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Eliza GregoryBy Eliza Gregory
First created
Eliza GregoryBy Eliza Gregory
First created
£1,479
pledged of £1,000pledged of £1,000 goal
48
backers
5days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, April 28 2019 4:57 PM UTC +00:00.

About

Good question. I've asked myself this many times

I'm currently an Illustration student studying my final year at university. As part of my self-directed under-graduate project, I had a strong wish to create something physical, something I could hold and flick through and feel, well, proper. Arguably more importantly, I wanted to create a body of work that I would be proud of and (if this Kickstarter is successful) gain massive confidence knowing that other people enjoyed it too.

This brings me onto the project itself...

The Tale of Princess Kaguya (aka The Tale of The Bamboo Cutter) is an ancient Japanese folk tale that dates back to around the 9th-10th century Japan. It's about a young girl (Kaguya) who's found in a shining stalk of bamboo by an old, poor bamboo cutter. As Kaguya grows at an unnatural pace, rumours begin to spread of her beauty. However, she does not wish to see anyone. Five of the highest ranking Noblemen in the land attempt to win the Princess over by comparing her to various unique treasures. The princess therefore sends these five suitors on near impossible tasks to each obtain this item of rarity that they so willingly compared her to, so that they can prove their true individual devotion. But Kaguya has a mysterious past that even she did not remember. A past that would come back to retrieve her...

This tale has been retold many times with various versions throughout history and I wanted to create my very own unique edition of it, combining one of my favourite tales with my own love of art and drawing. The result is this fully illustrated re-telling of the old tale presented for anyone to enjoy. 

I have thoroughly enjoyed making these textured drawings and hope I have conveyed the strong emotions that play a part in this story.

  • The book will be 40 pages of story and colourful, visually textured illustrations. 
  •  landscape 18 x 28 cm.

It will look something like this;

hardback edition
hardback edition
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internal example
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My process

Every single one of the illustrations has been hand-drawn traditionally with pencil that I then scanned into the computer and coloured digitally to get the finished look.

original pencil illustrations
original pencil illustrations
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What your money goes towards

(And no, it's not my student debt!) 

With your pledges, this book can officially come to life. Which in itself means a lot to me. The money from your funding will go towards the professional printing of this book, hardback and all, for you to enjoy.  Depending on what reward tier you go for, you could even get some extra goodies!

As you will have seen if you've scrolled down this far, there are several tiers with various rewards to tickle your fancy. Most of the rewards are pretty self-explanatory (although send a Q&A this way if you're still unsure about anything.)

The handmade Japanese stab stitch notebook:

I really enjoy making these little books. The book you will receive will have plain cartridge paper inside, with a fabric bound cover to keep in the aesthetics of my book. 

  • The notebook will be roughly A5 size, with 50 pages (25 leafs, similar to the thickness of the navy blue one as pictured below)

Here's a couple I've previously made, and what you'd expect to receive:

Japanese stab-stitch notebook (fabric pattern and size will be different to those pictured)
Japanese stab-stitch notebook (fabric pattern and size will be different to those pictured)

For visual updates, check out my instagram: @elizasdrawing

Thank you for taking a look at my project and I hope you like what you see and decide to support me in bringing this beautiful book to life!

Please feel free to send any questions or queries in the Q&A section. 

Risks and challenges

The books are being printed at a professional printers, however, this isn't to say errors might occur. If this happens, a reprint may be required and the delivery date may be pushed back.

Postage and delivery might vary depending on where you live, especially if you're international. I've tried my best at calculating the costs by asking my local Royal Mail post office. This may or may not change if we end up leaving the EU (hopefully it won't.)​

For international buyers: Your parcel will be sent via Royal Mail international Tracked and Signed
For UK buyers: Your parcel will be sent via Royal Mail First class

In terms of work completion, this shouldn't be anything to worry about as it is for a university project so it has a set deadline!

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    A little thank you

    For those who just want to help the project along. You will also receive email updates on the project and a phone background wallpaper of the bamboo forest illustration (as seen in the about) as a little thank you for supporting my work!

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    Signed hardback + a small quality print

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    A professionally printed hardback edition of the book signed and numbered, with the addition of a personal message from myself as a thank you! You will also recieve​ a small A5 sized print as a little limited edition bonus

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    Get the professionally printed hardback edition of the book and your very own handmade Japanese stab stitch notebook with cartridge paper plus 3 signed postcard prints and a larger print of an inside illustration of your choice!

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    Deluxe bundle + a custom portrait

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    Whether it's your best friend, family member or even a beloved pet; I will draw a portrait of them in the style of the illustrations in this book. You'll also, of course, recieve​ the same things as the above Deluxe edition!

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