art of Caleb King (signed)
    • BB-8 Original Watercolor Painting.
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    ICONIC: THANOS TIER

    This tier includes the original 6" x 18" watercolor painting of Thanos (Marvel) as seen in ICONIC. You will receive the ICONIC book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, and the original Thanos watercolor painting.

    Thanos was created using only watercolor and ink. He was created as the 2018 limited edition exclusive print for the San Diego Comic Con.

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    • THANOS Original Watercolor Painting
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    ICONIC: SLYTHERIN TIER

    This tier includes the original 5.5" x 16" watercolor painting of House Slytherin (Harry Potter) as seen in ICONIC. You will receive the ICONIC book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, and the original House Slytherin watercolor painting.

    House Slytherin was created using only watercolor and ink.

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    • HOUSE SLYTHERIN Original Watercolor Painting
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    ICONIC: RAVENCLAW TIER

    This tier includes the original 5.5" x 16" watercolor painting of House Ravenclaw (Harry Potter) as seen in ICONIC. You will receive the ICONIC book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, and the original House Ravenclaw watercolor painting.

    House Ravenclaw was created using only watercolor and ink.

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    • HOUSE RAVENCLAW Original Watercolor Painting
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    ICONIC: HUFFLEPUFF TIER

    This tier includes the original 5.5" x 16" watercolor painting of House Hufflepuff (Harry Potter) as seen in ICONIC. You will receive the ICONIC book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, and the original House Hufflepuff watercolor painting.

    House Hufflepuff was created using only watercolor and ink.

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    • HOUSE HUFFLEPUFF Original Watercolor Painting
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    ICONIC: GRYFFINDOR TIER

    This tier includes the original 5.5" x 16" watercolor painting of House Gryffindor (Harry Potter) as seen in ICONIC. You will receive the ICONIC book, the exclusive kickstarter ICONIC print, and the original House Gryffindor watercolor painting.

    House Gryffindor was created using only watercolor and ink.

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    • HOUSE GRYFFINDOR Original watercolor Painting
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