UPDATE: Third Stretch Goal Unlocked!
After passing our last stretch-goal target, I can now reveal the third stretch goal - a set of 3 exclusive fine-art prints of Dragons which are exclusive to this Kickstarter and will NEVER be available elsewhere. More details below.
Dragons of Wales | The story so far...
The first Dragons of Wales book - Volume One, South Wales - was successfully funded on Kickstarter and published last year. An accompanying book of sketches and illustrations - Drawings of Dragons - was released earlier this year.
Work has now begun on Dragons of Wales Volume Two, North Wales and with your support I'm hoping to build on the success of the previous books and create something even better!
Dragons of Wales | What are they?
Descended from long-extinct prehistoric creatures, Welsh Dragons are very different from the fire-breathing monsters of legend. Small, agile and warm-blooded, Welsh Dragons are bird-like creatures, living hidden, secretive lives on the margins and in the shadows of our modern world.
The Dragons of the North.
This new book will document and describe the species of Welsh Dragons living in the north of Wales. This is a wild landscape of high mountains, remote moorland, dark forests and long-abandoned slate mines.
The Dragons that inhabit this part of Wales are as wild, beautiful and varied as the landscape. Some are just a few inches tall, others grow to the size of an eagle. Some feed on the nectar of wild flowers, others are ferocious predators. All will feature in this new book.
The book will follow a similar format to Dragons of Wales, Volume One.
Each Dragon will have its own double-page spread in the book, with a highly-detailed digital painting, sketches, and a description of its appearance, behavior and habitat.
This book will also delve deeper than ever before into the biology of Welsh Dragons, with sections detailing their evolution, anatomy and ethology.
The resulting book will be the most comprehensive guide-book ever produced about these wild, wonderful and occassionally weird little creatures.
This Kickstarter will, with your support, fund the creation and publication of this book. Creating the illustrations is a labour-intensive and time-consuming process, involving extensive research, field-trips, photography of reference material, and a LOT of drawing and painting. If successful, this Kickstarter will allow me to dedicate the time and resources necessary to make this book as good as it can possibly be.
In return for your support I'm offering a range of rewards, ranging from just £1 to £200.
These rewards include copies of the new book of course, but I'm also offering something else: Higher-tier backers will be able to have their own, unique Welsh Dragon brought to life in the pages of this book. You'll be able to describe, in as much detail as you can imagine, your idea for a tiny, wild, Welsh Dragon, which will then feature as one of the new species in this book. As well as a copy of the book, you will also receive a high-quality, signed giclee art-print of your Dragon and the original sketch artwork.
There is also one top-tier reward available, including all of the above, plus your Dragon will take pride-of-place on the front and rear covers of the published book.
As with my previous Kickstarter, I am also including a number of "stretch-goals" which will be un-locked if we exceed the minimum funding target.Details of these will be released as the Kickstarter campaign progresses.
UPDATE, JULY 13th - 3rd Stretch Goal Has Been Unlocked!
We did it! The third stretch goal has been reached and the reward unlocked. Now everyone who backs at the Dragon of the North tier and above will receive their book(s) PLUS the sketchbook, the map, and the set of three exclusive prints! I'm overwhelmed by the response to this, and really hope that you will all enjoy these bonus rewards, thank you!
The following Add-On rewards are available:
- A signed copy of Dragons of Wales, Volume One, South Wales (+£10)
- A signed copy of Drawings of Dragons - A Dragons of Wales Sketchbook (+£12)
- An additional signed copy of Dragons of Wales, Volume Two, North Wales (+£10)
To receive an Add-On, please add the additional cost of the item (or items) above to your pledge. Once the campaign has ended, you’ll receive a survey where you can specify the Add-On you have chosen.
If you supported my previous Kickstarter campaigns, I hope you will consider supporting this one too. Without you, I'd never have been able to consider creating a third book, and I'm most grateful for that. If this is your first Dragons of Wales Kickstarter, it's a great time to get involved. This project has developed beyond my wildest dreams in the past year, and the best is yet to come!
Risks and challenges
This will be my third Dragons of Wales Kickstarter.
Both previous books were created and shipped on-schedule and received a fantastic response from backers and the general public.
Based on this experience, and my track record of over two decades as a creative professional, I am confident in delivering this new venture on-time, and to a very high standard.
Of course the unexpected can always happen, but you can rest assured that I will keep you all informed throughout the course of this project with regular updates.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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