Yo! I'm Ethan, I have a half white beard (yes it's natural) and I'm a Hermit. I mean, a Freelance Illustrator, specializing in Comics. I get those confused sometimes... Oh right, what I've been doing. I've been mostly making my living from doing Independent Comics, Art for Tabletop RPGs, and private Commissions (usually D&D or Shadowrun related).
During the majority of this time, I've lived in fear of getting a commission that is based around cars (still do, just less so). Which is why it was such a surprise to me when I stumbled upon this ability to draw complex mechanical monstrosities. Upon this discovery, I quickly came up with a name for them: "Mechadoodles." "Mecha", because of the mechanical bits, and "Doodle" because it makes it sound less intimidating to me. Which is key.
With the meditative nature of drawing these, it wasn't long before the connection to coloring books was made. A connection so undeniable, how could I not follow through? And so here we are!
The 24 highly detailed drawings found in "Techno-Necronomicon: The Coloring Book" are a collection of my more morbid Mechadoodles. They bring together Heavy Machinery, Dinosaurs, Bugs, Animals, Dragons, Movie Monsters, and that late 80s/early 90s cartoon aesthetic mixed with a little bit of that Heavy Metal Edge lording.
Also, a little secret between you and I, there will be at least 1 never before seen Mechadoodle included in Techno-Necronomicon: The Coloring Book!
Discovering this ability was less about learning something new, and more about giving myself permission. Giving myself permission to not have a goal at the onset of a drawing. Giving myself permission to be OK with a drawing turning out horrible. Giving myself permission to do what I think is cool, consequences be damned! None of which I could have done without thinking about these as doodles. And I think if you watch me make one of these, it's pretty apparent that I'm not really stressing about what goes where, or whether the lines are "right" or not. I'm just making lines and worrying about how they relate after the fact.
My thinking is: "How could it be wrong if nobody knows what it's supposed to look like?" Even I, as the person drawing it doesn't know what it's supposed to look like, so how could an observer?! It's all about just going with the flow man. It's all about making a shape then another shape next to that shape, and another shape next to that shape, until it's built up into something. With a little perspective thrown in.
It just so happens that the shapes my mind usually makes, look like machines and animal parts.
Ever since this epiphany, I've been looking for ways to help others make similar breakthroughs. And since Art is the only area that I'm qualified in. It's where I look for opportunities.
To this end, I started to stream them live on Twitch.tv three times a week to open a dialogue with viewers about how they can overcome these hurdles for themselves. During which time I've had an outpouring of positivity about the project. I've even taught a few artists how to make their own Mechadoodles during that time, which has been lot of fun!
Seeing as this is my first project like this, I'm not sure what kind of market there is for something like this. So instead of me investing a bunch of money (that I don't have) up front and seeing if folks are interested after the fact. I figured I'd kill 2 birds with 1 stone. I get to see if there's a cross section of people who are enjoying the Mechadoodles, and also want a coloring book full of these crimes against nature.
All of the art for the book is done, with plenty to spare! So if this project does well, you can expect to see more books just like this in the future!
WE HIT OUR GOAL!
Now we get to talk about...
Who doesn’t like stickers?! If we can get to $1800 by the end of the campaign, everyone who is getting a physical copy of Techno-Necronomicon: The Coloring Book will get 3 totally brutal 4”x 4” Die Cut Mechadoodle stickers PER BOOK!
And those who are getting Drawings on the inside cover will be getting 2 copies of each sticker! That’s 10 4”x 4” Die Cut stickers!
Apologies to all of my non-United States residence, but since this is my first Kickstarter I've limited shipping to only the United States. However, digital copies can ship anywhere ;)
Risks and challenges
The only real risk that I can think of is if the printing is somehow delayed, but I've built enough time into fulfillment to allow for some delay. As I've said above, all the drawings are already finished, so we're good there. And packaging and shipping cost/timing are well accounted for.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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