My name is Craig, I’m a visual artist, I draw & paint stuff.
Then I take the stuff I draw & paint and find a place to show it and maybe, just maybe, sell some. Since taking the plunge to display my artwork in 2008, I have been involved in 29 solo or group exhibits in the past eleven years.
Seeking a location in 2013 to display newly created artworks for one such solo exhibition has led me 5 years later, to type out this worksheet for my first 'Kickstarter' campaign.
I would like to make a book. I will convert the images displayed in that solo Art exhibit and the social-media ArtStory promotional project that preceded the exhibit into a 9.5 x 12.5 inch, 140+ page book featuring 45 tongue-in-cheek stories and 151 art images. With your help and the kind assistance of Kickstarter I can realize my dream.
Signing on the dotted line to display my art at Ukazoo Bookstore, it would be 9 months before my solo exhibit was to open on February 16, 2014. Brainstorming with a couple of friends led me to create 'The Journey to Ukazoo' as a social media promotional project to keep "online" viewers aware of this upcoming exhibit. The name Ukazoo is a Trademark of Ukazoo Bookstore and used with permission.
On a U.S. map, I charted 37 stops along a route starting from Baltimore, Maryland across the United States and back again to arrive at Ukazoo Bookstore on February 16, 2014 for the opening.
Using a whimsical journal text format paired with my art images as photo/slides to create a fictitious story about my week's stay at each selected stop. This resulted in 37 stories/vignettes. When working out the story I imposed a limited word count for each posted story. The result for print book form, equates to a one page story with companion image opposite.
Stops on this journey were chosen for a variety of reasons; oddity of city/town name, manageable one-day driving distance, and in some cases the images themselves dictated a need for an obvious specific location.
In three instances I had to select a location based on proximity. From each of these locations (Slide/story 15, 20, & 29) I had to drive deep into national forests to stage the story with a paired image.
Note that not all stops were in the U.S. Working out my schedule I decided to make one stop in Canada. This stop was at the Christmas holiday season. I based the story on a pun-laced takeoff of the "Twelve Days of Christmas". On the "third day of Christmas" I used the 3 Strolling Lawn Vases.
After 'The Journey to Ukazoo' section, I continued the journey’s theme for the 8 weeks of the Art exhibit. On those Monday posts I created a companion piece to one of the ‘journeys' stops/stories with images and notations called ’Snapshots and Memorabilia'.
The Exhibit: Displayed at the Ukazoo Bookstore were 9 oil paintings and 23 small drawings called "Thumbnail Sketches". I decided only to post the paintings on Mondays. This brought ‘The Journey to Ukazoo’ art exhibit to a close on June 9, 2014, a year after the Journey began.
The Thumbnail Sketches are small (2.25 x 2.25 inches) and with mat and frame they are 5.5 x 5.5 inches. For the book format they will post four images to a page, conveying their intended simplicity.
So Why Kickstarter
A grand and unique project within itself; a 140 page, coffee-table-sized book, displaying a combination of 77 colorful images and 45 whimsical, fictitious vignettes. With all the stories written and images having been completed and digitally scanned for the 2013 social media project, it is the publishing that makes up a major portion of the funding I'm seeking.
But, I did say at the beginning, 151 images would be included and this brings us to a second part of the funding needed to put this in your hands.
It was always my intent from the first day I considered compiling this project into book form that I wanted to add a whimsical border artwork below the 37 text and images of the 'Journey' portion. Over the past few years I have been working with a separate sketchbook to develop 74 companion works of art to run along the bottom of each page of the journey. I have been transferring these 2.75 x 8 inch worksheets to a quality Bristol paper for ink and watercolor.
A second portion of the funding I am seeking is for the materials, and digital scanning of these 74 additional artworks. They accompany the stories and images of the journey to Ukazoo as the bottom-of-page Border artwork. Each pair (37) of original watercolor/pen & ink drawings are also offered as one of the rewards.
- Selected Giclee prints from images used in ' The Journey to Ukazoo' Book
- 'The Journey to Ukazoo' Book
- Opportunity to have your name included in story text or Border art
- Original Border artworks
- With successful campaign, donors (at appropriate reward levels) have 30 days from final campaign closing date to submit their name to have it entered into either story text, Border art, and/or acknowledgement in book.
The physical book will be softcover, 9.5 x 12.5 inch, approximately 140 full-color pages, consisting of about 65% artwork and 35% text. Cover paper is 100 lb.-Color: 4/4, 4C Process, Digital. Text/art paper is 80 lb.- Color: 4/4, 4C Process, Digital. Prefect Bound. All books pre-ordered through Kickstarter will be signed!
Publishing: initial setup, proof, first run 40%
Art Digital scanning, layout assistance 27%
Materials, video 13%
Kickstarter Fees 10%
Karen Trimble: Fellow artist helping with text proofing and general feedback. www.karentrimblefineart.com
Sébastien Brunet: Composer for Video soundtrack. Our second collaboration. http://desimpossibiliser.blogspot.com/?m=1
Brandon Banks: Video
Jeff Salava: Archival Arts for Digital image scanning and art layout assistance. www.ArchivalArts.com
Ukazoo Bookstore: First, for considering my artwork to meet their standards for displaying a Solo Art Exhibit at their establishment in 2014. Second, for their gracious permission to use their Trademarked 'Ukazoo' name in both the initial 2013/14 on-line art project and to use the Ukazoo name for this book project.
hbp, inc: Publishing, Hagerstown, Maryland
This multi faceted project has been long in the making and using a cliche, a labor of love. Primarily a visual artist, I am also by trade a draftsman, carpenter, cabinetmaker and picture framer. As mentioned at the beginning, I have participated in 29 solo and group exhibits in the past 11 years since my first exhibit in 2008. I am currently involved in a two month group art exhibit and scheduled for a future group art exhibit in August/September of this year.
This is my first Kickstarter campaign. My resume includes online Art projects, solo and group exhibits, and a life long experience working with projects in various fields that required commitments to deadlines. I feel confident I can fulfill this obligation to the donors that have been involved in helping make this journey successful.
5 x 7 inch Early-Bird print rewards:
8 x 10 inch print rewards:
Original Oil paintings From Ukazoo Art Exhibit Rewards
Risks and challenges
Card and card & print-only rewards that await final selections/totals and addresses before being able to order from the vendor. These rewards should start mailing in May.
As noted in 'So why Kickstarter' a rough text version of the book is written and the artwork (77 images) for the main body has been digitally scanned and awaiting final layout.
The text is only considered in its rough version because of the rewards portion of adding names of patrons into the story line and final proofing.
The 74 drawings for the border artwork has a similar requirement in that it cannot be completed until the campaign is funded and I am able to add patrons' names to locations within the artwork. Upon completion, these artworks must be digitally scanned and then inserted into the layout.
Once a final layout is configured it is converted to a PDF file for transfer to the publisher. A proof will be reviewed and if no changes are necessary the book will be published.
The book already has a publisher (hbp, inc.). Due to the nature of publishing, there could be a delay in the final print date for the books. With no major delays I look to a July mailing. Updates will keep everyone aware of the schedule.
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