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The project

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.

The process

Stephen Under The Bed
Stephen Under The Bed

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.

Rich in 3am mode
Rich in 3am mode

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.

Stephen prep work
Stephen prep work

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.

The rewards

Material from Stephens asylum pack
Material from Stephens asylum pack

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.

Stephen print
Stephen print

 The future

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;
https://www.etsy.com/uk/your/shops/DrawingInDark/reviews…

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 :)

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.56

    Backstage pass ! A sneak peek at what I'm working on as I start in August and an update from the show in October with photos of the new work.

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    A personal thank you note from the monsters and I in the form of an A6 Stephen card to keep or gift. Printed on quality card with archive quality inks so you can display your reward - just let me know what you'd like it to say :)

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    A set of 10 digital Rorschach images made by us whilst channeling Stephen. Not our fault if you keep seeing things with many legs in them

    A digital file for you print and analyse your friends with at home.

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    Kickstarter exclusive :) A pdf version of Stephens Asylum file with all the interesting stuff in - his whole story from being one of us to, er, one of him. Contains a map, newpaper articles, his patient notes and more !

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    Pledge £25 or more About $39

    Kickstarter exclusive - signed Stephen mini print, limited edition so best be quick on this one !

    Print size 9" x 4.5" (22.86 cm x 11.43 cm)

    Archive quality inks on fine art paper. Ships worldwide in secure packaging.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $78

    Signed Stephen mini print, plus a set of ten printed Rorschach cards.

    Stephen print size 9" x 4.5" (22.86 cm x 11.43 cm), archive quality inks on fine art paper. Ships worldwide in secure packaging.

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    Pledge £75 or more About $117

    Earlybird special - signed Stephen large print, limited edition so a very exclusive offer. Comes with a set of ten printed Rorschach cards from the asylum pack.

    Stephen print size 18" x 9" (45.72 cm x 22.86cm), archive quality inks on fine art paper. Ships worldwide in secure packaging.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $156

    Asylum pack - featuring previously unseen material. A file containing Stephens case notes including unique Rorschach cards, psychiatric evaluation and details of the abandoned asylum he lurks in, plus a large signed Stephen print. Hours of fun to be had with this one :)

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    Pledge £250 or more About $389

    Expanded Asylum pack, contains the Stephen file, large signed Stephen print plus an original prep work sketch chosen at random by me. Or him...

    The original work comes in a 6 " x 6 " oak frame with clear acrylic glazing so it is safe to ship.

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    Pledge £500 or more About $778

    Expanded Asylum pack, contains the Stephen file, large signed Stephen print, plus a sheet of original prep work sketches chosen at random by me. Or him...

    The original work comes in a 12 " x 12 " oak frame with clear acrylic glazing so it is safe to ship.

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    Pledge £2,500 or more About $3,890

    The original Stephen drawing in charcoal pencil on Fabriano Artistico paper. This was the very first completed drawing of him so a very personal piece.

    Paper size 16" x 12" or 40.6cm x 30.5cm, comes complete with an oak frame with clear acrylic glazing so it is safe to ship.

    Also includes the asylum pack and copies of my prep work so you have the full picture.

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