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A new level of collectibility from artist Echo Chernik. A personal series of KICKSTARTER ONLY prints for collectors & fans.
223 backers pledged $21,453 to help bring this project to life.

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Update! FOUR days to go on Raven!

TWO THINGS

FIRST If we make 21,112 - I will send everyone with a $40 pledge and higher a mini print of Absinthe Cthulhu (in the works), OR an additional postcard of the Raven Queen (your choice) - So that will be 2 postcards, or 6 for those of you receiving 5 (18x24 and larger).

SECONDLY - Introducing ART CHICKEN.  Here's how you play. In the next three days I will be systematically lowering the reward requirement to receive the Original Raven Study (Framed - mixed media w gouache) one of my rare original paintings.  I know there are a few of you out there (yes you!) who have been eyeing it.  I will keep lowering it until it finds a home. Once it reaches a certain number, I will remove it, and it will no longer be offered. It's starting at 4,000. :) GO!

Screen Shot of "Raven Queen" in progress. Not a photograph - this is the painting.
Screen Shot of "Raven Queen" in progress. Not a photograph - this is the painting.

Update - I have just added on a rare mixed media painting to the rewards level. Scroll down to see it!

Update - She has been renamed to "Raven Queen".

Update - I have just added on a rare mixed media painting to the rewards level. Scroll down to see it!

Update - We made our funding in a *record* fourteen hours. You are amazing!  I am going to begin work on the CUSTOM CHARM which will come with each and every Raven piece. It will be a feather, and will pair nicely with the Swan founders charm. Each and every Winged Woman will have a coordinating charm - so collect them all!

Scroll down to the stretch goals section to see what's next! Thank you again!

Hello,
My name is Echo Chernik.

My goal with this Kickstarter is to create the SECOND in a series of New, highly collectible Echo Chernik masterworks. These works will be available exclusively* on Kickstarter to my fans and collectors. The editions will be low, and will appreciate in value as their demand and popularity grows.

This piece, the second in the series, is RAVEN. I intend this to be a large, collectible collection of beautiful winged women inspired by birds.

The first in the series, Swan Queen funded at over 350% of my goal with over 150 collectors contributing to this masterpiece. Additionally, the original master-work was sold shortly after the Kickstarter had closed.

#1 Swan Queen
#1 Swan Queen

The concept of a Kickstarter edition allows me the time that I need to create personal, High Art Nouveau masterpieces, while allowing you to be a part of the process, and to collect early edition pieces that will increase in rarity and desirability.

This is the SECOND of a series of poster designs. You will be able to collect all, or simply your favorites. I intend to do a Kickstarter campaign for each print. Both the first and second are still available, so this is a great place to start if you would like to have the entire collection. Especially since the low numbers of the run should appreciate in value.

Process

Swan Queen - Sketch to Finish
Swan Queen - Sketch to Finish
Mixed Media Raven Study (gouache)
Mixed Media Raven Study (gouache)

The Series and Theme

Five years ago, I created my first truly personal piece. Five-Bar Swordtail was inspired by the personification of the butterfly which bears its name. Jakouageha followed. They are large pieces, intricately detailed.

Five-Bar Swordtail and Jakouageha by Echo Chernik
Five-Bar Swordtail and Jakouageha by Echo Chernik

 I wish to follow this vein of personal work. I received many requests for winged Art Nouveau women. Similar to the way that I created the butterfly pieces with a theme, I wish to theme my beautiful winged goddesses to various gorgeous birds.

My initial sketch for this work was posted live for Kickstarter backers to show what I had in mind. My process is fluid - and a lot of details can change from the sketch to the finish.

Why Kickstarter

This Kickstarter is the beginning of a concept that will allow the best of all worlds for everyone involved.   The idea of a Kickstarter-Only available print will allow me to spend the time that I need to create the personal pieces with all of the delicious detail that my fans adore, while rewarding backers with an exclusive piece that can only be gotten through backing.

The benefit to you is this. There will be two editions of the print. The Kickstarter Only (K-O) print will be full sized - 4:3 proportions (e.g., 18"w X 24"t). The public print will be heavily cropped to 2:1 proportions (e.g., 12"w X 24"t).  The introduction of the mainstream cropped version will promote the value of the limited edition Kickstarter Only prints - and make yours grown exponentially in value, based on the popularity of the artwork. As more people possess the mainstream work, they will covet your out of print version.

Your investment on helping me make these pieces come to life is meant to be a mutually beneficial journey, and will help with the creation of works that may otherwise never see the light of day.  The run size of the individual sizes will depend on the number of backers.  All the prints will be signed individually by the artist and will come with a certificate verifying authenticity. All are giclee quality prints.

Other benefits.  I will be working on the piece on LiveStream, so that you can stop by and check in on it's progress if you wish. Ask me questions, and even contribute to the piece as it is being created.

Thank you for reading my proposal, and for considering joining in on the creation of the first in a series of gorgeous masterworks, which you can help to make possible.

