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Enter a realm of fantastic beasts & legends with this colourful illustrated compendium exploring the mythical creatures of Wales
Enter a realm of fantastic beasts & legends with this colourful illustrated compendium exploring the mythical creatures of Wales
618 backers pledged £31,150 to help bring this project to life.

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I'd love to take a moment to introduce you to my latest art book which has been over four years in the making. 'Welsh Monsters & Mythical Beasts' is an 89 page illustrated guide containing numerous creature profiles and legends accompanied by detailed ink and watercolour illustrations.

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Digital product mock-up.

My name is Collette and I'm a full time freelance fantasy illustrator from Wales, a modern Celtic nation situated on the lower West coast of the British Isles. I grew up surrounded by the stunning countryside, dramatic landscapes, legends of King Arthur, dragons and tales of mysterious creatures that inhabited the land. Over the years I built a career through my art and have been heavily influenced by Welsh culture and inspired by fantasy, nature and ancient mythologies from around the world. 

Samples of inside pages.
Samples of inside pages.

You may have heard of the Red Dragon (Ddraig Goch) featured on the national flag of Wales, but sadly here in Wales many of our other legends and mythical creatures are being forgotten over time. I felt so sad to see my culture loosing such an amazing array of stories and creatures, so it  became my mission to bring them back to the forefront of Welsh culture and introduce them to a new generation and share our rich mythology with the world.

Y Ddraig Coch - The Red Dragon
Y Ddraig Coch - The Red Dragon

SPECS:  

  • 89 pages in length 
  • Approx 8.27 x 8.27 inches in size
  • UPGRADED TO HARDBACK (VIA STRETCH GOAL)
  • Printed cover with metallic gold foil filigree and text 

I originally launched the 1st edition of this book in 2016 and I received an overwhelmingly positive response. The original book had to meet very tight deadlines and I always had this niggling feeling that it could have been so much more than what it was, still, people all over Wales started sending in even more legends of mythical beasts from their local areas. There was so much new material that naturally it inspired me to expand on the original book and create a second edition. So, I set out to recreate some of the original illustrations and add many more.

Sample of gold foiling effect that will feature on the cover.
Sample of gold foiling effect that will feature on the cover.

ADDITIONAL CREATURES & LEGENDS:  

  • THE ANNWNN (The Celtic Otherworld)  
  • TYLWYTH TEG (Fairy Folk)  
  • ELLYLLON (Elves) 
  • COBLYNAU (Mine Fairies) 
  • BWBACHOD (House Fairies) 
  • GWRAGEDD ANNWN (Water Fairies) 
  • GWYLLION (Mountain Fairies)
  • CEWRI (Giants) 
  • CERNUNNOS (The Horned God) 
  • BWCA (Knockers) 
  • CWRACH Y RHIBYN (Hag of the Mist) 
  • MORGANS (Mermaids) 
  • CATH PALUG (Paulg's Cat)
Samples of two new pages
Samples of two new pages

Listed below are just a handful of changes that have been made to this new edition of the art book:

  • Metallic gold foil cover artwork and text
  • Expanded from 50 to 89 pages
  • Existing legends and creature profiles have been expanded
  • Original artworks have been enhanced or re-drawn 
  • Graphic design and typography has been updated
  • All blank pages have been removed 
  • Existing typos have been removed or corrected
  • An editor and Welsh translator will oversee the writing
  • Can be bought with an additional behind the scenes sketchbook
  • New exclusive prints available 
  • Postboxes are smaller and more streamlined
  • The book has been ISBN registered 
  • Features a barcode for easy sale
  • Wholesale options available
The new book has been separated into sections to include Dragons, Beasts, Spirits and a whole new section on Fairy Folk has been added.
The new book has been separated into sections to include Dragons, Beasts, Spirits and a whole new section on Fairy Folk has been added.

I'm so excited about this expanded version of the book, there's so much new content and I hope you will love it too!

