Hey everybody! I'm David DePasquale, and I'm a visual development artist and designer in the animation industry. I've worked for and with studios like Disney TV, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, and Walt Disney Publishing, among others! When I'm not designing for cartoons, I'm creating my own stories and projects. Most recently, I produced a series of hand painted Tiger Daruma, which I sold online and at conventions. I am also the creator of a previous successful art-based Kickstarter, the ArCANIS Tarot Deck.
Back in late 2018, I was on a huge tiger drawing kick. Dopey tigers, screamy tigers, serious tigers, and this chunker:
Something clearly had to be done with this lad.
I simplified his design, drew a turnaround, and enlisted the help of a great 3D Modeler (@oceanthebard on Twitter) and we came up with a big boy that looked quite fantastic in 3D.
So... what to do with it? Vinyl Toy? 3D print? ....Plush? Oh heck yes, plush. Chunky animals are literally built for cuddling.
So here I introduce to you... M E G A T I G E R!
He big. He comin'. He love you.
Every MEGA TIGER is 12 inches (304.8mm) long, plus tail, and is professionally made of very soft, high quality velboa fabric. His facial features and body details are perfectly embroidered (so no small parts!) and he is filled with the perfect stuffing for squeezing. He is incredibly comfortable to hold, safety tested, and is perfect for traveling with! I took a trip from LA to New York for the holidays, and he made the absolute perfect pillow for the flight. So comfy.
The final plush will come with a hang tag and a fabric butt tag, so he'll be all official and stuff. I'll be updating backers with the design for those when I receive the OK on the final design from the factory!
In addition to the plush, there are a few smaller rewards available: a postcard and a print of the original "chonk tiger" illustration as seen above, and a "stay hungry" enamel pin.
The pin will be made of hard enamel, with silver metal casing.
Here's what you'll get when you pledge:
Along with the rewards, I have a few stretch goals in mind!
If we hit the $15000 stretch goal, everybody who ordered a tiger plush will receive a free embroidered patch! The design options will be revealed when the stretch goal is hit, and backers will be allowed to vote on their favorite one to be produced! - REACHED!!!
The second stretch goal is a WHITE TIGER version! Complete with gold embroidered detail spots, this special lad will roll his way into your hearts at $25000. - REACHED!!!!
The third stretch goal is a STRAWBERRY tiger version! These rare boyes, also known as "Golden Tigers," are very scarce in the wild. Their striping is much paler than other usual tigers and their stripes may fade into spots or large prominent patches in real, wild tigers. Golden tigers also tend to be larger and, due to the effect of the gene on the hair shaft, have softer fur than their orange relatives (ooohh). This chubby strawberry fellow will be the same size and made of the same material as his white and orange brethren in plush form for manufacturing ease, though! - REACHED!!!!!!!!
Plush, Pin, and Printed Rewards make up a huge portion of my cost. This section also includes the freight shipping from the manufacturer overseas. Shipping to Backers makes up the next highest cost... Even with USPS flat rate, this can be very pricey! Kickstarter Fees and WhiteSquirrel (my fulfillment service) Fees make up the last portion. I have switched to them this campaign instead of BackerKit!
Finally, I just wanted to thank everyone for all of their support with this project. MEGA TIGER has been a few months in the making, and I couldn't have done it without the help and support from friends and loved ones. From the bottom of my heart, and the bottom of MEGA TIGER's belly, thank you. And thank YOU for helping me make MEGA TIGER a reality by backing!
Video Music - "Junglee" by Michael Herrera. Used with permission (@papertiki)
3D model by @oceanthebard
All other material © David DePasquale 2018-2019
Risks and challenges
I was able to properly estimate and manage backers' expectations and delivery schedules with my last successful Kickstarter, and I promise to attempt to do the same with this one. Unfortunately, stuff happens, especially with overseas production and shipping, customs, etc, but with proper transparency and consistent communication I pledge to never keep my backers in the dark about an issue. I promise with this and every project I create, and as I continue hitting goal posts with this project (i.e. receiving manufacturing notifications, shipments, etc) I will absolutely, 100% keep my backers informed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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