Rewards

Almost ever backer will receive a Giclee on Art Paper or Canvas as part of the their reward. But there are some unique and limited rewards to be aware of:

The final Masterwork Original will also be available to backers only, but the level for that has not been set. Swan Queen's Masterwork Original was purchased privately after close of the last kickstarter. If you are interested in the Original Masterwork, please contact me.

Besides the Masterwork, there are also a number of original studies Echo is working on for to prepare for the finished piece, including a mixed media study and studies of Ravens in Graphite.

Mixed Media Study for Raven by Echo Chernik
Mixed Media Study for Raven by Echo Chernik
Raven Study in Graphite by Echo Chernik - SOLD
Raven Study in Graphite by Echo Chernik - SOLD

Additionally, EVERY print comes with a custom charm designed exclusively for Raven by Echo Chernik. The example below was the charm for Swan Queen. Raven will be a feather, black if possible.

Swan's Collector's Charms. Crane's will be unique.
Swan's Collector's Charms. Crane's will be unique.

STRETCH GOALS

$12,000 - REACHED! Now every backer with a reward level of $40 or more will receive a postcard of the Raven Queen. Backers earning a reward of 18"x24" Giclees on Art Paper ($200 level) and larger will receive a pack of five!

$15,000 - I will do a small feather sketch on each and every certificate of authenticity!

$20,000 - Tutorials! I will compile some video tutorials of how I work on individual parts of the piece!

$30,000 - To be announced!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q - Charms - Will I receive a charm per print? Or one charm per order?
A - You will receive one custom designed charm *per* print, as well as a certificate of authenticity with an embossed stamp and signed by the artist!

Q - What will you do with the extra money once you meet or exceed your goal?
A - I would like to build or renovate a studio, open to the public and to teach art, on the outskirts of Seattle. It will have a gallery space, where you can visit me working, and ideally have the opportunity to offer classes in the future.  Every Winged Woman that exceeds her goal contributes to a savings fund to make this dream a reality. 

Q - What happens if I would like to get one of the earlier kickstarter pieces but I missed it? 
A - I will be rolling over the earlier editions into the later kickstarters, but only on a limited basis. Once the Kickstarter for a piece closes, the numbers are locked.  So I will offer what is available, but once they are gone, you will have to purchase off of an existing collector.

Q - Once the Kickstarter closes, can I upgrade?
A - Yes! As long as you contributed to the Kickstarter, you are a backer. Therefore you will have flexibility to upgrade!

Q - With this Kickstarter, do I get the Raven print? Yes! Or the Raven and Swan if you choose!

Q - Do you accept layaway? I'm short on cash, but I really want to contribute!
A - Absolutely! Just back at the level that you are comfortable with, and then contact me about upgrading. I can do this with open edition items, however I cannot with limited rewards. For example, you could back with only $5 for now, but later "upgrade" after the Kickstarter is over to a higher level to receive the appropriate reward - but only if there are still print available at that level. Once they are gone, they are gone.

Risks and challenges

It takes me about 4-6 weeks to create a poster of this magnitude. I enjoy more than anything hearing from my fan base, especially positive feedback.

We have successfully funded the first work "Swan Queen" as well as three art book campaigns through Kickstarter. Books take longer to deliver due to customs, printing and postal delays. These posters are created in house, so as soon as the piece is complete, it will be shipped with no delay.

Thank you!

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    Thank you! You may come watch me create the piece on LiveStream.com!! A final digital wallpaper featuring the piece will be emailed for your enjoyment with my gratitude!

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    ONE 11"x17" (Art at 11"x14") Signed Archival Print. A KICKSTARTER ONLY signed archival print. Certificate of Authenticity as an official K-O print! Please add $5 for dedication.

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    ONE 13"x19" Signed Archival Print with Certificate of Authenticity and Official Embossed Stamp. A beautiful and manageable size for framing! Please add $5 for dedication.

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    An UNKINDNESS of 11x14 Ravens. Two or more Ravens (no swan). If you pledge 80 at this level, you will receive two 11x14's signed by the artist. If you would like more than two at this size - pledge a higher number, then message me to indicate how many you would like. 3=$120, 4=$160, 5=$190

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    TWO 11"x17" (Art at 11"x14") Signed Archival Prints. One of "Raven" and one of the first print, "Swan". This level provides you with two signed archival prints in an easy to frame size. Please add $5 each for dedication. Includes 2 Certificates of Authenticity as official K-O prints!

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    The Gifting Level! One 13x19" print for you! One 11x14" for a friend! Two certificates, two charms, two signatures.

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    TWO 13"x19" Signed Archival Prints. One of "Raven" and one of the first print, "Swan". This level provides you with two signed archival prints in an easy to frame size. Please add $5 each for dedication. Includes 2 Certificates of Authenticity as official K-O prints!

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    ONE 18"x24" Signed Archival Print at the perfect size! Certificate of Authenticity and Official Embossed Stamp this as a low run collectible. Kickstarter-Only, these will be limited to the number pledged, plus a few for the studio. This is the optimal size for the piece. Dedication is included.