This time you'll have the option of adding an additional sketchbook to your order! The all new sketchbook offers a unique insight into the development of the book; featuring a variety of thumbnails, concept sketches and page plans.

Sketchbook digital mockup
Sketchbook digital mockup

It is the same size as the art book featuring a soft cover and recycled pages.

Works in Progress
Works in Progress

This is the perfect add-on for aspiring illustrators and behind the scenes lovers out there who want to see how the book was made. 

EARLY BIRD REWARDS:  

During this campaign there will be a limited number of Early Bird rewards available. Each Early Bird book will be signed, will include an original hand-drawn pencil sketch and will be lovingly hand wrapped in black paper and tied with string, all held together with a golden wax seal. 

All physical book pre-orders are eligible for stretch-goal rewards, you will be able to purchase additional prints, books and items via my Etsy store once the book is completed.

PRINTS TO CHOOSE FROM:   

If you have selected a pledge that includes a print or multiple prints, you will be prompted to provide the names of the prints you would like when the customer surveys are sent out via a selection menu.

All prints will be printed onto 'Polished Pearl Polar' 300gsm card, these extra special prints will have a shimmering almost surreal appearance when they catch the light. 

COMMISSIONS:   

REGARDING COMMISSION SUBJECTS: Just one character or creature per commission slot. Bust commissions may include any mythical creature of your choosing while full body commissions will be exclusive to dragon types only. When the surveys are sent out you will be prompted to provide information, reference sheets or keywords regarding your commission. You can do this by writing a short description in the note box provided in the survey or by sending your information via private message once the Kickstarter has ended.

WHOLESALE PRE-ORDERS:

Be the first to stock this unique art-book in your store by pre-ordering through the Kickstarter, books will retail at £30 each.
Be the first to stock this unique art-book in your store by pre-ordering through the Kickstarter, books will retail at £30 each.

The book is ISBN registered, this number and the bar-code is printed on the back cover and comes with additional A3 promo posters so you can advertise easily. 

Original artworks featured in the book will be available to buy during the campaign, as they sell out each AVAILABLE artwork will be marked as SOLD. This pledge is a first come first served basis, so once you chose this reward you will need to message me asap with the artwork you would like so I can reserve it for you. 

Selection of originals available.
Selection of originals available.

Alternatively you can pay for originals separate to your pledge, just pop me a private message and I will link you to my Paypal.

More original artworks will be listed for sale on my Etsy store as the project progresses. Kickstarter backers and Patreons will be informed as soon as they are made available.

PLEASE NOTE: Originals will be sent out separately to your art book order. 

Stretch goals that have been unlocked will become clear, goals yet to be unlocked will appear faded.

Please keep in mind that if a target is not reached these stretch goals will not be included with your order.

I want to say a massive thank you to all those who backed the first edition and brought this project to life, you guys literally kick-started my freelance career! Those who bought a book during the original Kickstarter in 2016 and all those who have pledged over $5 to the project on Patreon, will receive an additional hand signed, gold foil art print:

Digital print mock-up.
Digital print mock-up.

DISCLAIMER Please keep in mind in order to receive this reward you must have backed the first edition of this book on Kickstarter or you must be an active Patreon who has pledged $5 or more over time. You must also be an active Patreon during the campaign and remain a Patreon until May 2019 at ANY level. If you did not purchase a book during the last campaign but would like to get in on this giveaway, you can do so by becoming a $5 Patreon Supporter for one month HERE

My name is Collette J Ellis and I'm a full time freelance fantasy illustrator from Wales, my work is hugely influenced by ancient mythologies and I love drawing dragons and mythical creatures.

Hello!
Hello!

In the past I have achieved an MA in Design Communication and have exhibited at various conventions across the UK; including London, Manchester and Cardiff. In October 2016 I opened my third solo exhibition in the Oriel Yuys Mon on Anglesey and have launched a number of successful Kickstarters, the first of which was the 1st edition of the book ‘Welsh Monsters and Mythical Beasts’ which sold over 1,000 copies in its first year.

