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A colourful illustrated guide to the mythical creatures from Celtic myth, believed to inhabit the dramatic landscapes of Wales
An illustrated guide to the mythical creatures from Celtic myth, belived to inhabit the dramatic landscapes of Wales
An illustrated guide to the mythical creatures from Celtic myth, belived to inhabit the dramatic landscapes of Wales
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ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Hello! I’m Collette J Ellis, a full time freelance fantasy illustrator with a love of Dragons and passion for all things mythological.

Over the years I’ve worked on numerous publications for authors and album covers for musicians. I’ve exhibited at various conventions across the UK; including London, Manchester and Cardiff Comic Cons. In October 2016 I opened my third solo exhibition in the Oriel Ynys Mon on Anglesey, where the work of Welsh Artist Sir Cyffin Williams is also featured. Over the years I’ve been lucky to have been featured in several online blogs and magazines, including Imagine FX and I have been interviewed by arts programme ‘Y Lle’ on Welsh TV channel S4C.


My work involves a lot of mixed media, I refine my sketches digitally and finish my illustrations using pen, ink and watercolours.

THE BOOK:

This book is a 50 page illustrated guide to the mysterious creatures and mythical beasts believed to inhabit the lands of Wales. The book contains numerous creature profiles and legends each with an accompanying illustration.

Hard Cover Mockup
Hard Cover Mockup

Wales is my home country and holds a special place in my heart; I grew up surrounded by dramatic landscapes, legends of King Arthur, dragons and folk tales telling of mysterious creatures that inhabit the land.  

Photography by Dave Newbould - These incredible landscapes have inspired many writers and artists, including J.R.R. Tolkien
Photography by Dave Newbould - These incredible landscapes have inspired many writers and artists, including J.R.R. Tolkien

A couple of years ago myself and my partner visited Iceland, the people there are so proud of their mythology. Sadly here in Wales many of our legends and mythical creatures have been forgotten over time. So over the last two years it became my mission to bring them back to the fore-front of Welsh culture and introduce them to a new generation. 

DISCLAIMER: Features mild nudity and horror themes
DISCLAIMER: Features mild nudity and horror themes

Rather than making the book bilingual, I felt it was important to give the buyer a choice as to what language they would prefer to read it in. This was a tough decision, but I feel it gives the text room to breathe, creating a more enjoyable experience for the reader. You may choose to order your book in English or Welsh or you can buy both together with extra rewards thrown in: 

Available to Order in English or Welsh
Available to Order in English or Welsh

DELUXE BOOK: 

Deluxe Cover Mockup (Purple)
Deluxe Cover Mockup (Purple)

There will be a deluxe edition of the book; featuring a canvas cover and gold embossed text / insignia and you guys get to decide what colour goes to print. For the duration of the kickstarter there will be a poll on the Facebook event.

You can join in with the art giveaways and vote for your favourite here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1683978425256979 

There will be a public vote to decide the final colour of the Deluxe Cover
There will be a public vote to decide the final colour of the Deluxe Cover

The Deluxe version will also be available to pre-order in English or Welsh and will feature an additional aged map of Wales folded into an envelope inside the front cover. 

Includes an additional aged map of Wales
Includes an additional aged map of Wales

The Deluxe book will also include:

  • Sketch and linart for the standard cover art
  • Double page spread of concept sketches
  • Behind the scenes photos from the art exhibition at Oriel Ynys Mon

REWARDS: 

The first 40 deluxe orders will be treated as priority and will be dispatched first, these books will include a thank you sketch inside.


ART PRINTS:  

Please remember to let me know which print you would like to receive with your order, you will be sent a 'customer survey' once the KickStarter ends asking for your address and choice of prints + additional items.

8X8 Inch Art Prints to Choose From:

A4 Art Prints to Choose From:  

COMMISSIONS:  

Backers must deliver the instructions for their commission and any reference material within 10 days of the Kickstarter closing, otherwise the artwork sent will be random. Please take into consideration that all commissioned work will be posted online - I will not draw anything including fetish matterial, extreme gore or sexual content, I like to try and keep my art reasonably family friendly :) Commissioned images can be shared and posted on the web with appropriate artist credit, but not sold or used commercially in any way by any person(s) or organization(s) other than Collette J Ellis – Flying Viper Illustration. The copyrights of all other images and products of this campaign are held by Collette J Ellis. These products are not to be used for resale, or used commercially by any other person(s) or organization(s) other than Collette J Ellis.