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    AN UNKINDNESS of Ravens ASSORTMENT #1
    This level gives you (including all certificate of authenticities and other goodies):
    2 11x14's, 1 13x19, 1 18x24 All signed.

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    Original study drawing of one Raven in Graphite.
    I will post the studies - First backer will get first choice and so on. One 11x14", 13x19 or 18x24 print of Raven (your choice). If you would like a larger print with this, pledge an additional amount equal to the reward level that would normally provide your preferred size. If you would like to add swan, another limited reward or have questions or requests, please contact me through Kickstarter's messaging. If you would like two studies, please message me!

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    ONE 27"x36" Signed Archival Print at THE MAGNIFICENT size! Certificate of Authenticity and Official Embossed Stamp this as a low run collectible. Kickstarter-Only, these will be limited to the number pledged, plus a few for the studio. Dedication is included.

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    TWO 18"x24" Signed Archival Prints. One of "Raven" and one of the first print, "Swan". This level provides you with two signed archival prints at the perfect size. Dedication is included as well as 2 Certificates of Authenticity as official K-O prints!

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    AN UNKINDNESS of Ravens ASSORTMENT #2 I call this the ALL YOUR FRIENDS WILL LOVE YOU WHEN YOU GIVE THEM A GIFT level! This level gives you (including all certificate of authenticities and other goodies): 5 11x14's, 1 13x19, 1 18x24 All signed.

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    GICLEE ON CANVAS: 18"x24" S/N Giclee on Canvas of the finished K-O artwork with a drawing on the back. Dedication optional. Important - The edition size will depend on the number of backers at this level. Up to five additional will be created for the studio. This edition will not exceed 20, but may be as low as 10.

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    TWO 27"x36" Signed Archival Prints. One of "Raven" and one of the first print, "Swan". This level provides you with two signed archival prints at this stunning size. Dedication is included as well as 2 Certificates of Authenticity as official K-O prints!

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    Raven Feather Edition: 18"x24" Signed Archival Print framed and matted with mounted crow feather underneath artwork. Frame hand decorated by artist in silver or gold (optional) Edition of no more than 5 available. Response will determine final edition run. Contact Echo directly for additional upgrades (e.g., crow Feather Edition).

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    CHIEF AVIARIST Level -
    One $950 backer will get to choose the next bird in the series. Provide me with three choices - your first, second and third choice, and I will pick one. You will also receive an 18x24 of Raven (or a selection of smaller prints, your choice) AND the equivalent size(s) of YOUR bird print (that's both prints - you won't need to back the next one), PLUS a bonus 11x14 of your bird to show off with. For $1350 pledge, you will also get to dictate the womans haircolor, suggest ethnicity AND I will hide an easter egg of your choice in the piece. I will also hide one name (or a symbol).
    AND Last but not least, I will do a small drawing of your bird on your certificate of authenticity.

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    Original Finished Drawing(s) of Raven on Vellum. Includes up to $200 worth of prints (one 18x24, 5 11x14, 2 13x19 and an 11x14), or upgrade to 27x36 for $200.

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    Raven Feather Edition: 27"x36" Signed Archival Print framed and matted with mounted crow feather underneath artwork. Frame hand decorated by artist in silver or gold (optional) Edition of no more than 5 available. Response will determine final edition run. Contact Echo directly for additional upgrades (e.g., crow Feather Edition).

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    Raven AND Swan Feather Edition: 18"x24" Signed Archival Prints framed separately and matted with mounted crow (and swan) feathers underneath artworks. Frames hand decorated by artist in silver or gold (optional) Only a few of these are available. Response will determine final edition run. Contact Echo directly for additional upgrades.

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    ORIGINAL mixed media painting "Huginn & Muninn" already framed (as pictured in main text). This is currently hanging in gallery - so it's your best chance to get it before anyone else does. Also, an 18x24 print of Raven. The original is available immediately and will be shipped when Kickstarter closes. Raven will have to be produced. Contact Echo directly for additional upgrades.

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    GICLEE ON CANVAS: 30"x40" S/N Giclee on Canvas of the finished K-O artwork with a drawing on the back. Dedication optional. Important - The edition size will depend on the number of backers at this level. Up to three additional will be created for the studio. This edition will not exceed 10, but may be as low as 5.

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    Raven AND Swan Feather Edition: 27"x36" Signed Archival Prints framed separately and matted with mounted crow (and swan) feathers underneath artworks. Frames hand decorated by artist in silver or gold (optional) Only a few of these are available. Response will determine final edition run. Contact Echo directly for additional upgrades.

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    The Original -
    Mixed Media, gouache, gold leaf original Raven. Yes! THE FINISHED ORIGINAL mixed media painting that will be at least 36" wide x 48" tall. Those of you who know my work know that I do very few painted originals. Shipping not included, framing options available. Add an additional $1,200 to this level if you wish to purchase all of the original hand-drawn sketches and material for this work, add an additional $4,000 for all of the original sketches and the color study. Also includeds two 18x24 posters to give as gifts (aka to show off).

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