2016 First edition.
2016 First edition.

Over the years I have worked on numerous publications for authors and album covers for musicians. I've been featured in several online blogs and magazines, including Imagine FX Magazine, 'Y Lle’ on Welsh TV channel S4C and have even appeared on the BBC ‘Wales Today’ Show. 

Samples of my artwork.
Samples of my artwork.

If you want to know more about my work and what I do, you can check out my website that includes more artwork, a link to my mailing list and links to my social media pages: www.collettejellis.com 

  • October 23rd - Kickstarter launch day
  • November 22nd - Kickstarter closes
  • January 2019 - Book edited 
  • March 2019 - Book completed and paid for
  • April - Surveys sent out to backers
  • May / June 2019 - Books dispatched 

Please keep in mind that this is a rough guide, prep and shipping time can vary dramatically depending on how many books have been ordered. I will continue to keep backers up to date with monthly updates here on Kickstarter, but my goal is to have the books delivered by October - November 2019 at the very latest should I sell more than I anticipate in the schedule above. 

COSTS:

To give you an idea of how the money will be spent should this project fund I have created a rough pie chart illustrating the costs involved.

A rough pie-chart to illustrate funding breakdown.
A rough pie-chart to illustrate funding breakdown.

The funding goal includes production costs, postage, packaging, prints, add-ons and additional fees including Paypal, Credit-card fees, Kickstarter fees and a cushion should additional costs arise, in my experience running Kickstarter campaigns there are always a few unforeseen costs. 

WELSH LANGUAGE:

Sadly due to cost, I'm unable to produce a bilingual copy of the physical book for this pre-order. However the Welsh language is incredibly important to me so if this Kickstarter goes well I intend to have the book translated into Welsh and made available in book stores and online by the end of 2019.

Please keep in mind that the writing for the book is 80% complete thus far and 60% of the artwork is complete. This Kickstarter will afford me the time and means to complete the book, it will also be receiving a final edit by a professional editor. I will be working closely with ExWhyZed Printing to ensure you receive the best quality product so I have allowed time for these final touches to be made. 

Pledges will be shipped worldwide! Simply select your pledge option, your location and Kickstarter will calculate shipping for you! The price will include postage and packaging costs. All orders will be sent standard delivery. In the event of lost items, I will offer to resend your 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 replacement. If you fail to provide a correct address during the surveys then I will be unable to replace your order. 

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. 

KICKSTARTER SURVEY DISCLAIMER: Please keep in mind that once surveys have been sent out you will have a limited amount of time to fill them in (up to 4 weeks). After this time a public update will be made to let you know that the books have all been shipped. Anyone who has not completed their survey by this time will not receive a copy of the book, instead their pledge will be viewed as a 'donation pledge'. 

This time I have chosen to have my book printed by ‘Ex Why Zed Printing’ in Colchester, UK. 

I have used them several times in the past for my art sketchbooks and prints as they have came highly recommended by many other successful Kickstarter users and friends. They are both remarkably fast and incredibly high quality. 

Learn more about Ex Why Zed via their website: http://www.exwhyzed.co.uk

Risks and challenges

*** IMPORTANT PLEASE READ ***

After my last few campaigns, I learned that things don’t always go to plan so I have allowed for extra time in my deadline just in case this happens.

You will be continuously updated every two - three weeks on the progress via this campaigns updates section or you can follow the project on my social media accounts.

I've also allowed for 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!

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    Each early bird book will be signed, will include an original hand drawn pencil sketch and will be lovingly hand wrapped in black paper and tied with string, all held together with a golden Dragons of Dinas wax seal.

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    MYTHICAL BEAST COMMISSION

    Bust commission of a mythical beast of you choosing, will be drawn onto A5 size watercolour card and finished in watercolour.

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