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I have posted 1000 daily drawings on my website. I am going to produce a book showcasing all of them.
I have posted 1000 daily drawings on my website. I am going to produce a book showcasing all of them.
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My name is Chris Piascik. I'm an independent illustrator and designer living in CT, and for the past four years, I've been drawing something, anything, every Monday through Friday. December 21st marks my 1000th daily drawing. 1000th is a weird word, so that will be the last time I use it here.

Since around Daily Drawing 217 I started thinking about putting together a book featuring all of my Dailies. At the time, I told myself I needed so many more drawings. At around Daily Drawing 493 I decided 1000 would be the right number. As I approached Daily Drawing 900 I started sweating profusely and wondering what I'd gotten myself into. ALAS, THE DAY IS UPON US! (I say 'us' to make you all feel involved, but really the day is upon me.)

I'm not ashamed to say I want your help self-publishing this book because I want full control over the final product. The Daily Drawing project has changed my life in several significant ways and I need to honor that by putting out the product I want to put out. (Don't worry editors, I'm totally willing to let you have the reins on future projects.) Drawing every night gave me the confidence to move away from graphic design and towards illustration professionally, and to take the scary leap to freelancing full-time. All the projects I started getting as a result of my dailies didn't hurt either! Though these drawings cover a broad spectrum of topics and content they also serve as a memoir for the past 4 years of my life. I'm hoping to raise $5,500, which will be enough to print and bind the book. I've been staying up all hours to get the files organized (1000 is a lot!) and the pages laid out, and it's starting to take shape. If all continues as planned, 1000 Days of Drawing by Chris Piascik will be on bookshelves and coffee tables sometime in March.

Over the years I have done a lot with these drawings. I've created a handful of zines—one featured all of Major Taylor's guidelines for Good Habits and Clean Living

Another was a collection of drawings documenting every bicycle I have ever owned—and it's been a lot. 

I've done 4 different zines focused on hand-lettering. I've also screenprinted a bunch.

My good friend Stebs of Paper Fortress fame even made a video of me doing a drawing for Halloween a couple years back. Check it out!:

That video has had over 50k views! It was featured on Boing Boing and Draw!

How about some interesting statistics? 

There are 8 sections in the book:
1. Quotes – 138 drawings
2. Characters – 140 drawings
3. Improvised – 124 drawings
4. Bikes – 48 drawings
5. Music – 111 drawings
6. Politics – 121 drawings
7. Complaining – 123 drawings
8. Random – 195 drawings

Maybe a little more bragging... my drawings have been featured in/on Print Magazine, Boing BoingFast Company, The Daily What, Moveon.org, DefGrip, Prolly Is Not Probably, My Love For You, LetterCult, Lettering Beyond Computer Graphics, The New Twenties, Drawn and more!

So a book, right? Let's do this!

Oh and extra-special thanks to Matthew Budelman and Donovan Brien for the video magic and Josh LaFayette for the amazing song made just for this video!

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    Reward #1: You will get access to project updates and your name will be listed on my website as a contributor.

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    Reward #2: I will draw your name and email it to you, I'll add your name to my site as a contributor.

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    Reward #6: A signed copy of the book and a 'Kickstart My Heart' 11x17" screenprinted poster, signed and numbered + all of the above. (as a bonus I'll include the drawing of your name on a contributors page in the book) (if you are outside of the USA please add $10 to cover shipping)

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    Reward #7: I will illustrate your favorite quote* and mail you the original drawing + all of the above

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    Reward #9: Mr. Money Bags, eh? I'll give you one of my filled sketchbooks + a signed copy of the book.

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    Reward #10: Big-Baller-Sponsor-Status! I'll do a full page drawing for you to be included in the book. The content will mostly be up to you. But, as I said earlier, I won't draw anything super offensive—unless I agree with you. I'll also include a signed copy of the book.

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