A5 Commission - Sample
A5 Commission - Sample

Please note; commissions take some time to complete, so will be sent separately to your order. You can keep an eye on commission progress via my social media accounts and this kickstarter campaign blog. 

A4 Full Colour Commission - Sample
A4 Full Colour Commission - Sample

STRETCH GOALS:  

£5,000 - All pledges over £10 will receive a desktop wallpaper

£5,000 +
£5,000 +

£8,000 - All pledges over £20 will recive a double sided art bookmark

£8,000 +
£8,000 +

 

£12,000 - All pledges over £20 will recive a mini art print

£12,000 +
£12,000 +

£20,000 - I'll upload a blooper reel from the making of the video

£20,000 +
£20,000 +

SHIPPING:  

Pledges will be shipped worldwide! Simply select your pledge option, your location and Kickstarter will calculate shipping for you.

All orders will be sent tracked and signed for delivery, with lots of bubble wrap to ensure they arrive safely, this costs a little more but I've done my best to shave the extra cost off the price of the book and prints.

In the event of lost orders, I will offer to resend the order once for free after 28 days of the items being sent; alternatively you will have the option of a refund or Etsy store credit. Please note that I can only reship an order once if it is lost. If the second parcel is lost, I will not be able to offer a refund.

CUSTOMS DISCLAIMER: Please be aware that some countries will charge a handling fee on items over a certain price / weight, unfortunately I have no control over this.

Should you wish to save on postage, you can pick up your copy from me in person at any of the shows listed on my websites ‘events’ page. Please contact me if you should wish to do this and we can arrange separate payment and pick up - www.collettejellis.com

WHY KICKSTARTER?

I'm new to the world of publishing and this will be my first ever illustrated book. After witnessing many successful campaigns on Kickstarter, I felt it was the best place to raise publicity for my project. It also grants backers the opportunity to grab originals and commission slots which are often fully booked.

WHY CHOOSE MINUTEMAN PRESS?

I have chosen to have my book printed by 'Minuteman Press' in Bristol, in 2015 they won the UK printing Company of the Year and are renowned for their excellent customer service and high quality products. I will be collecting the final prints in person to ensure that the books are up to standard before being sent out to customers. The main challenges of this project are likely to be planning and time management. As mentioned, the cover art and exclusive illustrations for the book are complete, all I will need to do is place orders with the printers once the Kickstarter has finished.

Thank you for taking the time to read through my Kickstarter!
Thank you for taking the time to read through my Kickstarter!

  

 

Risks and challenges

Please allow time for me to have the books printed and shipped, this may take some time depending on the amount of orders, you will be able to keep an eye on my progress via the event blog and my social media accounts.
I've also set aside the time needed to complete all commissions and art works, so that I can give my all in creating some fantastic rewards for those backing this project! :) Xx

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    DIOLCH YN FAWR

    Thank you so much for your support! Xx

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    POSTCARDS

    Awesome! Thank you so much for supporting this project! The postcard pack will include 10 random postcards featuring artwork from the book Xx

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    JUST THE BOOK

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    SIGNED BOOK + 8X8 PRINT

    A signed copy of the book and your choice of one of the 8x8 art prints

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    BILINGUAL

    Two signed copies of the book one in English and one in Welsh + your choice of two 8x8 art prints

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    • 8x8inch Art Print
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    DELUXE

    The deluxe edition will have gold lettering embossed onto a canvas hard cover, it will also feature an aditional fold up map of Wales

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    SUPER DELUXE

    For those who want all the things! This option includes a choice of 4 art prints

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    • A4 Art Print
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    DOUBLE DELUXE

    After the commission slots sold out, people were asking for an option to buy two deluxe copies :) Xx

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    A5 INK COMMISSION COMBO

    An A5 ink commission slot, please see the commissions section of this kickstarter for more information before ordering. The Combination also includes two copies of the duluxe book, one in English and one in Welsh

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    A4 COMMISSION COMBO

    An A4 full colour commission slot, please see the commissions section of this kickstarter for more information before ordering. A4 artworks will be sent seperately to your order so please don't panic if your artwork dosn't arrive at the same time ^.^ I will post regular updates on the progress of your commission via this projects blog and via my social media accounts

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    THE DRAGONS HOARD!

    'I want everything!'
    I'm astounded by your generosity, thank you so much for supporting this project!

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