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$10,445
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230
backers
4days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, August 30 2019 3:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About


Welcome to the Kickstarter for ‘Dark Mythos: Creatures of Mythology’!  

My name is Audre ‘Charamath’ Schutte, and I am an artist with a deep passion for creating monsters.  I’ve created them for tabletop games, video games, books and for sheer personal enjoyment.  One of the greatest sources of inspiration for my creatures has always been the mythologies of various cultures from around the world.  ‘Dark Mythos’ is my celebration of those mythologies.  

Throughout this book you’ll find dozens of my interpretations of mythical creatures from around the world.  They hail from all corners of the Earth; from the dark woods of Russia to the deepest ocean trenches.  I didn't want to do just the 'popular' mythical creatures like dragons; I wanted to include creatures many of us have never heard of from a variety of cultures.  Some will be endearing, some will terrifying, but all, I hope, will inspire you to learn more about these mythical beings.

This book is something I’ve been creating for the past year as a passion project.  Many of my followers on social media even joined in during my #mythicmay challenge while I worked on it!  I’m bringing it here to Kickstarter to both offer a system to pre-order the book and to raise the considerable funds for publishing.

My first Kickstarter book, 'Creatures & Creepies: the Monster Art of Charamath' was a wonderful success.  I was amazed to see how many new people discovered my work via my Kickstarter for it.  I hope to repeat that success with my second book, 'Dark Mythos' (though with a bit more experience this time around!).  

  • 100 pages *
  • Perfect bound softcover *
  • 8x10 inches
  • Over 50 mythical creature illustrations accompanied by descriptions *
  • Additional pages of rough concept sketches
  • Kickstarter books will include an exclusive, hand-numbered book plate as a 'thank you' for being a backer!

* Stretch goals may change these, but only for the better!

Be warned- this book will contain a little artistic nudity!  Lots of fur and lots of teeth, with the occasional boob :P

 Dark Mythos is done in one of my favorite but most fickle styles.  Each illustration is done on semi-transparent Yupo paper, which is similar to tracing paper.  It's typically used for alcohol inks, but I enjoy using it for pencil drawings.  It's very easy to smudge and smooth out lines, but it also does not really allow you to erase and redraw lines.  In that respect, it's much like working in pen; you need to really think about each line that you put down.  

Each illustration is done in black col-erase pencil with some details in gold ink or a different pencil color.  The resulting effect is something dark and almost ethereal.

Through this Kickstarter I’m also offering several additional items besides the book.  Prints, enamel pins, originals- I hope there's a little something for everyone to find here. 

40mm Paiyuk enamel pin and 5X7 shimmer prints
40mm Paiyuk enamel pin and 5X7 shimmer prints

Here's the breakdown of what's in each reward tier:

 For the Leucrotta tier- Each original illustration is 9x12 inches on semi-transparent Yupo paper.  If pledging the 'Mythos Original Illustration' tier, please message me after pledging with your first, second and third choices.  Originals are assigned by order of whomever pledged first.  Higher-res versions can be seen here.

 For the 'Kudan' tier, please try to think of several myths you'd like to see just encase it's one I've already done or something I just can't find any resources to reference.  Your commission will be one main character, on 9x12 inch Yupo paper and will be shipped to you with your rewards!

Julbocken displaying some of my unique Yupo techniques
Julbocken displaying some of my unique Yupo techniques

  Here's where the real fun part happens!  If we make it past the initial goal, I can start expanding upon the book.  My goal is to bring you, my backers, into that process!  For many of the stretch goals  I'll poll my backers for mythical creatures, open the suggestions up for a vote, and then once a mythical creature has been chosen I'll not only add it to the book, I'll create a time-lapse of me drawing the creature to share with my backers as a fun exclusive!  Some stretch goals will also include other bonus items I'll reveal when the time comes.

 One of the stretch goals is social media shares!  If you'd like to be awesome and help out the campaign by sharing, just use the links below ( I can only track through these links).  Use the hashtag #DarkMythos and let me know what your favorite mythical creature is!  You never know, it might be one I decide needs to be in the book! 

For those looking for a little something extra in their book, there are add-ons!  Want your book with an original drawing in it?  Want to snag my other creature art book?  Here's where you make that happen!  Simply add the amount given to your pledge.  Once surveys go around I'll be in touch to double check you get the add-on you desire.  

 The largest costs for this Kickstarter will be paying the publisher and shipping.  I wish I could make shipping cheaper, I do, but it can't be helped.  I do try to make it up to all non-US backers by including bonus gifts (extra prints, etc) with your shipments.   I have experience on my side from years of running my freelance art business, so I can do things like hunt down the best prices on packaging material (I've already begun hoarding shipping materials).   

I've gone ahead and pre-purchased the more time-consuming things like the enamel pins  to assure they arrive in time.   These are already proof-approved and in production.  They should hopefully arrive before the Kickstarter funding period ends.  

I'm not currently paying myself for the time spent on this in order to keep this as affordable as possible.  

cost breakdown
cost breakdown

 Time-frame wise we're pretty well set up.  I'm already well underway with this book.  Most of the artwork for it is already done.  At this point I just need to wrap up my WIPs, draw the stretch goals/tier rewards additions, and add them to my already started book layout.   I have an existing relationship with my publisher and they've already begun working on things like sample prints of the book for me.   

My hope is to have this Kickstarter shipping in November 2019.  

Risks and challenges

With book projects like this there's always the risk of unexpected things coming up like production issues, possible emergency/health delays and shipping issues. I can't guarantee those things won't happen, but I will say I've done what I can to make sure the chance of them is minimal.

The assets for this book are 70% done already. I've already ordered much of the needed shipping supplies and the most time-consuming non-book rewards and stretch goals. I've started the layout of the book and am already in touch with my printer (whom I've worked with on several occasions before) about the whole project. Past experience from my previous Kickstarters has shown me what to avoid (never do laser engraving!) and how better to plan things out, so I know fairly well what to expect. I am also very fortunate to have a network of artist friends who have done dozens of very successful Kickstarters themselves to reach out to for help if something comes up!

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