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A graphic novel about the creation of Pinocchio. The tale of what happened on that day so dark. The tale of a man named Salvatore. Read more

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A graphic novel about the creation of Pinocchio. The tale of what happened on that day so dark. The tale of a man named Salvatore.

Philadelphia, PA Comics
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"CJ Draden's Pinocchio is a rough-hewn little hero, who blasts off the workbench with mismatched hardware and a scrappy attitude."
—James Gurney, creator of Dinotopia
CJ Draden's Pinocchio.
CJ Draden's Pinocchio.

This is not just another re-imagining ancient folklore "Pinocchio", this is "Pain from the Scar on a Wooden Heart", a story about passion, love, despair and mental instability. The internal message of the story is about the ability to see beauty and create life in the most derelict of those emotional circumstances. Thank you for viewing my Pinocchio project. Create a life.

Sincerely,

-CJ Draden

A vlog about the construction of my Pinocchio.

$20 PLEDGE. Any two of these 11x17, 100lb Pinocchio prints shown below.

11x17, 100lb Wooden Heart Pinocchio Prints.
11x17, 100lb Wooden Heart Pinocchio Prints.

These are four portraits I painted of my personal heroes in literature and art that inspired me as an artist and author. These prints are offered as an open choice among the Pinocchio prints offered within the pledges.

Dali, Lovecraft, Poe, Shakespeare.
Dali, Lovecraft, Poe, Shakespeare.

$30 PLEDGE. One Wooden Heart necklace charm and any one of the 11x17, 100lb Pinocchio prints shown above.

Wooden Heart Necklace Charm.
Wooden Heart Necklace Charm.

$40 PLEDGE. A copy of "Pain from the Scar on a Wooden Heart: A Pinocchio story by CJ Draden", with blank page on inner cover for free Pinocchio pen and ink sketch.

A Pinocchio story by CJ Draden
A Pinocchio story by CJ Draden

PREVIEW SPREADS FROM THE GRAPHIC NOVEL.

Preview from the first act of the GRAPHIC NOVEL.
Preview from the first act of the GRAPHIC NOVEL.
Preview from the first act of the GRAPHIC NOVEL.
Preview from the first act of the GRAPHIC NOVEL.
Preview from the first act of the GRAPHIC NOVEL.
Preview from the first act of the GRAPHIC NOVEL.
Preview from the first act of the GRAPHIC NOVEL.
Preview from the first act of the GRAPHIC NOVEL.

$100 PLEDGE. This is the original Wooden Heart that I have created to fit into the chest cavity of my Pinocchio sculpture. Below this image is cast molded Wooden Hearts I offer at this level pledge level along with A copy of the graphic novel "Pain from the Scar on A Wooden Heart", w/blank page at the front of the book for a free internal original Pinocchio pen and ink sketch.

The Original Wooden Heart.
The Original Wooden Heart.

Hand made and hand painted these are the wooden hearts cast molds that are offered in the pledges.

Wooden Heart cast mold replicas.
Wooden Heart cast mold replicas.

Size relationships between my original glass paintings of 8x10 and 5x7.

Original Pinocchio themed paintings.
Original Pinocchio themed paintings.

Size relationships between my original glass paintings of 11x14 and 16x20.

Size relationship between my original glass commission sizes of 11x14 and 16x20.
Size relationship between my original glass commission sizes of 11x14 and 16x20.

An image of the 18x36 size original glass commission offered in the pledges.

An 8x10 Pinocchio glass original next to an 18x36 pinocchio glass original so folks interested in higher pledges can see how large the 18x36 glass commission will be upon delivery.
An 8x10 Pinocchio glass original next to an 18x36 pinocchio glass original so folks interested in higher pledges can see how large the 18x36 glass commission will be upon delivery.

This vlog is an inside look of my studio and my process. -Draden

This is the master copy of my main character Salvatore's sketch journal, Ive created for the over all production of Pinocchio himself. This was a very vital piece to this project and as it served as my sketch journal to plan out schematics and process for the construction of my Pinocchio. For the higher pledges I will be offering to recreate very few copies of this beautiful hand bound notebook.

Salvatore's Journal.
Salvatore's Journal.

This piece is only available on the highest pledge. This is a 5x7 backpack sized scratch board sketch book I made to travel with when I attend conventions and shows around the country to promote Pain from the Scar on a Wooden Heart. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, for I do not sell sketchbook work and I have never sold a full fledged book of my sketch book. This is my very first scratch board sketch book of Pinocchio drawings.

My first Pinocchio Scratch Board Sketch Book.
My first Pinocchio Scratch Board Sketch Book.

I only wish I could tell each and every one of my followers how grateful I am for the support to allow me to see this project to it's precipice of creation. Help me take this last step in the completion of this story, create this life with me, we have much philosophy of our individual experiences to discuss after each of us reads "Pain from the Scar on a Wooden Heart: A Pinocchio story by CJ Draden". With our most sincere thank you, Pinocchio and I welcome you to our world.

-CJ Draden.

Risks and challenges

I am an independently funded artist which means my support comes from the people, meaning you! As much as I am proud to be a artist and servant of the people I know the risks and benefits of such a title. I rarely have problems with getting services and artwork to my followers however I would like to let you all know that if there is ever an issue, if you do your best to work with me I will always put your priorities over my very own. That is my promise to you.
-CJ Draden

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    Every dollar counts. Thank you so much for your contribution to this project.
    -CJ Draden

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    I will send you a personal email thanking you for your contribution for the project and a few stickers of my Pinocchio character. Thank you for your support.

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    A copy of the graphic novel "Pain from the Scar on A Wooden Heart", w/blank page at the front of the book for a free internal original Pinocchio pen and ink sketch. + 5x7 Original glass painting of either a CJ Draden Pinocchio piece or open commission of choice. + Open choice of any one 11x17, 100lb CJ Draden's Pinocchio style poster prints.

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    A copy of the graphic novel "Pain from the Scar on A Wooden Heart", w/blank page at the front of the book for a free internal original Pinocchio pen and ink sketch. + An original handmade cast mold of the actual Wooden Heart made for the five foot Pinocchio sculpture created for the presentation of "Pain from the Scar on a Heart". + Open choice of any one 11x17, 100lb CJ Draden's Pinocchio style poster prints.

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    A copy of the graphic novel "Pain from the Scar on A Wooden Heart", w/blank page at the front of the book for a free internal original Pinocchio pen and ink sketch. + 8x10 Original glass painting of either a CJ Draden's Pinocchio or open commission of choice. + Open choice of any 11x17, 100lb CJ Draden's Pinocchio style poster print.

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    A copy of the graphic novel "Pain from the Scar on A Wooden Heart", w/blank page at the front of the book for a free internal original Pinocchio pen and ink sketch. + Handmade, hand bound replica from the master copy of Salvatore's journal on his designs/ schematics/ writings/ of how he created Pinocchio in the graphic novel. + An original handmade cast mold of the actual Wooden Heart made for the five foot Pinocchio sculpture I created for the presentation of "Pain from the Scar on a Heart". + 18x36 original glass painting of CJ Draden's Pinocchio. + Open choice of any two 11x17, 100lb CJ Draden's Pinocchio style poster prints. + Original glass necklace charm with glass painting of CJ Draden's Pinocchio character icon. + A 5x7 scratch board sketch book I created to etch in designs of my Pinocchio creation while on the road at shows and conventions. This is a beautiful offer as I do not sell my sketchbooks. This will be a once in a life time opportunity to purchase my one Pinocchio sketch book for sale.

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