Meet the monsters
Horror art exhibition and book. Dragging my demons out of the darkness by the trouser leg if necessary to explain themselves. .
Monsters aren't just creepy on the outside - they can be creepy on the inside too. I want to go further than creating images of them - instead, I want to bring you into their lives and show you around. I started with Stephen (the star of our video) who is also featured in your rewards but there are more waiting to join us. Which is why I'm inviting you to play too.
If I can get the next two monsters done, photographed, prints and other fun things run up, then they already have a place reserved in the Dark Arts exhibition, part of the Bram Stoker International Film Festival. Having more artwork ready for the festival will also help raise funds to keep me in coffee while I get the ones after that going, building a monster family for a future book. Essentially, you're providing a means of helping these monsters into gainful employment.
Children and animals may be difficult to work with - but they're not a patch on monsters. They turn up when they like, clear off when they like, hide - yes, Stephen, we can see you under there - and have a nasty habit of waking everyone up in the early hours of the morning.
It's not just me either - my incredibly patient partner Rich is very used to checking the shadows for whatever I think is lurking in there this week, making models of the monsters (in the case of Stephen Under the Bed, an entire diorama) and had a lot of fun with the making of our video.
They also take a lot of work to bring into the world. I start literally from the bones up and spend a huge amount of time researching anatomy to make sure I've got them right. Only when the structure is sound do I produce a final drawing.
In Stephens case, this also involved researching the abandoned asylum where he lives, the creation of his patient notes, a hand drawn map, newspaper cuttings, Rorschach inkblots and more - all of which are available for the first time in the rewards. To see why he's such an interesting monster, you can read more of Stephens story - and see what happens if you listen to Alice Coopers 'Welcome to my Nightmare for several weeks straight ) - in this blog post.
Because I know you've worked hard for your money too, I've made sure that all the rewards here are something special - limited edition signed prints of the very first Stephen drawing, previously unseen additional material and even original artwork that isn't available anywhere else.
I'll be showing Stephen and his new friends at this years Dark Arts exhibition as part of the Bram Stoker International Film Festival.
If we really kick collective backside, the funds go towards further work which will be brought together in a beautiful book featuring each of the monsters and their own personal stories. Let's do this thing !
Risks and challenges
Although all safety precautions have been taken, there is a slight risk I may be eaten by monsters.
That occupational hazard aside, it's fairly plain sailing - the first monster is out there so I only need to order the correct quantity of prints for your rewards. The art prints are being done by a company I have used for years and trust to deliver beautiful images on time.
If you'd like to read what other customers have said, you can view the feedback in my Etsy shop here;
Sometimes, life gets in the way but that's why I'm planning this whole thing in manageable stages so I only move onto the next on successful completion of the last.
Plus, with regular updates here you can watch me go - and send help in case of being eatenness :)Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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